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Beer Batter Fish

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I think I finally figured out why I love fries so much, I grew up eating Beer Batter Fish & Chips! I remember how excited I used to get when my dad would make this meal for dinner. Okay, I may have been more excited when we went to the Fish & Chip shop in Westlake, CA for lunch. They served the Fish & Chips wrapped in real newspaper!!

My all-time favorite meal, Beer Batter Fish & Chips! cookingwithcurls.com

I thought that was the coolest thing ever! As an adult, it kind of freaks me out, LOL. If you look closely, you will see a sheet of waxed paper between my food and the newspaper. 😉 I have no idea when the OCD kicked in, it’s actually quite annoying.

Crispy traditional-style Beer Batter Fish and Chips | cookingwithcurls.com_

I am pulling this recipe out of the vault for St. Patrick’s Day, which is kind of odd considering the fact that I use Newcastle Brown Ale. I have tried making this batter with Guinness, and Corona, but it just wasn’t the same. My mom is from Newcastle, and that is the beer that I remember from my childhood. It just doesn’t taste right when I mess with the recipe. 😉

How to make Beer Batter Fish:

Heat about 1/3 gallon of peanut oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven until it reaches 350 degrees.

Mix 1 cup of flour with salt and white pepper on a large plate, and set aside…..

Beer Batter Fish pepper cookingwithcurls.com

Whisk 2 cups of flour with salt, baking powder, pepper, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs and beer, and whisk to create a smooth batter…..

Beer Batter Fish mix cookingwithcurls.com

I made my Homemade French Fries first, so my oil was ready to go. Dredge the cod pieces in the flour mixture…..

Beer Batter Fish dredge cookingwithcurls.com

Coating all sides. Then dip cod into the batter making sure to completely coat…..

Beer Batter Fish batter cookingwithcurls.com

Carefully slide the battered cod into the heated oil…..

Beer Batter Fish fry cookingwithcurls.com

The fish like to sink to the bottom, so use a pair of tongs or a wire scoop to keep the fish floating. Continue with the remaining fish, cooking until the fish is golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Serve with Homemade “Chips”, lemon wedges, and/or malt vinegar…..

Crispy Beer Batter Fish served with Homemade French Fries | cookingwithcurls.com_

I personally do not dip my fish into any kind of sauce. Nor do I use the lemon or vinegar, but it’s the traditional way to serve authentic Fish & Chips. That bottle of vinegar will remain unopened until my dad shows up to use it, or it goes out of date and I toss it in the trash, LOL

Light, crispy perfection…..just like I remember…..

Traditional-style Beer Batter Fish and Chips | cookingwithcurls.com_

Some additional British/Irish recipes that you should try:

Homemade French Fries “Chips”

Guinness Steak Pie – my take on the British Steak & Ale Pie.

Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew

Crispy Roast Potatoes

Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup

I pulled my fish out of the freezer 2 days before I needed it, and it was still frozen! I used it anyway and it worked perfectly. From now on I may just go ahead and use it frozen, one less thing to worry about. 😉


Traditional-style Beer Batter Fish and Chips | cookingwithcurls.com_

Beer Batter Fish

Light and crispy Beer Batter Fish paired with traditional chips for the perfect meal!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: fish, cod, fried, british, recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


For Dredging:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper

For the Batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups dark ale beer (I used Newcastle)
  • 2 large eggs

To Cook:

  • 2 pounds cod (cut into 2-inch strips)
  • peanut oil for frying


  • Heat oil to 350 degrees in a large, heavy pot {or Dutch oven).
  • Mix flour, salt, and pepper together on a large place, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, pepper, and sugar. Add the eggs and beer, whisk to combine.
  • Dredge cod in the flour mixture, then dip in the batter; turn to completely cover.
  • Gently place the battered cod in the hot oil. Use tongs to keep fish from sticking to the bottom. Continue with additional pieces of fish.
  • Cook until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  • Serve with homemade "chips", lemon wedges, and malt vinegar.


Peanut Oil is not included in the total nutrition count since you will not be consuming the entire amount of oil used.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 836mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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  1. That batter looks perfect …. and I’m a malt vinegar kinda gal! I love it on fish! Too funny about the wax paper – I never would have noticed had you not mentioned it! 😉

  2. I LOVE fish and chips – but I’m quite frightened of the deep frying part – did it make a huge mess?
    Found you through Made from Pinterest – thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes Shelly, it does make a mess. The oil will bubble and splatter, but it’s really easy to clean up. Deep frying is something that I only do once or twice a year, but this fish is worth it!! 🙂

  3. Lisa- WOW this looks fantastic. Man do I love a good fish fry (and beer for that matter). I’m always a little hesitant to try frying things at home because it seems to always come out soggy? *sigh* I’d love for you to share a post at my Tuesday link party today, if you’re interested!

    xoxo K

    1. Thank you K. Is your oil hot enough? If not your food takes longer to cook and soaks up more oil. If you keep it at 350 you should end up with nice, crispy fish. 🙂

  4. I love fish and chips! This is perfect for me right now with Lent going on (fish on Fridays!)- I think it’s awesome that you chose a dark ale. It seems like everyone goes for lighter beers for a dish like this, but I love dark beer, so this is a recipe after my heart. Thanks for sharing!

    I stopped by from Wow Me Wednesday.

  5. I’m loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7. I can’t wait! Lou Lou Girls

  6. Hi. Glad you posted this recipe. I hope it will encourage folks to make this at home. I HAD to resort to making my own fish & chips ever since “fear of fat” has gripped this nation. We used to have at least a couple of fish & chips shops around town, but not anymore. There’s not a one left. And I live in a big city! About once a year I fire up my cast iron dutch oven and treat us to crispy, beer battered fish. Such a treat! I strain and filter the oil and keep it in the fridge for any future frying. If you do this you can re-use it 3 or 4 times. Just be careful not to burn food in it. What stops most of us from doing an occasional deep fry is the fact that we just don’t happen to have a large quantity of oil just hanging around. Keeping and re-using a special stash for just that purpose makes it easier. Oh, and I make my own blend of Old Bay Seasoning and add a pinch of it to the flour. Delish! Glad I found you. Thanks!

  7. When I had fish and chips in England, I was served an enormous amount of fish. More fish than chips often. The portion of fish I was served was a good 8 to 10 inches long and wonderfully battered. It is not fish and chips unless there is malt vinegar handy. I douse mine so that it is virtually swimming in it. Hubby just salts his , ick. He is a picky eater and does not like anything acidic.
    If you don’t want to use the traditional beer, soda water works very well. It is important to use the batter right away before the bubbles dissipate. Beer keeps the bubbles longer and this is what makes your batter crispy and fluffy.
    Instead of baking powder alone, I would add some baking soda too. It has a tendency to bubble up better. : )

  8. I love fish and chips as long as the fish is mild, which I think cod is! I have always been afraid to cook it but you make is sound easy so maybe I will try it soon. Pinning it also!! Thanks for the recipe!!


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