Beer Batter Recipe

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This beer batter recipe is sent in from a visitor, Kate.

Here is what she says...

This recipe is my mom's and is particularly wonderful with fish. I have many happy memories of dad catching fish for mom to batter and fry.

It makes enough batter to coat about 2 medium fish fillets.

Plan it well in advance, because it is best left for a few hours prior to use - the standing breaks down the gluten which makes the chances of the batter being rubbery much less.

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten (keep the egg whites for later)
  • 3/4 cup flat beer


Combine the flour, salt, oil and egg yolks in a bowl and mix well. Then gradually add the beer while stirring constantly - or you can use a blender.

Cover the batter and let it rest in the refrigerator for 6 hours (3hrs minimum).

Just prior to coating the fish, beat the two egg whites until they are stiff white peaks.

Remove the batter from the refrigerator and fold in the egg whites.

The fish pieces should be patted dry to help the batter stick - dip into flour then into the batter.

Fry in heated cooking oil until the fish is done - around 10 minutes or so for a medium piece of fish.

********* From Liz

I've been asked if it's possible to make this recipe without beer - it won't be beer batter then of course, but I would suggest trying half sparkling mineral water and half milk to substitute for the beer.

Some people do not want alcohol for health reasons, some think that they will taste the beer in the finished batter. If it's for health or religious reasons, then it's perfectly okay to substitute sparkling water - it's the bubbles that seem to make the batter lighter. If it's because of the taste, then you really won't taste the beer, just the lightness that it gives. 

Also, letting batter stand is quite important - the same advice goes for pancakes as well.


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Beer Batter Recipe

By , Mar 30, 2016

Beer Batter

A beer batter recipe to make your batter light as air. You'll need flat beer, not a whole bottle, so you can exercise cook's privileges and drink the rest.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Main Ingredient: flour, eggs, beer