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Crispy Beer Battered Fish

The yeast and carbonation in beer makes the batter puffy just like you get at good fish 'n chip shops. Meanwhile the rice flour + shock of ice cold batter hitting the hot oil makes it super crispy. Normal wheat flour doesn't cut it – the batter goes soggy within minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine english, fish, fish recipes
Servings 4 People
Calories 322 kcal



  • 700 g white fish fillets like flathead, snapper, whiting, cod, tilapia, flathead (skinless, boneless,


  • ▢ ¼ cup rice flour Note 2


  • ¾ cup plain/all purpose flour
  • ½ cup rice flour makes it super crispy, Note 2
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup very cold beer anything other than dark beers like stout, porter etc (Note 3)


  • ▢ 4 – 5 cups peanut oil or vegetable, canola or cottonseed oil


  • ▢ Tartare Sauce
  • ▢ Lemon Wedges
  • ▢ Homemade Crispy French fries
  • ▢ Baked Potato Wedges


  • Dry & cut fish: Pat fish dry using paper towels or a tea towel. Cut into 7 x 3cm / 3 x 1¼" batons, or larger fillets if you prefer. If you have very thick fillets, cut in half horizontally
  • Dusting bowl: Place ¼ cup rice flour in a shallow bowl.
  • Heat oil: Heat 6cm / 2" – 3" oil in a large heavy based pot over medium high heat to 190°C/375°F.
  • Salt & dust: While oil is heating, sprinkle 3 or 4 pieces of fish with a pinch of salt, then coat in rice flour and shake off excess. You can leave them like this for up to 10 minutes.
  • Cold batter: Just before cooking, whisk together the flour, rice flour, baking powder and salt. Add very cold beer into the batter and whisk just until incorporated evenly into the flour. Do not over-mix, do not worry about flour lumps (Note 4). It should be a fairly thin batter but fully coat the back of a spoon. If too thick, add beer 1 tsp at a time.
  • Dredge fish: Dunk a piece of fish in the batter, the let the excess drip off very briefly.
  • Fry 3 minutes: Carefully lower into oil, dropping it in away from you, one piece at a time. Don't crowd the pot; fry in batches. Fry for 3 minutes, flipping after about 2 minutes, until deep golden.
  • Drain: Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining fish. Serve hot! However it will stay crisp for 15 – 20 minutes. (Note 5 for larger batch cooking).
  • Serve with Tartare Sauce, lemon wedges and a leafy green salad on the side dressed with a classic vinaigrette. Serve with Crispy French Fries or oven baked wedges!


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword crispy fish, fish, fish and chips, fish appertizer