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Beer Battered Fish

Beer Battered Fish made with walleye fish.

Beer Battered Fish with a crispy coating and light tender fillets of fish.

Crispy beer battered fish is easy to make at home.

Beer Battered Fish is one of our favorite ways to make fish at home. Who can resist that crunchy coating and the perfect flaky fish? Not me! 

Ingredients for beer battered fish - white fish, flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt and beer!

We have a summer fishing/camping tradition. We always spend one weekend on Lake Roosevelt, on the Columbia River camping and fishing.

We have several families that go together. There’s a core group that’s always there, but we always have a few more families that are able to join us each year. This year there were a total of 15 of us.

Fishing on the Columbia River for Walleye.

We go for the fish – Walleye, but it’s also about having a great time and hanging out with everyone.

Walleye are a tender fish and need a net in order to bring them into the boat. Otherwise they tend to fall off the hook just as you bring them out of the water.

Fishing takes patience!

Sometimes the fishing gets a bit slow.

Freshly caught walleye fish

Some years the fishing is better than others, but we always catch enough to have a huge fish fry back at camp.

Most years we also have enough to bring back home and stock our freezers. I use the same recipe for making beer battered fish at home as I do at camp.

Since I’m never quite sure how much batter we will need at camp, I mix up all the dry ingredients and place in a zip top bag. I mix one batch in each bag and I usually bring 3 or 4 bags with me (you just never know how much you might need!)

At camp you just add beer until the mixture is the right consistency.  You could just mix right in the bag and have one less thing to clean up.  We usually dump the dry ingredients into a big bowl since we do so many fish.

Walleye fillets ready for beer batter.

Rod is always our fish fryer at camp.

Beer battered fish being cooked in camp

And he cooks up a ton!

Platter full of beer battered fish.

At home, we use the same method – just in smaller portions. If you don’t have walleye, any light white fish will work.

Beer Battered fish made with walleye fish

5 from 5 votes
Beer Battered fish made with walleye fish
Beer Battered Fish
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Beer battered fish with a crunchy coating and tender flaky fish. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer battered fish, fish, fried fish, walleye
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 295 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 12 oz beer
Remaining Ingredients
  • 1 -2 pounds fish fillets
  • corn oil for frying
  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add beer and stir. Mixture should be like pancake batter. 

  2. Add 1 1/2 -2 inches oil to pan. Heat oil to 375 degrees. 

  3. Pat fish fillets dry with a paper towel. Dip fish, one at a time, into beer batter. Add to heated oil.  Cook 3-4 pieces at a time so pan is not overcrowded. 

  4. Cook 2-3 minutes per side. Place cooked fish on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack.  Place in a preheated 250 degree oven to keep warm while remaining fish cooks. 

  5. Repeat until all fish is cooked. 

Recipe Notes

I use Walleye fish, but any light fish will work.

Use a light pilsner beer.

This recipe makes a large amount of batter. There is enough to dredge all fillets and there will be extra batter leftover. 

Nutrition Facts
Beer Battered Fish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 817mg 34%
Potassium 482mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Calcium 10%
Iron 14.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 17, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Holy cow, Kathy! Err…holy Walleye, I mean. These fried fish look amazing. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a beer-battered fish here at home, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I clearly need to move that up the list as now I’m craving a good plate beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips! And of course I’d have to serve that with a tasty beer. Thanks for sharing, and the photos from the trip were fun, too! 🙂

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    [email protected]
    September 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

    OH MY GOODNESS! This is a dish I can never resist! So crunchy and flaky! Great post, Kathy!

  • Reply
    September 17, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Beer battered fish is a classic around here! How freakin’ good does this look?! All golden brown and crispy! Cod is the popular choice of fish around here…we don’t get walleye. Your fishing trip sounds fun and talk about fresh! You’re seriously making me hungry right now 🙂

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 17, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I love fishing trips with the family Kathy. Our boys used to go crazy when they were little when they caught a fish! Love this beer battered version. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    September 18, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I have never heard of walleye fish before, but then again, I’m no fisherman. You must get lots of fish filleting experience! Hard to believe that such a simple recipe could be so delicious!

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    September 20, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    How fun! I have only been fishing once when I was about 13. My step father would go almost every weekend, my mother agreed to it once and never again… Too bad, I remember us children having fun. Your beer battered fish looks perfect, better than any fish (and chips) I have ever had when in the UK. And I am so sure it taste like a million times better.

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      September 22, 2018 at 6:17 am

      Fishing is fun, especially when the fish are biting!

  • Reply
    September 21, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Wow these look so delicious! Yum yum yum! Never heard of walleye either! But I’m sure the recipe works for any type of fish. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      September 22, 2018 at 6:16 am

      You can use almost any type of fish as long as it’s mild tasting and holds together.

  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 1, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Beer and fish. What a good idea. Catch the fish while drinking a beer, then follow your recipe.

    • Reply
      December 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      It all makes for good fun! 🙂

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