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Beer Battered Fish

September 17, 2018 (Last Updated: February 16, 2020)

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Beer Battered Fish with a crispy coating and light tender fillets of fish. This lightly seasoned beer batter is easy to make and makes perfect crispy fish for fish and chips. 

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 with everyone sitting around the boat and waiting.

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. I also make this pan fried Walleye  and a fish salad with the frozen fish. 

To make batter ahead of time

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.

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 – cod, haddock, halibut and flounder are good choices.

Beer Battered fish made with walleye fish

How to Make Homemade Beer Batter

  • Mix flour, salt, paprika, baking powder and corn starch together
  • Add beer and mix
  • Mixture should be thick, like pancake batter
  • If mixture becomes too thick, add a bit more beer
  • If mixture is too runny, add a bit more flour

What type of beer is best for Beer Batter?

You can use any type of beer for beer batter. I like to use a light pilsner type beer because I don’t want a heavy tasting beer in my batter. 

What goes well with Beer Battered Fish?

We keep it pretty simple when eating beer battered fish. We often just have a crisp green salad or a coleslaw or even a couscous salad. Onion Rings would also be delicious with this fish. 


Don’t forget to PIN for later!Fillets of beer battered fish on a blue and white plate.

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5 from 11 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
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.ย 

Nutrition Facts
Beer Battered Fish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 817mg36%
Potassium 482mg14%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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  • Reply
    Janine Hendricks
    November 3, 2019 at 10:14 am

    5 stars
    I have never tried to make fish like this but gave it a try. WoW!!! It was amazing. so easy and turned out great. Crispy and crunchy. Making it again tonight for my son and his wife. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      November 3, 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you love this recipe as much as we do! We make it again and again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Laura Kirklin
    September 3, 2019 at 8:00 am

    5 stars
    Hi Kathy! I love your recipe for beer battered fish! It is delicious!!! I wanted to tell you that I used Swai fish with your recipe and it turned out soooooo good! Even the kids were begging for more! As you probably know, swai is a very inexpensive fish, but it does have great flavor. So for those of us who need to watch our pennies, swai is a great alternative to the more expensive fish. Give it a shot!

    • Reply
      September 3, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Laura,
      I’m so glad you loved this! I haven’t heard of swai before, but now I’ll need to look for it! This recipe really does work well with so many types of fish. Thanks for sharing that great tip! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply
        Laura Kirklin
        September 13, 2019 at 10:33 am

        Just wanted to tell you that I used your recipe again to fry fish for fish tacos. Everryone fell in love and wanted more! Thanks again!

        • Reply
          September 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm

          Wonderful! I’m so glad everyone loved it!

  • Reply
    Sophie Rosso
    August 11, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    5 stars
    This was amazing. Our new go to. Thanks so much for sharing

    • Reply
      August 11, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks! I love that you love it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    June 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe! We made some onion rings with the leftover batter ๐Ÿ‘

    • Reply
      June 22, 2019 at 5:13 am

      Thanks, Linda! What a great idea for the leftover batter! ๐Ÿ™‚

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