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Beer Battered Fish

September 17, 2018 (Last Updated: November 18, 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. 

White fish with a crispy golden coating.

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! 

White fish fillets with flour and beer behind the fish.

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.

Two people fishing from a boat on a river.

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.

Four people sitting on a boat with fishing poles.

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.

A large pot filled with fillets of walleye fish.

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.

A blue and white plate stacked full of fried 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 should I serve with this 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. 

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Golden fried fish fillets on a blue and white plate.

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Stacks of crispy golden fish on a white plate with a blue rim.

Beer Battered Fish

Beer battered fish with a crunchy coating and tender flaky fish. 
5 from 38 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 295 kcal



Remaining Ingredients

  • 1 -2 pounds fish fillets
  • corn oil (for frying)


  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add beer and stir. Mixture should be like pancake batter. 
  • Add 1 1/2 -2 inches oil to pan. Heat oil to 375 degrees. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Repeat until all fish is cooked. 


  • I use Walleye fish, but any light fish will work.
  • Use a light beer.
  • If batter is too thick, add a bit more beer.
  • If batter is too runny, add a bit more flour.
  • This recipe makes a large amount of batter. There is enough to dredge all fillets and there will be extra batter leftover.Β 


Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 19gFat: 6gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 817mgPotassium: 482mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 165IUCalcium: 100mgIron: 2.6mg
Keyword beer battered fish, fish and chips, fried fish
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • Reply
    June 27, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    Awesome batter! This was like a melt in your mouth kind of beer battered fish

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      June 27, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks, Leah! πŸ™‚

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    June 23, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! First time trying beer battered fish and it turned out great!

    I used an IPA because that’s what I had on hand, but next time will do with a light beer. The batter tasted a little heavy, but I know that was due to the beer.

    Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be using this recipe in the future

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      June 23, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Brandy,
      Thanks so much for you comment! The type of beer does make a difference. I prefer a lighter beer when making this. I hope you have some on hand the next time you make this fish!
      Kathy πŸ™‚

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    Rita .
    June 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    5 stars
    I made this recipe using halibut and shrimp. Both were delicious. I would definitely make this again.

    • Reply
      June 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Rita! I love the idea of using shrimp! This batter does work well on so many things!
      Thank you!

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    Dale chase
    June 13, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Would let me give 5 stars. This was insanely delicious and very crispy! Thank you, this is a keeper!

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      June 15, 2020 at 5:47 am

      Hi Dale,
      Thanks so much for your comment and glad you love this fish! My star rating system was not working and I’m so glad you let me know. I think it’s all fixed now!
      Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Ceri Thomas
    June 7, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    It was tasty, however it was far too thick with the flour and cornstarch amounts. I had add a second bottle of beer to it. Guinness stout sure made it extra tasty. We’ll be making it often. Thanks.

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      June 7, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      A Guinness would offer a ton of flavor. Thanks for the note about needing to add more beer to the batter. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    May 17, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    5 stars
    Just delicious, light and crispy. Better than most nice fish restaurants we’ve been to.

    • Reply
      May 17, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Mary! I think it is a really great recipe and I’m so glad you think so too! Thank you for leaving a comment and letting me know how much you loved it!

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    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.

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      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! πŸ™‚

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    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!

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      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! πŸ™‚

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        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!

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          September 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm

          Wonderful! I’m so glad everyone loved it!

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    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!!! πŸ™‚

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    June 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm

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

    • Reply
      June 22, 2019 at 5:13 am

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

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