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Crispy Beer Batter Fish & Chips

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Virtually every beer-battered fish recipe looks crispy coming out of the fryer, and some even stay crispy for a few minutes, but then the inevitable sogginess sets in. Well, with this simple formula, and a few easy tricks, you can achieve a fried fish where the last bite is as crisp as the first. The keys are keeping your batter really cold and patting your fish really dry. Serve over a bed of salt 'n vinegar chips with tartar sauce and lemon."
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25 m servings 503
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Whisk self-rising flour, rice flour, and baking powder together in a bowl. Freeze until ready to use.
  2. Pat fish as dry as possible. Cut pieces lengthwise to get eight 1-inch thick strips. Place rice flour on a plate and season with salt. Dust fish lightly with the mixture and shake off excess. Cover a plate with crinkled foil to make a quick drying rack; place fish on top.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Pour beer into the flour mixture and whisk, adding more as needed, until batter is the consistency of thick pancake batter. Dip fish pieces into the batter to coat; lift out and let excess drip off.
  5. Fry fish in batches until golden brown, dunking occasionally if needed, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • Use any white fish or any seafood you like; just make sure to pat it very dry especially, if it's thawed from frozen.
  • To make self-rising flour, just mix 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp fine salt. Cornstarch or potato starch will also work in place of the rice flour.
  • If you do want to season yours differently, you can apply whatever you want directly to the fish before it goes in the beer batter. Keep in mind that salt draws out water, so don't go too heavy, and make sure your fish is as dry as possible before it gets dunked into your ice-cold batter.
  • If you make your batter ahead, which is fine, be sure to keep it in the fridge, and if you're making lots of portions, maybe place the batter over a bowl of ice, so it stays cold as you fry.
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 503 calories; 22.1 42.7 27.3 66 591 Full nutrition

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One other tip to insure crisp beer batter fish is to never drain on paper towel, always on a wire rack. Placing any hot fried food on paper towels will steam the batter fry and make it less cri...

My absolute favorite method for frying up fish. I seasoned with Old Bay and used sparkling mineral water in place of beer and it came out perfectly crisp without being heavy or too oily.

Made this tonight for dinner. The family LOVED it. Fantastic recipe!

used this batter for onion rings. added a tsp each of lawry's, garlic powder and old bay. stayed light and crispy and there were no leftovers.