Poor Man's Beer Batter Fish


This is a SUPER EASY AND FAST not to mention CHEAP and NO MESS way to make a beer batter for your fresh fish while camping. Using only beer, your freshly caught fish, some oil for your skillet, and shake and pour buttermilk pancake mix containers found in your local supermarket. Great for camping!

Prep Time:
4 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
9 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup beer, or as needed

  • 1 (7 ounce) container shake and pour buttermilk pancake mix

  • 2 pounds trout fillets

  • ½ cup oil for frying


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Pour beer into the pancake mix container in place of the water it calls for. Make the batter as thick or thin as you prefer. Close the lid, give it a few shakes, and boom it's done.

  3. Dip fish into the batter using a pair of tongs, or if you want to dirty a dish, pour the batter in a bowl first. If you cut your fish into smaller pieces, you can toss them into the container, close the lid and shake it a couple of times, then carefully remove the coated pieces.

  4. Remove the fish from the batter using tongs, and place into the hot oil. Fry the fish until golden brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
11g Fat
18g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 469mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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