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Fish fry batter

Easy and authentic fish fry batter to make fried fish - just add chips!
Course Main Meal
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 563kcal
Author Marie


  • 400 grams all purpose flour (about 3 ¼ cups)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 550 ml very cold beer (about 2 ⅓ cups; you'll need 2 bottles but will have some leftover)
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 pounds fish thick cut into 1.5 inch strips


  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and place bowl in fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil to 365 degrees F (165 C)
  • Just before you are ready to fry, pour cold beer into flour mixture, and whisk the mixture.
  • Add fish, a few (2 to 4) pieces at a time (depending on how large your cooking vessel is) and coat well in the batter. Allow the batter to drip off a bit before placing the fish in the fryer.
  • If using a deep fryer, add the fish when the basket is in the lower position or else it will stick to the basket. After adding fish, immediately shake the fryer basket a bit so the fish doesn't stick to the basket.
  • Fry for 4 to 6 minutes watching carefully for a golden brown color, and then transfer the fish to a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Enjoy!


Cooking time is 4 to 6 minutes per batch = about 15 mins to finish cooking all fish


Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 4.1mg