No Fail Beer Battered Fish

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The best fried fish recipe ever!   My No Fail Beer Battered Fish takes a mild white fish and coats it in a delicious beer batter then fries it to a golden brown.

Looking for a great fish recipe with crispy breading? Check out my No Fail Beer Battered Fish recipe!

Now before I talk about my recipe lets talk about my love/hate relationship with seafood.   For years I wouldn’t touch it.  In fact I don’t think I ate fish of any kind until I was in my 20’s.   I just wasn’t into it.   I thought it looked and smelled gross and I just couldn’t do it.

Wait!   That’s not true.   I’ve always eaten tuna in a can.  That was the one seafood item I’ve eaten since I was a kid.  A good tuna fish sandwich was always a favorite and it continues to be one today as well.  But other then that, I never really ate seafood until I was older.

So fast forward to my 20’s and my husband, who was then my boyfriend, got me to try tilapia.  It was a good gateway fish because it was super mild and I liked it fried.  I was pretty adventurous over the next few years and I tried shrimp, clams, crab, mussels, oysters, and some other fish.   I liked some and disliked others.   Currently I’ll eat any mild white fish, clams, mussels, and oysters.   I do not like shrimp, lobster, or most fish.  Even though I live in Maryland I won’t pick and eat crab.   I will eat crab if it’s in a dip or in my husband’s crab cakes, they are about the only crab cakes I enjoy.

Everything you need to make a delicious and crisp Beer Battered Fish!

Now lets get to the recipe.  What in the world is someone who eats very limited seafood going to cook for a seafood Sunday Supper?  I’m sharing the best Beer Battered Fish recipe.   I’m serious here.  Over the last ten years I’ve probably tried five different beer battered fish recipes, mostly because my dad loves fish so I’ll make it for him.   The problem with these recipes is that sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.  They are so inconsistent and it really stinks when they don’t turn out or the batter falls off.

That’s not the case with this recipe.  I keep waiting for it to fail so I haven’t blogged about it yet.  I first tried it last summer and I’ve had it 5 or 6 times since and I’ve shared it with a friend.  The result?   This beer battered fish recipe works every time.   The batter is thick and sticks to the fish.   It fries up to a golden brown and it tastes delicious.

Fry up a batch of this delicious No Fail Beer Batter Fish for Good Friday!

I can’t be sure why this recipe works because it isn’t that different from my other recipes.   It uses ingredients that I always have in my house so whenever I buy fish I know this is a great recipe to make.  This is a great recipe because the batter doesn’t have to sit like it does in some recipes.   It coats the fish nicely but isn’t overly heavy.

I've had so much trouble getting a delicious and crispy fried fish but I don't have to worry with this No Fail Beer Battered Fish Recipe!

Once the fish fries up it gets golden brown and perfectly crisp.   It has a very light beer flavor along with some flavor from the seasonings.   This is definitely my go to beer battered fish recipe and it’ll be yours too once you try it!  One thing to note, if you aren’t a beer batter fan you can substitute club soda for the beer.  So give it a try someday soon, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Looking for a great fish recipe with crispy breading? Check out my No Fail Beer Battered Fish recipe!

Beer Battered Fish

The best beer battered fish recipe I've ever had!
4.94 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 pieces of fish
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 1 c. flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz. beer
  • 6 pieces of mild white fish
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil


  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper. Slowly pour in the beer and whisk until fairly smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Check to see if it's hot.
  • Dip two or three pieces of fish into the batter making sure to cover the fish. Allow the excess to drip off and quickly put the fish into the pan.
  • Fry the fish for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove the fish from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining fish.
  • Serve while hot.


Recipe adapted from CopyKat Recipes

Love the crispy batter on this No Fail Beer Battered Fish recipe!

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  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE fried fish. I crave it sometimes. And I’m overdue for some. I’ll be putting this on the menu!

  2. 5 stars
    The batter on the fish looks perfect and delicious! I have seafood lovers in my house, well except for my daughter. She is away for college so this one is a must make for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is right up my alley – the fish looks gorgeous, not too greasy. I love a good Fish and chips but as I get older I can’t handle all of that oil. I must try this soon, I know my family will love it!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Heather, your fish looks perfectly battered and cooked, will be trying your recipe soon, leaving for the Oregon coast next week where we eat alot of fish.

  5. You sound just like my hubby. I give him a little leeway as he grew up in a small town in the landlocked Midwest—catfish was the norm. Slowly he’s coming around—I bet he’d love your beer battered fish!

    1. Well I did grow up in the city but I was never a fish person, even when I caught fish with my dad. But I do love to eat beer battered fish now!

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