Frank and I are always looking for fish recipes. As I've said before, I never ate fish until a few years ago so I'm not very skilled at cooking it. We have exactly 2 fish recipes that we've liked enough to make again. I found a fried beer battered fish recipe recently that looked really appealing.
This recipe is similar to another beer battered recipe I make except this one adds in an egg and lets the batter sit for an hour to thicken up. I don't have a deep fryer, so I just fried the fish in a half inch of oil in a skillet. The fish was awesome! It was fried to a crisp, golden brown yet the inside was a nice, flaky white. The batter was thick and had a slight beer flavor which I enjoyed much more then the batters that taste overwhelmingly like beer. We both enjoyed this fish and can't wait to have it again!
Beer Battered Fish (adapted from Dee Dee's Delights)
½ c. flour
1 t. salt
½ t. black pepper
1 T. melted butter
1 egg, beaten
½ c. beer
6 tilapia filets (or other mild white fish)
Vegetable oil for frying
1. In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, salt, pepper, butter, and egg. Mix well. Slowly stir in the beer until smooth. Let sit in a warm spot for 1 hour.
2. Heat vegetable oil, about ½ inch deep, in a large frying pan. Drop a few drops of water on it to check the temperature. If it sizzles it is ready.
3. Dip the fish into the batter, let excess batter drip into the bowl. Place in the skillet. Fry 4-5 minutes on each side or until the fish is a deep golden brown. Fry in batches if needed.
4. Allow to drain on paper towels or thick brown paper.