Until I found this beer batter recipe for fish I thought my days of eating fish and chips or fried fish were done!
There are a lot of things I love about this recipe. It’s very simple. Does not require a bunch of time. Gets very fluffy and crispy at the same time. Tastes amazing!
Check it out below. Let me know what type of gluten free beer you chose.
Gluten Free Beer Selection for Batter
Gluten free beer is the most important piece of this recipe. I mean… it is in the name, so if you are surprised I’m sorry!
What type of beer is best for the batter then? I’ve traditionally heard blonde ales are pretty standard. This batter will take on the flavor of which ever beer you choose, so choose wisely!
You will notice there are not a ton of other flavors in the ingredients. This is really just to give the gluten free beer a chance to shine! GF beer is a peacock, time to let it fly!
If you are looking for options of gluten free beer to use, you can check out my Gluten Free Beer List with detailed reviews of every beer I’ve tried.
For my first run of this batter, I used the New Planet Blonde. It was a solid choice and gave us great flavor. I do plan to use a gluten free beer from Aurochs in the near future. I’m not really sure how a darker gluten free beer would work, but will report back here when I try.
At the end of the day, just a use a beer that you like and you won’t be disappointed!
Share your thoughts and experiences with beer selection in the comments below!
How to Cook Beer Batter Recipe for Fish
In our house we use a cast iron skillet and extra virgin olive oil to fry our fish. We put down about 2 inches of oil. So keep in mind the recipe calls for cooking both sides.
If you have a deep fryer, such as a Fry Daddy, where the entire piece pot fish can be submerged, you will get done faster! Use your oil of choice.
Best Fish for Beer Batter Recipe
I believe Cod is most commonly associated with beer batter recipes for fish. In the pictures we actually used catfish nuggets. It’s just what we had that day. Catfish is generally a good tasting fish and keeps prices low. I know they are farm raised, so we try to stay away from those and go with wild caught fish varieties when possible.
Generally you want something that isn’t too “fishy”. Kids will appreciate that too. Flounder would work well too!
Gluten Free Flour Options
Another factor that will impact flavor is your choice of gluten free flour. All brands are a little different. Some use brown rice flour, some you white rice, etc. For this recipe I used Kinnikinnick which turned out great. Other brands such as King Arthur I’m sure would be good too.
Again, let me know in the comments what worked!
Give this beer batter recipe for fish a shot and let us know in the comments below how it turned out!
Thanks for stopping by!
Beer Batter Recipe for Fish
- 3/4 cup Gluten Free Flour
- 3/4 cup Corn Starch
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Pepper
- 1 tbsp Baking Soda
- 1.5 cups GF Beer (blondes work best) 12 oz. can will work
- 2 lbs Fish Cod is most common
Combine all igredients into a bowl and stir together… Batter up!
Prepare oil. Heat to 400 degrees
Cover your fish of choice with the batter and fry. Fry on each side for 3-4 mins or until golden brown.