April 7 is National Beer Day — commemorating it isn’t just about drinking the beverage, but also including it in recipes. With that in mind, here comes a recipe for beer-battered fish.
It’s simple to make yet delicious to taste, and great for a weeknight dinner, munch on while watching Netflix, or even during snacks for game night.
Many of the ingredients can be found in your pantry so this is an affordable and easy dinner or snack to make. Another tip: Aside from cod fish fillets, you can also use other types of fish fillets like pollock, snapper or haddock. Serves eight people.
- 2 quarts vegetable oil
- 8 cod fish fillets, 4 ounces apiece
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 bottle of beer, 12 ounces
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
Beer-battered fish directions
1. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
2. Rinse fish fillets, pat dry, and season both sides with salt and pepper.
3. Combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper into a bowl.
4. Stir egg into dry ingredients.
5. Gradually mix in one bottle of beer until a thin batter is formed.
6. Dip fish fillets into the batter. You should be able to see the fish through the batter after it has been dipped, then drop one at a time into hot oil.
7. Fry fish until both sides are golden brown.
8. Drain on paper towels, and serve warm.
Note: If you don’t have a deep fryer, making beer-battered fish in a deep frying pan will do. Adjust the amount of vegetable oil, just good enough to coat the fish fillets when cooking.
Optional dill tartar sauce: In a bowl, blend 3/4 cup mayonnaise with 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish, one diced sour pickle and one tablespoon chopped dill. Season the tartar sauce with salt and pepper and serve cold. Makes about one cup.
Best served with thick-cut fries on the side.
Readers, please let us know what you think of this recipe after trying it out in your own kitchen. Also tell us what if anything you’re doing in honor of National Beer Day today.