Fish and Chips in Beer Batter

Fish and Chips in Beer Batter is such a classic. The flavor of beer adds so much to these fish and chips.

beer battered fish and chips in a basket with a slice of lemon

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A lot of people just love Long John Silver’s Fish. Here is a recipe for those of us who love the flavor of beer batter. This fried fish recipe is a tasty meal to enjoy any day.

This recipe recommends cod, but you could use other types of fish. I do recommend a firm fish because the batter is a little heavy and it may break fish thin pieces of fish. Again, you really can use this with any type of fish.

If you are using frozen fish, I recommend you thaw the fish completely. Then blot off the extra moisture the best you can with paper towels. This way the batter will stick onto the fish.

You will cook this fish in hot oil. People always ask me what type of oil should you use. I recommend a couple of different types of oil. I personally love frying in peanut oil when I can buy it on sale. When I can’t find peanut oil on sale, my second choice is to use regular vegetable oil.

I personally love my T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Easy to clean 3.5-Liter Fry Basket Stainless Steel Immersion Deep Fryer, 2.6-Pound, Silver. This will help me to filter the oil and use it for something else. Often when you fry food the grease becomes dirty. If you filter the oil, you can remove the particles that will burn.

The oil will last longer if you can remove particles that are often too small to remove with a slotted spoon.

Beer Battered Fish and Chips in a basket


I hope you give this recipe a try! I know you will be amazed at the flavor of homemade beer batter fish and chips.

If you enjoy fish and chips, try these recipes

Thanks to Dennis Miller, for this recipe.

beer battered fish and chips in a basket with a slice of lemon

Fish and Chips in Beer Batter

You are going to be amazed at how easy it is to make fish and chips! 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fish and Chips, Fish and Chips in Beer Batter
Servings: 4
Calories: 552kcal


  • 1 pound white cod or other fish
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ounces milk
  • 5 ounces beer flat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • vegetabe oil for frying

Homemade Chips

  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes


Battered Fish

  • Directions: Mix flour and a salt in a bowl, make a well. Mix milk with egg slowly. Add egg mix to center of the well and beat until aerated. Set aside. Start heating oil to 375F. Run fingers across fish fillets and remove any pin bones. Slice the fillets into 1" by 3" strips. 
  • When oil is up to temperature add beer to the batter and mix in. Dip and coat fillets with batter** and place into oil. Fry to a light golden brown, turning once. Remove and place on paper towels ta o drain. To keep pieces hot, they can be placed in a 300F oven while the balance is frying. *There are other types of cod, known as brown or red, do not use! The texture of meat and amount of natural oil doesn't give you the light flakiness desired.
  •  **The batter will appear very thick and heavy, that's ok. As long as you keep your oil temp up, there will be no sponging. Options: Try adding dry mustard, (Coleman's) or hot Hungarian paprika to flour mix. A bit of ground cayenne works too. Chips Peel 5 med. Idaho potatoes, slice into 1/2" square strips by the length of the potato. Rinse in cold water to reduce starch. Leave in water until oil is 375F. Grab a large handful and pat dry with a paper towel until fairly dry, reduces spattering. Place into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Do a handful a time, keeping cooked ones warm in the oven. Assemble plate, sprinkle with a little salt and malt vinegar and enjoy. Please, "NO" ketchup.

Homemade Chips

  • Peel and rinse potatoes.
  • Cut potatoes horizontally into 4 or 5 strips.
  • Cut potatoes into sticks.
  • Place potatoes into a bowl of water, and soak for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Remove potatoes from water, and shake off excess water, and blot with paper towels until mostly dry.
  • Fry potatoes for 4 to 5 minutes, and place on a wire rack, for a minute or two.
  • Place the semi-cooked potatoes back into the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp. Remove from oil and place onto a wire rack.
  • Season potatoes with salt.


Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 1552mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 162IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 5mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Joe

    5 stars
    Please don’t preach. I’ll use my ketchup however I see fit and french fries, hashbrowns, hamburgers and fish are a must. You eat yours your way and I’ll eat mine my way

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