Whether your fish come from the lake or from the grocery store, you’re going to love this Crispy Beer Battered Fish recipe. The batter is not too thick but has the perfect crunch. Serve it with a side of French fries and homemade coleslaw for a meal your family will think you bought from the fish’n chip stand down the street.
I grew up in a family that loved to fish. As a child I remember spending many days on the lake with my parents, fishing rod in hand. My mom was always on stand-by with her cooler filled with snacks and cold drinks while my dad was ready to put more bits of worm on my hook, which I always managed to lose some how. My dad said I was feeding the fish.
My dad always managed to bring home a good catch and we would feast on a meal of crispy beer battered fish for dinner. Ok, ok, I’m sure my dad was not always that lucky, but in a young daughter’s eyes, he was a fishing champion.
Fast forward a few decades, married with kids of my own. Fishing never became part of our family’s regular activities. It’s always a struggle to find a good spot to fish off the shoreline since spending money on a boat was never an option. Fishing became a thing of the past … until last year.
I’m always looking for an excuse to spend time on a lake. I find it rather soothing for my soul. I decided to take a chance and bring my daughter fishing. I brought my dad along for back up. He IS the professional after all.
Not having access to a boat, I decided to try fishing off a local dock just outside the city. My dad came with all the gear we would need to let my daughter fish. I brought her lawn chair, iPad (I had slim hopes) and yes, a cooler full of snacks and cool drinks.
I set up my daughter at the end of the dock in her lawn chair and helped cast in her line a few times and she sat. And sat. And sat so more. Then she tried casting in her line herself. She caught a few little fish, much to her delight. Grandpa was on hand to remove the fish off the hooks and put them back in the lake. Would you believe she stayed there for HOURS!!
I totally thought she would get tired of sitting there but she loved it! She enjoyed it so much that when it was time to pack up and leave, she begged to come back. She had so much fun catching all the little fish, learning to cast her fishing rod and just sitting on the dock. It was a beautiful sunny day and we got to chat with many other people heading out to fish. One family even treated my daughter to a boat ride. That was the cherry on top of an already pretty fabulous day!
What an amazing way to spend the day. My dad also seemed pretty happy to be spending time on the lake. Whether it was the fishing or spending time with his family, he left with a smile on his face that day too. While we didn’t bring any fish home that day, we left with some fantastic memories.
And you know that iPad I brought along just in case my daughter got bored? It came home with a full charge. And I stopped at the grocery store to buy some fish to make my beer battered fish for dinner. Do you have any happy fishing memories? I’d love to hear about them!
Crispy Beer Battered Fish
- 2 cups all-purpose flour divided
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 355 ml light beer
- ½ cup water if needed
- 2 pounds fish fillets deboned and cut into serving pieces
- Oil for cooking
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
- 1 tsp dried onion flakes
- 1/2 lemon juiced (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
Measure ½ cup of flour into a pie plate and set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 ¾ cup of flour, the onion powder, baking powder, black pepper and salt. Slowly add in the beer to the flour mixture, whisking to incorporate well. Add in a little water if the mixture is too thick, extra flour if it gets too watery. The mixture should not be too thick but should easily coat the fish when it gets dipped into the mixture.
Set the batter aside and heat the oil.
I use a deep fryer but if you can also use a large frying pan with a few inches of oil in it. Heat the oil to 370 degrees F.
When the oil is hot enough, coat the fish fillets with flour before dipping them into the batter.
Carefully lower the fish pieces into the oil and cook until golden brown on both sides. If you are using a frying pan you will need to turn the fish to cook the other side. Transfer the cooked fish to a paper towel lined plate and keep in a warm oven until all the fish are cooked and ready to serve.
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