Crispy Beer-Battered Fish
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1/3 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
- 2 cups crushed unsalted top saltines (about 40)
- 4 cod fillets (6 ounces each)
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- In a shallow bowl, combine the cornstarch, baking powder, salt, Creole seasoning, paprika, cayenne and 1/2 cup flour. Stir in milk and beer until smooth. Place crackers and remaining flour in separate shallow bowls. Coat fillets with flour, then dip in batter and coat with crackers.
- In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry fish in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Editor's NoteThe following spices may be substituted for 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning: 1/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.
Nutrition Facts1 fillet: 513 calories, 27g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 775mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.
Apr 18, 2019
Thisis identical to the one I use in my restaurant except for the saltine crackers and 2% milk. **This is a top notch recipe! I've been using it for catfish filets and or nuggets instead of cod fish for years. It makes for a dynamite catfish po-boy too. My only differences are that I use crumbled corn flakes instead of saltine crackers and whole milk instead of 2%. Lastly Make sure the beer used is a lager, stout or pilsner ... don't use Mexican urinal water, near-beer or "lite" beer. It has to be a full bodied beer. There is no need to let the beer go flat to fight the fiz either... adding the milk the same time you add the beer takes care of that problem. I serve it with my version of a Mississippi Come Back Sauce. To Simplysandi ... if you're thinking to use bread crumbs, think panko instead ... you'll get a better crunch. Or for true cajun technique, use cornmeal and flour mix.
Mar 3, 2017
Can't wate to try this receipt. Can you use bread crumbs for crackers?
Feb 12, 2016
I believe baking soda is better to use than baking powder. It does need to be replenished, however, if left to stand too long. Also, club soda (seltzer water) can be used instead of beer but beer produces more of a bubbly batter or you can add a little lemon or lime to a club soda batter and it will create more bubbles.
Apr 9, 2015
Great batter. I used Old Bay seasoning. My family loves fish fries and this recipe is a hit!
Mar 5, 2015
Use any kind of fish. I have used haddock and cod. Wonderful. !
Jan 19, 2015
Can't wait to try this. Does any fish work well? (I am a catfish lover). Please advise. Thank you, absolutely LOVE your recipes.
Dec 24, 2014
Excellent! Very crispy and tasty batter! The fish was better than any we've ever made at home. My husband is a picky eater and he not only cleaned his plate but went back for seconds! The only change I made to the recipe was to use cajun seasoning as I could not find creole. I crushed the saltine crackers in my blender to make them extra fine. Will absolutely make this again!
Oct 29, 2014
Very good batter. Used real beer because I don't believe nonalcoholic beer is allowed in our home. If you put the prepared fish in the freezer 15-20 min then directly into the hot oil, the batter won't fall off the fish during frying.
Mar 25, 2014
This batter is not just for Fish! It also works very well on Chicken. I prepared some chicken wings using this recipe last week and they were wonderful. Who would believe that Beer and milk would work so well together. They do and the amount of heat is just enough.I did make one small change. I did not use the saltines. I lightly dusted each wing with some of the same spices that went into the batter. I allowed the wings to air dry for about 20 minutes. Then into the batter they went. I tapped the side of the bowl to remove excess batter before placing into the hot oil. My wings were on the larger side so I finished cooking them in the oven for an additional 15 minutes at 350.I also believe that this same batter would a good one to use with onion rings.Janie
Oct 15, 2013
made this last night i and my boss enjoyed it and there is no leftovers for the kids