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Lemon-Batter Fish

My husband ranks this recipe as one of his favorites. A lot of fishing takes place in our area, which makes this a good choice for a regional recipe. —Jackie Hannahs, Cedar Springs, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 2 pounds perch or walleye fillets, cut into serving-size pieces
  • Oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges, optional


  • Combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In another bowl, combine egg, water and 1/3 cup lemon juice; stir into dry ingredients until smooth.
  • Place remaining lemon juice and remaining flour in shallow bowls. Dip fillets in lemon juice, then flour, then coat with egg mixture.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 in. oil over medium-high heat. Fry fillets until golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork, 2-3 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.
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  • Charmaine
    Apr 21, 2020

    This is a great recipe. Thank you so much. I used hake and my family loved it. Also Loved the taste of the lemon in the cooked batter. I used a mixture of fresh lemon juice and bottled lemon juice.

  • Joann
    Mar 12, 2020

    Can i use Swai for this recipe?

  • bethyhawley
    Nov 22, 2019

    It was crispy, golden and deliciously excellent fish, however all my family was disappointed because we didn't taste the lemon.

  • Robert
    May 27, 2019

    I made an account just so I could leave a review for this and I gotta say, you will not be disappointed with this batter recipe. They say to use perch or walleye but I personally would use walleye for this recipe. It was some of the best fish I've ever had. Also, the recipe calls for just straight flour but I added salt and pepper to it to avoid possibly being a little bland. Ended up really flavorful! I'll definitely be making this again and 10/10 would recommend!

  • Honeybez
    May 16, 2019

    I like to add some season salt to the flour.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    May 1, 2019

    This reminds me of Fish Fry Fridays in Wisconsin, minus the beer in the batter! Better for the kids! Great recipe!

  • Lynda-Selena
    Apr 5, 2018

    I made this with a twist this evening! I substituted water for Apple Beer and i did not use egg and I also dropped the lemon. It Was Great!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 8, 2017

    We've fixed this fish many times over this years and it always turns out perfect. The fresh lemon taste really comes through.

  • MelanieNee
    Feb 5, 2014

    I think it was good but would have been better if had used beer instead of the lemon and water;)

  • brittnipapke
    Jan 27, 2013

    Good but nothing special. Easy recipe to follow. I think next time I'll use beer in the batter.