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very easy
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins


canola oil for deep-frying
1 ¼ cup
all-purpose flour, divided
310 mL
¼ cup
60 mL
1 tbsp
baking powder
15 mL
2 tsp
10 mL
2 3/4 tsp
salt, divided
14 mL
1 ¾ tsp
black pepper, divided
9 mL
1 bottle
ale (or favourite beer)
355 mL
500 g
skinless white fish fillet (such as haddock, halibut, cod), cut into 4 portions
1 lb


Step 1

Fill a deep-sided, heavy pot with 3 in. (8 cm) canola oil. The deep pot helps control splatter and the heavy bottom helps the oil retain an even heat. Place the oil over medium heat until it reaches 190°C (375°F), checking with a thermometer.

Step 2

Meanwhile, make the batter by whisking together 1 cup (250 mL) of the flour, plus the cornstarch and baking powder, 2 tsp (10 mL) of the salt, 1 tsp (5 mL) of the pepper and the 2 tsp (10 mL) paprika. Gradually, whisk in the beer. Do not over-mix, a few small lumps are fine and will help make a cruncher coating. Place batter in fridge to rest 10 min. before frying (Tip: Resting the batter allows dry ingredients to fully absorb the beer, resulting in a crisper coating.)

Step 3

In a shallow bowl, make a dredging mixture by mixing the remaining ¼ cup (60 ml) flour with ½ tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper. Set aside.

Step 4

Pat the cold fish fillets dry with paper towel. Season on all sides with remaining ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Gently roll the fish fillets in the dredging mixture, covering completely. Pat off the excess.

Step 5

Using a fork, dip the floured fish fillet into the cold batter. Coat completely, letting the excess drip off back into the bowl. Slowly lower the fish into the hot oil. Fry for a few seconds to set the batter before carefully releasing the battered fish fillet into the hot oil. Setting the batter first avoids fish pieces sticking together in the pot.

Step 6

Fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown and crisp on all sides and the fish is cooked to an internal temperature of 70°C (158°C), approx. 6 min., depending on thickness of the fish.

Step 7

Using a slotted metal spoon, gently lift the fried fish out of the hot oil, allowing the excess oil to drip back into the pot. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. If desired, season lightly with additional salt while hot. Serve immediately with lemon and dipping sauce, if desired.


  • Oil temperature is important. Use a deep-fry thermometer to check temperature and adjust heat level as required to maintain a constant temperature.
  • Keep all ingredients cold. A cold batter and cold fish will result in crisper fried batter for your beer battered fish.

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Characteristics Lactose Free Main Dishes Seafood

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

Nutrition Description:
Per serving (1/4 of the recipe):
6 g
Saturated Fat:
0.5 g
31 g
1 g
2 g
45 mg
21 g
1420 mg
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