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How To Make English Fish And Chips With Beer Batter

Preparation Time:

10 minutes
Cooking Time:
15 minutes
Total Time:
25 minutes

Step 1: You will need:


  • 2 fish fillets (cod, haddock, or any other white fish)
  • 1 1/2 ltr vegetable oil or ground nut oil
  • 140 g flour
  • 50 g corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml beer
  • 1 tsp salt
  • salt and pepper
  • French fries to garnish
  • 1 saucepan
  • 2 bowls
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 slotted spoon
  • 1 large fork
  • 1 tray
  • kitchen towel


Step 2: Preheat oil

Begin by pouring all the oil into a large pan. Turn to a medium high heat. Let it heat until it becomes hot enough to fry, but it must not be smoking hot!

Step 3: Make the batter

Now into a bowl, add the flour, the corn starch, the salt and the baking powder. Mix them together, until evenly combined and set aside.

Step 4: Mix the egg and beer

Next, place the beer into a bowl. Add the egg. Whisk it together well until the egg and beer are evenly combined.

Step 5: Complete the batter

Place the beer mixture into the bowl containing the flour mixture. And whisk well for a couple of minutes, to ensure that it combines smoothly, and is lump free. Then set it aside. You can now prepare your fish.

Step 6: Prepare fish

Take a fillet and pat it dry using a piece of paper towel. This will help it fry better. Any excess water will only make the fish less crispy.
Next, run your fingers along its surface to ensure there are no small bones remaining. This is especially important if you are cooking for little children. Set it aside. And repeat with the other fillet.

Step 7: Batter and fry

Before cooking the fish, it’s wise to check that the oil is at the correct temperature to fry. Test it by dropping some of batter into the oil. If it fries immediately, without burning, it’s at the correct temperature. Then with your large fork, dip one of the fillets into the bowl of batter and coat it completely. Carefully place the fillet into the hot oil, taking special care not to burn yourself in the process.

Make sure not to overfill the pan with fish. This will cause the temperature of oil to drop, making the batter less crispy and it can also make the fillets stick together in a lump!

Step 9: Turn the fish

Let the fillet fry for roughly 4-7 minutes, depending on its size. Flip it at least once during this time, to ensure that it’s cooking evenly. When the batter becomes a light golden brown, remove it from the pan. Transfer it to the tray lined with paper. Repeat exactly the same frying process with the remaining fillet.

Step 10: Serve

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