Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish

Gluten-free Beer Battered Fish by The Baking Beauties
I’m not sure what came over me. I wanted beer battered fish. Or rather, I wanted to try to make gluten free beer battered fish. I’m thankful that I’m not scared to try things in the kitchen, if they work, FANTASTIC, if not, well, we’ll try again another time. This was one of those instances. I’d never even bought gluten free beer before, but I knew that the last time I’d been at the liquor store I asked them about it, just out of curiosity. They did have one brand that I could buy in individual bottles, and so that is what I bought. It is called “New Grist” and is made by Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Served along with some french fries & creamy coleslaw, this was a supper we all enjoyed immensely. Simple enough to make at home, and totally gluten-free.

Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish
  • enough oil for deep frying, about 2" in your pot/fryer
  • 8 (4 ounce) cod or tilapia fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour, divided (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 lareg egg, beaten
  • 12 fl. oz. gluten-free beer
  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pot or a deep fryer until 365 degrees F. Rinse fish, pat dry, and season with salt and pepper. Lay fish fillets in 1/2 cup of the gluten-free flour, just to coat it on both sides. Shake off excess.
  2. Combine 1 cup gluten-free flour, garlic powder, paprika, 2 tsp salt, and 1-2 tsp pepper. Stir egg into dry ingredients. Gradually mix beer until a thin batter is formed. You should be able to see the fish through the batter after it has been dipped.
  3. Dip fish fillets into batter, then gently drop one at a time into hot oil. Fry fish, turning once, until both sides are a golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and serve while still warm.
The all-purpose gluten-free flour mix that I use is from Cybele Pascal. It is as follows: 4 cups superfine brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cups potato starch (not flour), 2/3 cup tapioca starch.
Adapted from a recipe at



14 Responses to Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish

  1. Carolyn May 11, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Wow, that looks amazing! You are adventurous in the kitchen, and thank goodness for the rest of us!

  2. Carrie May 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    You are awesome!! I hope I can find some GF beer and try this sometime soon!!

  3. May 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Well now I want some beer battered fish! That looks fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

  4. May 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    It looks like you have attained perfection here! Yum. The markets near me don't have a good selection of GF beer, but I will have to keep looking. Thanks for posting another great recipe.

  5. judie May 16, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    could I make this using chia seeds or flax instead of the egg? or enrg egg replacer.This was always my favorite treat and I really miss it.Thanks.

  6. Carrie May 16, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    this was delicious! We made this with friends and actually just used seltzer water (since none of us drink and gf beer is hard to find here) it was great!!! Definitely a once-a-year awesome treat!!

  7. Nikki July 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    This recipe is DELICIOUS!! I will never make it a different way. We used club soda instead of buying GF beer, and it works just fine :) THANK YOU!

    • Jeanine Friesen July 8, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      So glad to hear that, Nikki! And thanks for the information on the successful substitution, that’s great to know too! Now I want fried fish. :)

  8. alicia September 12, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Omg i used to love getting beer battered fish at mimis cafe….ive missed it this goes on this weeks menu for sure!!!

  9. Lorna January 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful. GF beer is still unheard of here and I didn’t have club soda or 7-up both of which I’m sure would work. I just substituted plain old water and it was great…..just a nice thin crispy coating which was especially delicious with the garlic powder and paprika….Going to be a regular her! Thanks Janine!

    • Jeanine Friesen January 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      Perfect! Thanks for sharing that, Lorna, I’m sure others have a hard time finding gluten-free beer as well. :)

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