Beer Batter for Fish, Shrimp & Onion Rings

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

Great for a fish fry. Mushrooms and other veggies go great too, as well as chicky tenders, and squares of marinated tofu. Experiment and have fun! Makes enough for 1 pound of seafood.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl using a fork.
  2. Beat beer, egg and oil together in a separate bowl.
  3. Stir into flour mixture until well blended.
  4. Batter should be pretty smooth and moderately thick.
  5. Dip fish, shrimp, or onion slices in coating and deep-fry in hot oil that has been heated to 350 degrees, until it becomes golden.
  6. Drain, and serve while hot and crispy.
  7. This recipe also works well with chicken tenders and vegetable pieces; whatever you like to coat with beer batter.
Most Helpful

I live in Alaska so we have wonderful fresh Halibut. I made this batter and added some extra seasonings. It was such a hit that there was nothing left and the fillet was a good 5 pounds. They ate this along with the mushrooms, onion rings, broccoli, and fries that we made. I served the items as they were finished to avoid them getting soggy. Everybody enjoyed this because they were real hot as well. The times when I want to eat with them I cook in smaller portions and if it gets eaten I go back and cook more. I hope this helps any one. Good luck and happy eating...

5 5

This has the exact same flavor and texture as Long John Silver's and that's quite a compliment! I even go so far as to drizzle a little of the batter in the oil to make the "crumbs" you can get there. Let the batter sit for 5 or so minutes after making and it thickens up dramatically and adheres to the meat/onions lots better. I lightly dust my onion rings with flour to help it adhere also. We eat deep-fried foods perhaps 3 or 4 times a year. After finding this recipe, it might be difficult to adhere to that. Thanks so much for posting!

5 5

EXCELLENT light batter! The only thing I did different was to add 2 tsp of Old Bay seasoning to the batter. *which made the batter better* pun intended! I will always use this batter from now on! Oh yes, and I also dredged my onions and shrimp in flour before the batter so that it would adhere better…worked like a charm! Thanks for a really excellent and easy recipe