Pancake Beer Batter for Fish

    9 minutes

    This amazingly easy recipe uses instant pancake mix to make a beer batter for fresh fish. Great for camping!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 cup (250ml) beer, or as needed
    • 1 (200g) container shake and pour pancake mix
    • 1kg fresh fish fillets
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) oil for frying

    Preparation:4min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:9min 

    1. Heat oil in a large frypan over medium heat.
    2. Pour beer into the pancake mix container in place of the water it calls for. Make the batter as thick or thin as you prefer. Close the lid and give it a few shakes.
    3. Pour the batter into a bowl and dip the fish with tongs. Fry the fish until golden brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

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    This is good for veggies, peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, squash, fish, shrimp, chicken, onion rings, and dill pickle chunks. Similar to an old Bisquick recipe. First, before you fry anything, make sure your oil has a high smoke point (peanut or canola) so it doesn't burn too quickly. Second, heat your oil plenty hot, because if it is too cold, your food will be heavy and greasy. A bit of batter should float and sizzle in there at the right temperature without burning up. Third, wash and pat your food dry and dust it with some dry pancake mix before dredging it in the wet batter to make it stick well. Fourth, use the best beer you can afford and two tablespoons of a salty seasoning like cajun or Old Bay for flavor. Fifth, don't crowd your food, fry in multiple batches if necessary, and fry in hot oil until the food floats to the top and stays there.  -  14 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I have been using a similar recipe for years and it is great for making onion rings too! My recipe calls for a dash of hot sauce and a few sprinkles of Old Bay seasoning added to the container. Very good.  -  30 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I wouldn't call it quick; battering the fish can be a little time consuming. Won't deny that is indeed tasty though, and easy for the most part! Will definitely be making this again.  -  09 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)