Like beer and pizza, beer and fish have a natural affinity. Fish and seafood dishes featuring beer are found in a wide range of cuisines, from Asian to Greek and German. But you don't have to wait for Oktoberfest or St. Patrick's Day to celebrate this flavorful pairing.
Seafood Recipes with Beer
Try any these nine recipes when you're looking for a creative and tasty way to pair beer with fish and seafood.
This quick and easy recipe for a beer batter goes great with nearly any fish or seafood. It's made with good beer, flour, and a little oil and is perfect for fish and chips.
If you're a pike fisherman, this is a great way to fry up all that pike you haul in. Chunk the meat and score the chunks across the extra bones that pike have, breaking them into smaller pieces before frying.
This recipe provides a delicious way to add extra flavor to your crabs, crab legs or crab claws. Whether they're already cooked or raw, steam that crab up with spiced beer for a tasty treat.
You don't have to go down under to eat fish and chips prepared the Australian way. For this fish and chips recipe, the fish is coated in a light, golden beer batter and served with a side of hot chips or potato scallops covered in salt and vinegar.
Belgium beer adds a nice earthy flavor to this shellfish dish. Throw in some smoked ham, garlic, and fresh herbs to create a delicious appetizer for your guests or serve it with bread and salad for a full meal.
This Creole-style shrimp is dipped in beer batter and rolled in coconut, then deep-fried.
Buy commercial Creole seasoning, or learn to make your own.
Toss back a cold beer British style with these mussels that are battered in beer then fried. They work well as a meal, or also as an appetizer or snack.
If you're gluten sensitive or you have Celiac disease, you can still enjoy tasty fish and chips. Gluten-free beer batter creates crisp, light and golden fried fish. You can also use the gluten-free beer batter to prepare onion rings or fried shrimp. You'll want to purchase a gluten-free beer for this recipe, but if you can't find one or you don't like beer, club soda can be substituted for the beer.
Take classic friend calamari up a notch with this squid recipe that uses a simple but flavorful beer batter. If you don't have a deep fryer, you can use a deep, heavy skillet to fry up the squid.