Gluten-Free Beer-Battered Fish Fry Recipe

Gluten-Free Fish Fry Batter Recipe. Photo-istockphotos
  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 pounds fish (8 servings)
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In this recipe, gluten-free beer batter creates crisp, light, and golden fried fish. It makes a delicious gluten-free batter for onion rings and shrimp, too! If you don't like beer batter, substitute club soda for the beer.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup oil (preferably peanut or coconut oil for high-heat frying)
  • 2 pounds fish fillets
  • 1 cup flour (gluten-free all-purpose mix without xanthan gum or guar gum like Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Mix)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounces beer (gluten-free OR 12 ounces club soda)

How to Make It

  1. In a large medium-sized bowl, whisk together gluten-free all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. 
  2. Add gluten-free beer or club soda and mix until the batter is smooth and not too thick or too thin. Add more liquid if the batter is too thick.
  3. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. You can tell if the oil is hot enough if bubbles form around a chopstick or skewer when it is placed in the oil.
  1. While the oil is heating, dip fish fillets in batter, making sure both sides are coated. Hold above the bowl to let excess batter drip off.
  2. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Note: Make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.