Easy Beerless Batter For Fish

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Recipe: #10169

July 21, 2013

"I had been looking for a good fish batter that didn't include beer. I looked at several and came up with this recipe. We really enjoyed it. This will be my "go to" batter for deep frying fish. Many of our UK friends love this 'no beer' fish batter recipe for fish and chips. You can use many types of fish fillets."

Original is 6 servings
67.6 Calories. More Nutrition

What makes this no beer fish batter recipe so easy?

It only takes 4 steps and 6 ingredients, one of which is water.

How do I make fish & chips?

Use this recipe for your fish batter and use this top reviewed Homemade French Fry recipe for your chips.

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Step 2

Add water and stir to combine. This is a thick batter.

Step 3

Coat fish fillets completely.

Step 4

Deep fry until golden brown.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 (49.5 g), Calories 67.6, Total Fat - 0.2 g, Saturated Fat - 0 g, Cholesterol - 0 mg, Sodium - 241.8 mg, Total Carbohydrate - 14.6 g, Dietary Fiber - 0.4 g, Sugars - 0 g, Protein - 1.6 g, Calcium - 88 mg, Iron - 0.3 mg, Vitamin C - 0 mg, Thiamin - 0 mg.


  • Oil for deep frying. I used a dutch oven with about 2 inches of oil.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • If you are using a thicker fish fillet, you may need to adjust the amount of water in the batter.
  • You can use self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda.

  • Substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour - Almond flour is a great gluten-free alternative to all-purpose flour. It also adds a subtle nutty flavor and a crunchy texture to the batter. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a healthier option for those who are gluten-intolerant.
  • Substitute sparkling water for regular water - Sparkling water adds a light and airy texture to the batter and helps it to crisp up more quickly when fried. The benefit of this substitution is that it creates a lighter and fluffier batter which is ideal for deep frying fish.

Herb-Crusted Fish Mix 2 tablespoons of dried herbs of your choice (e.g. oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc.) into the batter. Coat the fish fillets with the herb-infused batter before deep frying until golden brown.

Roasted Potatoes with Parsley and Garlic: This classic side dish pairs perfectly with the Beerless Batter for Fish. Roasting the potatoes creates a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, while the parsley and garlic add a delicious aroma and flavor.

Grilled Asparagus: Grilled asparagus is a great way to add a healthy and flavorful side dish to the Beerless Batter for Fish. The asparagus is lightly seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then grilled until it's lightly charred and tender. The smoky flavor pairs nicely with the fish, and the asparagus is a healthy addition to the meal.


Q: What type of fish can I use for this recipe?

A: You can use any type of fish fillets for this recipe, such as cod, haddock, tilapia, or catfish.

Q: What is the best way to cook the fish?

A: The best way to cook the fish is to pan-fry it in a little oil until it is golden brown and cooked through. You can also bake, broil, or grill the fish.

9 Reviews



review by:
(28 Apr 2023)


Great batter, making some crispy and delicious fish. Used fresh cod that flaked beautifully with that crispy coating – YUM! Sprinkled with some lemon juice and I was in heaven. Love this stuff. Thank you, Dissie, for sharing. Made it for “St. Patrick’s Day Event”.


review by:
(11 Mar 2023)


This batter made for some pretty amazing fried fish! Yum! I am saving this to my Best of 2023 file. Thank you!


review by:
(9 Mar 2023)


The best batter recipe that I’ve tried…thank you x


review by:
(11 Jan 2023)

Kyle Z

This recipe + one package of McCormick Baja Street Taco seasoning made a really tasty batter for my Mahi Mahi. I think you can use this as a great base recipe and you can add your favorite seasonings and it will turn out awesome. I didn't miss the beer at all, and I think it came out better than the recipe I tried using that ingredient.


review by:
(14 Dec 2020)

Anne DaShiell

Did a gluten-free adaptation with Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Flour blend (red bag), added 1/4 tsp baking soda more than the recipe called for, and substituted seltzer water for regular water. The batter was thin, but worked well on previously frozen, patted-dry rock fish. My picky-eater inhaled it. The husband and I wanted more seasoning, so I will add paprika, garlic powder, and celery salt next time.


review by:
(29 Oct 2020)

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Fun facts:

The term “fish and chips” was first coined in the 1860s in the UK, and is now considered a national dish.

The practice of deep-frying fish in batter is said to have been popularized by the Spanish during the 16th century.