Remember that golden flash of crispy batter encasing the fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth fish? Well, add some rich and flavorful Guinness, and it's about to become your family's new Friday night fave. Now, I know that deep frying can sound daunting, but trust me, this recipe is as easy as chucking ingredients into a bowl and letting the magic of bubbles work its wonders.
You can whip up the batter in 5 minutes (Guinness adds a malty depth you won't find in other beers, trust me!), fry up the fish while the kids do their homework, and BAM! Dinner is served, golden and glorious. And the best part? Leftover batter can be reused to make salmon bites and onion rings (or what my son calls "golden doughnuts of joy”). I’ll be honest, frying can something be messy, but it will be well worth it when you bite into the crispy and crunchy exterior of this flaky fish.
Yes, it's fried, but there are a few swaps that will make it a bit kinder to your waistline. Swap out the regular oil for avocado or peanut oil, and you've got a healthier option that doesn't compromise on taste. Plus, fish is naturally packed with protein and omega-3s, so you're feeding your family goodness with every bite.
So, ditch the takeout menus and give this Guinness Battered Fish a whirl. It's a recipe that's as easy as it is delicious, as nostalgic as it is healthy, and guaranteed to bring smiles and golden goodness to your family table.
How do I store Guinness Beer Battered Fish?
To store beer-battered fish, we recommend storing it in an airtight container lined with paper towels to absorb any extra moisture and keep the batter crisp for up to 4 days. You can reheat in an air fryer or in the oven at 400°F for 10-15 minutes.
Can I freeze Guinness Beer Battered Fish?
You can freeze this recipe, but it’s important to ensure an airtight seal to prevent freezer burn. Before freezing, let the fish cool completely and then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe bag. Squeeze out as much of the air as possible, and it will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
What can I serve with Guinness Beer Battered Fish?
Serve with french fries for a classic fish and chips experience, or serve alongside coleslaw or mushy peas. You could also serve with roasted vegetables or a side salad for a more balanced meal.
How long does it take to cook the fish?
A single piece of fish that is about 1 inch thick will take between 5-8 minutes to cook. The fish floating in the oil will indicate that it is done.
Can you reuse the oil?
While you technically can reuse the oil, it will likely carry the fishy taste with it.
What is the best type of fish to use for this recipe?
We recommend using a neutral white fish for this recipe, such as cod, haddock, tilapia, or even monkfish.
Can I make this dish vegan?
While the traditional recipe isn't vegan, you can easily adapt it! Simply swap the fish for firm tofu or oyster mushrooms, cut into thick strips, and season with Old Bay seasoning for a fishy taste.