Beer Battered Cod Recipe

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Our new beer battered cod recipe is sure to be one of the best dinners you’ll ever try. Flaky cod dipped in our own blend of specially seasoned beer batter!

So, today’s beer battered cod recipe rounds out our Father’s Day seafood extravaganza. Once again, Kim outdid herself with this dish.

Tender, flaky cod dipped in a perfectly seasoned beer batter and deep fried to be golden and delicious. When served with fries, lemon, and tartar sauce, it’s a wonderful meal.

All in all, the recipe takes about 30 to 40 minutes to prepare. But, I promise you, it’s worth the effort.

I’m not someone who generally enjoys fried fish, but this one has changed my mind. I will definitely be eating more fish and chips in the future.

Alright, enough talk, let’s get in the kitchen!

A filet of beer battered cod served with fries and tartar sauce.

Beer Battered Cod Instructions:

In order to ensure the the batter doesn’t get soggy, it’s important to start with the seafood. Go ahead and pull the cod our of your fridge and set it on a plate.

After that, pat it dry (both sides) and season it with the salt and pepper. Before you start working on the other ingredients, get your pan and oil prepped.

We used a stock pot and about 2 cups of vegetable oil. Depending on the size of your pan, you might need a little more or less cooking oil.

The raw fish has been placed on a plate and seasoned.

Next, in a large mixing bowl combine the flour, garlic powder, and seafood seasoning. Use a fork or whisk to mix the dry ingredients before adding the egg and beer.

When the wet ingredients have been added, grab your fork or whisk again and mix everything together. A quick note about the beer.

Slowly add it to the dry mix; otherwise, it will foam up and overflow onto the counter.

The egg, flour, lager, and seasoning mix in a large bowl.

At this point, you can grab a piece of fish and dip it into the beer batter. You’ll want to ensure that you cover the whole filet.

Carefully, drop the battered cod into the hot oil.

A piece of cod being dipped into the beer batter.

Let it cook for about 10 minutes, if it’s fully submerged in the hot oil. Last, remove it from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool.

I recommend putting paper towels under the rack to catch the grease. Repeat the process until all the fish is done.

That’s it, your beer battered cod recipe is done. Feel free to serve it with oven potatoes like we did or with anything you desire.

Kim and I hope you like this entrée and wish you all the best 🙂

Fried fish, in a basket, served with fries and tartar sauce.

Beer Battered Cod Recipe Tips:

  • If you decide to use frozen cod, make sure to completely thaw out the fish before frying. Follow the instructions and use a paper towel to dry out and remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Frozen cod has a lot of added solutions and water and can make the batter soggy. Any leftover fried fish can be refrigerated and reheated.
  • Place it on a baking sheet lined with foil and a wire rack. Preheat your oven to 400°F. and cook the fish for 10 minutes per quarter of a pound (less time for smaller pieces).
  • This process may cause the fish to dry out a bit, but it will keep the batter crispy. When frying the cod, don’t overcrowd the pan.
  • The pieces need room to cook properly. Furthermore, if you put too many pieces of fish into the pan at once, it will lower the temperature of the oil.
  • Depending on the pan you use for your recipe, you may have to flip the fish halfway through the cooking process (after about 4 to 6 minutes)

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Fried fish, in a basket, served with fries and tartar sauce.

Beer Battered Cod Recipe

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings



  • 2 pounds cod, cut into filets, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Oil

  • 2 cups vegetable oil

Beer Batter

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, We used Old Bay.
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces beer


  • Set the fish out on a flat serving dish, and allow it to sit out for 10-15 minutes while you make the batter. Use a paper towel to dry the fish. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
    2 pounds cod
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Using a large, heavy-bottomed pan, heat cooking oil over medium heat.
    2 cups vegetable oil
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, and seafood seasoning. Add the egg, and then slowly add the beer. Whisk to combine, making a semi-thick liquid batter. (It should be thinner than pancake batter but thicker than buttermilk.) Set aside.
    1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
    1 large egg
    12 ounces beer
  • Working in batches, take a piece of fish, and dip it into the batter. Make sure to coat the fish evenly on all sides.
  • Place the fish into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown then remove to a wire rack to cool. If necessary, flip the fish while cooking to ensure both sides brown evenly.
  • Serve hot with lemon slices, malt vinegar, tartar sauce, or dill sauce.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of a quarter of a pound of fried cod. Furthermore, the calorie count does NOT include the fries, lemon, and tartar sauce seen in the photos. Actual calories will vary. The beer battered cod can be stored in your fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 0.25pound | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Yum! I really like fish and chips! Buying it already made, not cooking it myself. I’m the same way with donuts. I like them, but not enough to fry them up myself!

    1. Good Morning, Cheryl! I can understand that, frying can be messy. Thank you for commenting. Have a lovely day 🙂

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