Beer-Battered Fried Fish

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Annette Joseph

Any type of white, flaky fish may be substituted for grouper.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 30 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes


  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds grouper fillets, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12-oz.) bottle beer
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  1. 1. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a large Dutch oven; heat to 360°.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk in beer and hot sauce. Dip fish in batter, allowing excess batter to drip off.
  4. 4. Gently lower fish into hot oil using tongs (to prevent fish from sticking to Dutch oven). Fry fish, in 4 batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place fried fish on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan; keep warm in a 200° oven until ready to serve.
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