Try Making Your Own Battered Fish

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Enjoy making homemade comfort food with this delightful battered fish recipe. With just a handful of ingredients and a simple technique, you can recreate the classic crispy coating and tender fish interior right in your own kitchen. Here’s a recipe for how to make it.


  • 4 fillets of white fish (such as cod, haddock, or tilapia)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup of cold sparkling water or beer
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Lemon wedges, tartar sauce, or malt vinegar, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  2. Gradually pour in the cold sparkling water or beer while continuing to whisk, until a smooth batter forms. The batter should have a consistency similar to pancake batter—thick enough to coat the fish but still pourable.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C). Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  4. Dip each fish fillet into the batter, ensuring it is evenly coated on all sides. Carefully place the battered fish into the hot oil, using tongs to avoid splattering.
  5. Fry the fish for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the batter is golden brown and crispy and the fish is cooked through. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fish fillets. Once cooked, transfer the battered fish to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  6. Serve the fish hot, accompanied by lemon wedges, tartar sauce, or malt vinegar, if desired. Enjoy the satisfying crunch and succulent flavor of homemade Battered Fish, perfect for a cozy dinner at home or a fun family meal!