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Cod in Beer Batter with Tartar Sauce

This recipe for cod in a delicious beer batter comes from a real barbecue house, Smokey Jon’s #1 BBQ in Madison, WI.

I just love real fish and chips, not the boxed kind, but real homemade battered fish and fresh from scratch french fries.

This is an excellent batter recipe that will come out light and crispy each time. I think you will love it.

This batter recipe is part of a collection of wonderful barbecue pit recipes found in the cookbook America’s Best BBQ. If you love barbecue, this cookbook is a real find.

Look for a great tartar sauce below too. Tartar sauce is the perfect accompaniment to fried fish.

There are three toppings that most people use for battered fish. There are the tartar sauce people, fresh lemon juice, or that old standby ketchup.

What kind of fish sauce user are you? I use a combination of tartar sauce and lemon juice. So delicious.

Cod in beer batter

Cod in Beer Batter with Tartar Sauce

This recipe for cod in a delicious beer batter comes from a real barbecue house. It is an excellent batter recipe that will come out light and crispy each time. I think you will love it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Cod:

  • cooking oil, for deep-frying ( about 1 quart)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, large, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup beer, or as needed
  • 2 pounds cod, haddock or hake fillets, cut into approximately 1 1/2" x 3" pieces

Tartar Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 scallion, both white and green parts, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dilled gherkins, minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, minced, drained
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, snipped fresh
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the tartar sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with paper towels and top with a wire rack.
  • In a medium pot or deep fryer, heat 3 inches of oil to 350°F (use a deep frying thermometer if you are using a pot).
  • Meanwhile, mix the flour and cornstarch with the salt. Whisk in the egg. Slowly add the beer while whisking just until the ingredients are incorporated. Dip the fish pieces in the batter and place on a plate or the wire rack you will be using to drain the fried fish. If you have some batter left over, you can dip the fish in the batter again after the first coat of batter dries on the fish awaiting frying.
  • Place the fish pieces, two at a time, in the oil. Cook until the fish is done and the crust is lightly golden, about 4 minutes for 3/4 inch thick fillets. Remove the fish with tongs and put on the rack to drain. Sprinkle salt over the hot fish and put the baking sheet in the oven while you cook the other batches.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 23gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 494mgPotassium: 525mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 204IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
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Serve with the tartar sauce and freshly made french fries.

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Make homemade french fries to go with this beer batter cod and have the best fish and chips right at home. Find the fries recipe here.

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