Gluten-Free Beer Battered Fish and Chips – Manly Gluten Free Thursday

I’m pretty sure I haven’t done a fish recipe for Manly Thursdays, so here I am with a beer battered cod recipe.  This is also going to be the second-to-last Manly Gluten-Free Thursday;  I am working on some other stuff and just won’t have the time to post a recipe every Thursday.  Actually, now that I think about it, I might have done a salmon recipe one of the Thursdays.  Oh well, this one will still get your taste buds watering!

Fish has been one of my favorite foods since high school: salmon, halibut, cod, tuna – they’re all fantastic.  I used to order the Filet o’ Fish sandwich at McDonald’s all the time, often drawing the ire of my friends.  Good thing those aren’t gluten-free, or I might still be doing it!  Now that I’ve grossed everyone out by professing my love of McDonald’s “fish”…

I decided to include this in the Manly GF category because it is beer battered and delicious, but this is not the easiest or quickest recipe to make.  There is quite a bit of prep time, and there are a decent (but manageable) number of ingredients as well.  With that said, don’t let that dissuade you;  it isn’t THAT hard to make.  And it’s well-worth it when you are eating it.

Slicing the Potatoes

Slicing the Potatoes

Cutting the Fish

Cutting the Fish

Frying the Potatoes

Frying the Potatoes

Frying the FIsh

…and Frying the Fish

The Finished Gluten-Free Fish and Chips

The Finished Fish ‘n Chips, Gluten-Free Style!

Gluten-Free Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Another Angle

Taking a Bite

Taking a Bite…Delish!


The Recipe

Ingredients (serves 3-4):

  • 4 large potatoes, cut into smaller strips
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of gluten-free beer
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound of cod fillets, cut diagonally into 1 inch-wide strips that are about 5 inches long
  • Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder


1.  In a Dutch oven, heat oil to around 375 degrees –  (medium-high should get you around there).  There should be just enough oil to cover the potatoes.

2.  Fry potatoes for about 10-12 minutes, until they are a golden brown.  Remove from oil with a slotted spoon or tongs.

3.  In a large bowl, pour in the gluten-free beer.  Mix in 1 cup of the gluten-free flour, until they are just combined.

4.  Stir in the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the beer mix.  Season your fish with salt and pepper as well.

5.  Coat the fish thoroughly in the beer batter, and then dredge in the remaining flour.

6.  Once the fish is covered in the flour, place into the oil and fry it.  Turn over the fish frequently until it is a golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove from oil.

7.  Serve with your potatoes/chips and any sauce or dressing you like.  Enjoy!

One Response to Gluten-Free Beer Battered Fish and Chips – Manly Gluten Free Thursday

  1. Brian from Bard's August 3, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Looks terrific. However, it could be improved. The flavor in beer comes from its malted grain. Bard’s is the only g-f beer that malts the sorghum its recipe for traditional beer flavor, aroma and color. Try it and taste the difference for yourself.

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