Poor Man's Beer Batter Fish

Poor Man's Beer Batter Fish


"This is a SUPER EASY AND FAST not to mention CHEAP and NO MESS way to make a beer batter for your fresh fish while camping. Using only beer, your freshly caught fish, some oil for your skillet, and shake and pour buttermilk pancake mix containers found in your local supermarket. Great for camping!"


9 m servings 286 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 286 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.6g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 25.6 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 336 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Pour beer into the pancake mix container in place of the water it calls for. Make the batter as thick or thin as you prefer. Close the lid, give it a few shakes, and boom it's done.
  3. Dip fish into the batter using a pair of tongs, or if you want to dirty a dish, pour the batter in a bowl first. If you cut your fish into smaller pieces, you can toss them into the container, close the lid and shake it a couple of times, then carefully remove the coated pieces.
  4. Remove the fish from the batter using tongs, and place into the hot oil. Fry the fish until golden brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
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  1. 45 Ratings


This is good for veggies, peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, squash, fish, shrimp, chicken, onion rings, and dill pickle chunks. Similar to an old Bisquick recipe. First, before you fry anything, m...

I have been using a similar recipe for years and it is great for making onion rings too! My recipe calls for a dash of hot sauce and a few sprinkles of Old Bay seasoning added to the container....

I wouldn't call it quick; battering the fish can be a little time consuming. Won't deny that is indeed tasty though, and easy for the most part! Will definitely be making this again.

I used tilapia as I am not a trout fan/it was a hit at home. My version was a 5 for us....I gave the version "as is" a 4 because it is a bit bland and I did make some minor changes. I added 1 ts...

If it sticks and soaks up the oil you probably cooked it in COLD oil....and probably didn't have enough....:>( you fry at ....375 degrees !!!! this recipe works just great !!

it was like eating fishy old beer tasting pancakes!

For poor man...this is great. The cost of the fish is not so great. But where I'm at I didn't have acccess to fresh, but it was frozen. Plus my grocer did not have trout. SO I purchased an arran...

Very good and fast recipe. I even try it on pork steaks, GREAT!

It doesn't get any easier than this! I used this recipe when I made fish for my wife and 75 yo mother. I got a thousand praises for it and thought I would pass some on to you! Plan on using this...