I love fried fish. Fried fish does not love me. My husband is 1/2 British and he loves a good fish and chips dish. The problem is the gluten in the batter. We have tried to make it at home but without the beer, it never seemed right. After months of googling, I found the trick to making beer battered fried foods without beed. We did cod and made them into larger nugget type treats. So, what is the secret to beer free beer battered fish?
I know right? It makes so much sense! We had a 6 pack of club soda at our house because my mom likes to drink it and she had some leftovers from her last visit so we had some on hand already.
The batter should be like pancake batter. If it is too thick, add some more club soda in small amounts. If it’s too thick, it will be hard to dredge the fish. We used frozen cod, I defrosted it and then patted it dry. A dry fish works best. Once I had all my nuggets battered up, I fried them in groups of 3 or 4. When frying, it is important not to overcrowd the pan because it will make the oil temperature go down and take longer to fry. After it’s done, drain it on some paper towels to soak up the extra oil.
Hubs likes to eat fried fish with mashed peas and chips (fries) but for our dinner, we had green beans. I contemplated frying the beans too but I thought that would be a little much. The freshness of the steamed beans was the perfect side to the delicious fried fish. Hubs ate his with some malt vinegar but that would render them “gluten” so I ate them plain. You could try a balsamic vinegar if you do want to add a little something and stay gluten free.
Gluten Free Fish Fry
- 2 pounds cod, cut into 2-3 inch chunks
- 1 cup gluten free flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 12 oz club soda (plus more if batter is too thick)
- Pat dry fish and let rest.
- Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, granulated sugar, cayenne powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
- Slowly add the club soda and mix until the batter is like a pancake powder. If you need more club soda, add it in tablespoon quantities.
- Dredge the fish in the batter. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Fry in peanut oil until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
- Drain on paper towels and serve while hot.
Do you have a good fish fry recipe? What’s your favorite way to make fried foods at home?