Carey's Beer Batter For Fish, Shrimp & Onion Rings

Carey's Beer Batter For Fish, Shrimp & Onion Rings

15 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 93% would make again

Ready in 20 minutes

This recipe makes the best fry batter for almost any fish, chicken veggies, onion rings etc.. tastes great and holds well, some people prefer top to toss the onion rings in a littler flour prior to coating

"I made a double size batch of this batter to do a pound of small to medium size shrimp and then some onion rings, it was excellent on both. Very good flavor and the batter clings very well to the food."


2/3 cup All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 cup beer
1 Egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil; or melted butter ( preferred )
1/2 teaspoon Old bay Spice; ( or other creole type seaoning )
1/4 teaspoon Granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon Onion powder

Original recipe makes 2



1 Mix flour, salt, baking powder, old bay, garlic, and onion powder ( all dry Ingredients) in a bowl using a fork.

2 Beat beer, egg and oil together in a separate bowl.

3 Stir into flour mixture until well blended.

4 Batter should be pretty smooth and moderately thick.

5 Dip fish, shrimp, or onion slices in coating and deep-fry in hot oil that has been heated to 350 degrees, until it becomes golden.

6 Drain, and serve while hot and crispy.

7 This recipe also works well with chicken tenders and vegetable pieces; whatever you like to coat with beer batter.

** If you are doing onion rings, try soaking the sliced onion rings in either cold water for several hours or even buttermilk, prior to coating and frying.**


Great for a fish fry. Mushrooms and other veggies go great too, as well as chicky tenders, and squares of marinated tofu. Experiment and have fun! Makes enough for 1 pound of seafood.

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stayed true to the recipe, only I used my own seasonings/spices. exallent

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I didn't follow the instructions, but it came out great.
BinkSpenMom 1y ago

Excellent recipe, greet flavor
clabrusciano 3y ago

I had to add just a bitm ore flour to make it thicker, but other wise it was delish!
mquattlebaum 3y ago

Try sparkling water instead of beer works very well
bredareddan 3y ago

very true to from! it was awesome! I added some cayenne pepper and also tossed shrimp in half a cup of corn starch prior to dipping in batter to help it hold better! i am stuffed!
dabrews 3y ago

The basic recipe is good, but the results are a bit too thick: it really needs twice the amount of beer than originally stated. Also, since we aren't fans of Old Bay (or similar) we stuck with salt, garlic powder, and onion powder
TampaTygrr 3y ago

Don't use this batter thick or it will be too soggy...I also substituted beer for milk, and it turned out great!
rayneberry 3y ago

This is now our favorite beer batter recipe.
SanguinePony 4y ago

made this a few times & its a simple, good & easy to make! I suggest using Heineken Dark beer; the color is richer & so is the flavor!
AJT3125 4y ago

I made tilapia filet in this batter and it was delicious!!! Recommend it to anyone easy and fast.
Edakovacs13 4y ago

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