Friday, February 26, 2010

Beer Battered Tilapia

It's fish fry season! Now that we have a deep fryer, I wanted to try my own at home. The corner store had Tilapia on sale for just $2.99/lb., so it was an easy choice which variety of fish to fry. I also wanted a quick dinner tonight. We arrived home sometime after 6 pm tonight from my daughter's swim lessons. After a long day of being holed up in the house away from the snow storm(with the exception of a 30 minute swim lesson), I was shootin' for a 7:30 bedtime for the kiddos. I was ready for a quiet house this snowy Friday night.

This came together super fast. I just mixed together some oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper for the wash and some flour, baking powder, egg yolk, and beer for the batter.

Then I fired up the fryer and 15 minutes later...dinner was ready.

I was very pleased with my first attempt at frying fish. It was crispy, flavorful, and delicious.

I found this recipe when I Googled "Fried Tilapia" It comes from

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6

•4-6 tilapia fillets (about 6 ounces each)
•Juice of 1/2 lemon
•2 tablespoons chopped parsley
•2 tablespoons cooking oil
•Salt and freshly ground pepper
•Oil for deep frying

Beer Batter
•2 large egg yolks
•1/2 cup beer
•1/2 cup flour
•1/2 tablespoon salt
•1/2 tablespoon baking powder
How to cook Tilapia in Beer Batter:
1.Cut fillets into 2 inches pieces.
2.Put in a bowl with lemon juice, parsley, 2 tablespoons cooking oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
3.Heat oil for deep frying.
4.Dip pieces of fish individually into batter, and then into hot oil.
5.Cook, turning and submerging pieces in the oil until golden brown all over.
6.Drain on paper towels.

This recipe for Tilapia in Beer Batter serves/makes: 4 - 6

Note: I fried the fish at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes per batch.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Julie said...

My husband makes fish like this for us sometimes...yours looks super!

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

Yum! A deep fryer is perfect for fish! I do catfish and trout in my fryer but haven't ever done tilapia - I usually do it in a pan, but will have to try it!

Kim said...

I just got a deep fryer too and the whole family loves it. It's so quick and easy. The fish looks like it fried up fantastic and your picture is awesome!

Katy ~ said...

I don't care for fish particularly but that batter looks amazing! Saving the batter recipe. Bet it would be FABULOUS on shrimp!!! Or clams... or??? Looks terrific!!

Chicago Mom said...

I am gonna have to get a deep fryer now. Shoot, I was gonna ask for a new purse for Mother's Day... :)

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