Classic Wisconsin Beer Battered Fish

half eaten fish fillet on a plate

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

No reviews

A homemade beer batter makes these fish fillets flaky and extra crispy. This is our family’s original recipe and a true Wisconsin classic!


12 cod loin fillets
1 egg
1 cup beer
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons salt
Canola or peanut oil, for frying


  1. Place cod fillets on a paper towel, allowing any extra moisture to dry off.
  2. Whisk egg and beer together.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk again until smooth.
  4. Allow batter to sit for 10 minutes.
  5. In a large pot, add about 2 inches of oil and heat over medium heat to 375° Fahrenheit.
  6. Dredge cod fillets in batter and gently place them in hot oil.
    Depending on the size of your pan, you may have to cook in multiple batches.
  7. Fry until golden and fish is cooked through. This will take about 8 minutes, flipping halfway
  8. When done, remove fillets from oil and place them on plate covered with paper towel.