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Pub-Style Beer Battered Cod (aka “Fish ‘n Chips”)

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beer battered cod


One of the things I miss most about the midwest and living in Illinois and Indiana, is their Friday Night Fish Fries! Just about every restaurant and corner bar in every small town in the heartland serves up some kind of “A.Y.C.E.” fish every Friday night! The entire evening was full of fun and was sure to include some games of throwing darts and shooting pool with a small group of close friends! Fun times for sure! And boy oh boy, you want to talk about some good tasting fish! And I’m not even a fish lover! Piles of “All You Can Eat” freshly caught fish from Lake Michigan and the “10,000 lakes” from the Upper Peninsula including everything from delicately breaded and deep-fried lake perch, bass, blue gill, catfish, crappie, smelt and rainbow trout! You name it and they have it somewhere! And if you’re extremely lucky, you’ll find a little tavern tucked away in a sleepy little neighborhood that happens to serve the Cadillac, primo, it just doesn’t get any better than this, of all freshwater fish…the mild, lightly sweet walleye! Ohhhhh myyyyyyy!!!  Truly a succulent delicacy!

I’d about give anything for a steaming plate of lightly breaded, freshly caught, mild, and slightly sweet lake or stream fish piled high with extra tartar sauce for dippin’ ! 😉 But since we live by the ocean now, saltwater fish will just have to do. I’m not super fond of ocean fish. It seems to have a much stronger “fishy taste” that I just don’t care for, but there are a few kinds that are mild enough for me to handle, such as cod! I really love it! And it’s a sturdy enough fish that it doesn’t fall apart easily when fried and is great for grilling, too. It works extremely well for this recipe and is as close as I can get to reminding me of “home”.   

In the heart of the midwest, you always had a choice of fries or a baked potato, cole slaw and some kind of bread or soft dinner rolls to be served with your fish. It was a simple meal that just couldn’t be beat! So any or all of the above side dishes go well, or you can even serve your fish with some oven-roasted potato wedges if preferred as I did here. Best to choose something simple though, and let the fish be the shining star of the show! 

Welp, I may be getting too old for the “bar scene” now, and prefer to stay at home, but I’ll never be too old for a good old-fashioned fish fry! So drag out the big, deep frying pan or deep-fryer, invite over some close friends and have a fun evening with good food, great conversation, a few games of darts or pool, and mugs of ice cold beer! 😉 Enjoy!!  



Serves 4 (8 – 2″x4″ pieces of cod)


8 – 2″x4″ pieces of cod, patted dry (will coat more if smaller)

3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup Indian Head Old-Fashioned Stone Ground Yellow Corn Meal, it’s less grainy than most

1 tsp. seasoning salt

1/4 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

1 extra-large egg, beaten

1 cup beer

oil for frying

tartar sauce for dipping

french fries with malt vinegar, cole slaw and soft dinner rolls if desired



Heat oil to  375 degrees.

Cut up cod into 8 – 2″x4″ sized pieces and pat dry.

In medium bowl, whisk next 7 ingredients well, slowly whisking in beer last. Dip pieces into batter coating well and letting excess drip off a little. Carefully place into hot oil and fry for 4-5 minutes and until they are a deep golden brown on both sides, turning as needed. Set on a baking sheet topped with a cooling rack. *DO NOT cook too many pieces at once crowding them. The oil temp will drop and they’ll be soggy and greasy. The fish will stay hot until all of the pieces are done, or you can pop them into a low oven (200-250 degrees) while you finish cooking them all, but it really in’t necessary. 

Serve with tartar sauce, fries with malt vinegar, cole slaw, and soft, warm dinner rolls if desired.


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Kris ~Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Friday 12th of August 2016

Wisconsin is all about the fish fries too! I am finally used to it, but even today I had to laugh that the deli at the local grocery store was featuring fish fry! I'll have to try this recipe. I really have no experience making fish and would really like to get better at it!


Saturday 13th of August 2016

Crazy, isn't it? One on every block! Churches, bars, VFW's / halls, clubs, schools, and yep, even grocery stores! Hilarious!! :D Hope you enjoy!

(You might want to take a peek at this one then, too. It's my favorite!! )


Thursday 26th of March 2015

I just drooled, I mean literally DROOLED!! I am sharing this amazing recipe my friend tomorrow first thing!! ♥


Sunday 29th of March 2015

Thanks, sweet pea! Hope you're doing well!!! LOVED your video on youtube!!!! (And the recipe looked DIVINE! ) Take care!! :D