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Beer battered Fish,the perfect Street food!

Posted on July 15, 2008 by in seafood

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Beer battered Fish

Beer battered Fish

This Beer battered Fish must be the ultimate streetfood. Every country has its own version of this Grab-n-run-meal….pizza, hamburgers, springrolls, tacos, wraps etc. As you go through the posts you see recipes for all of these delicious quick meals.
Here in South Africa, people love  fish as a take-away and if you walk past building sites in and around the city, you get the whiff of fish,chips and malt vinegar. Normally this delicacy is wrapped in newspaper and you can buy pickled onions on the side. Although it is not a true South African meal and no longer a cheap meal, it is warm, filling and very tasty.

When I saw the recipe for Beer Battered Fish on Closet Cooking, I knew Kevin had a winner here and I just had to re-create my own version of Streetfood.

Beer battered Fish

Beer battered Fish

Beer-Battered Fish


350 ml bottle beer- I used a light lager
2 cups/500 ml flour
5 ml/1 t baking powder
1 large egg (lightly beaten)
1.5 kg hake fillets –  cut into serving sized pieces)
salt and pepper to taste
125 ml 1/2 cup flour
oil for frying


Mix the beer, flour, baking powder, salt and egg into a batter in a bowl.

Season the fish with salt and pepper.

Dredge the fish in the flour and shake off any excess.

Dip the fish into the batter.

Fry the fish in preheated 375F oil until cooked, about 4-5 minutes.

For chips , we prefer oven chips. I pre-cook the potatoes for about 7 minutes and slice it is wedges. Drizzle with olive oil and your favorite seasoning and bake in a hot oven (200C) until brown and crispy.

My children thought these newspaper parcels were great!Tell me about you favorite Street food!(I used baking paper on the inside of the printed news paper)


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27 Responses to “Beer battered Fish,the perfect Street food!”

  1. Peter M 16 July 2008 at 4:18 am #

    Nina, the fried fish looks perfect…what colour, I can imagine the crunch. I would so dunk the fish in tartar sauce.

  2. That Girl 16 July 2008 at 4:53 am #

    My favorite is that even though you made this at home, you still wrapped it in paper.

  3. Zen Chef 16 July 2008 at 5:01 am #

    Hey i got the same award! 🙂
    As far as i’m concerned the beer-battered fish is the perfect street food, elevator food, hotel lobby food.. i mean i could have it just about everywhere! It looks beautiful!

  4. Proud Italian Cook 16 July 2008 at 6:56 am #

    Street food, what street is this on? I’ll be right over!!

  5. Y 16 July 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Congrats on your award! I love beer battered fish – it always seems to taste even better wrapped in newspaper too ! 😀

  6. Nikki Miller-Ka 16 July 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    This. Looks. So. Good.

  7. Tartelette 16 July 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    Congratulations on the award! That fish is making me hungry and it is not even lunch time yet!!

  8. kat 16 July 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    What a treat that meal is. I’d certainly gobble it up

  9. Wendy 16 July 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    Thank you! You’re too sweet.
    And that fish looks amazing!

  10. noble pig 16 July 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    OMG that looks delicious! Just delicious.

  11. Helene 16 July 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    This looks really good. I like the picture. Street food to me is a big shawarma.

  12. Jeanne 16 July 2008 at 7:45 pm #

    OMG, that batter looks deliciously light! Want some!! Although I have to agree with Helene that to me, street food is a proper SA style schwarma (not the ghastly kebab shop things they serve here in the UK!). I absolutely crave them and make sure I have one every time I go home 🙂

  13. Jeanne 16 July 2008 at 7:45 pm #

    Oh, and I meant to say congrats on the well-deserved award too 🙂

  14. Antonio Tahhan 16 July 2008 at 8:39 pm #

    that sure beats our street food here in the states… which doesn’t usually go beyond hot dogs or fake Middle Eastern sandwiches, haha.
    I also prefer oven chips over their deep fried counterparts : ) or at least I feel less guilty about eating double the amount!

  15. Bridgett 17 July 2008 at 4:24 am #

    I bet that meal was an absolute treat! Who could resist beer battered fish? Congrats on your award as well.

  16. Lori Lynn 17 July 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    What a great presentation, no wonder your kids loved it. Great idea the baking paper inside too.

  17. Coffee & Vanilla 18 July 2008 at 12:35 am #

    love the styling

  18. Kevin 18 July 2008 at 3:41 am #

    Your fish and chips looks great! I like the newspaper wrap!

  19. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 18 July 2008 at 5:12 am #

    peter – That would have been perfect.

    that girl – it was really a spur of the moment thing.

    zen chef – well done on your award. your right, who does not like fish an chips

    proud italian cook – your welcome to pop in.

    y – I agree about the newspaper thing.

    nikki – thank. you. very. much.

    tartlette – wit your sweet tooth I am not surprised that you crave the saltiness.

    kat – just like we did!

    wendy – you're welcome

    noble pig – it sure was.

    helen – shawarma….not a bad idea!!!

    jeanne – the beer did help to make the batter so light and fluffy. Where is SA is your fav shawarma shop?

    antonio – wow, and I always thought that you have the fast food department covered in the USA.

    bridgette – thanks and yes, the meal was a hit with the family.

    lori lynn – and it was so cheap too.

    coffee& amp – thanks. Welcome to my site. I don't think that I have seen you around before.

    kevin – and it is all thanks to you.

  20. african vanielje 18 July 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    Nina, congrats on teh award, well deserved. As is your top 5 SA blogs according to Woolworths TASTE mag. Well done. I love this photo of fish and chips. It makes me want to start licking my fingers…

  21. Maya 18 July 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    The fish looks good.

  22. Becky 18 July 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    yumyum. deep fried foods = tasty. with beer = freakin awesome.

  23. The Mood Food Blog 19 July 2008 at 12:49 am #

    gotta love the beer batter! Pics look really tasty! Loved the food in SA when I visited! YUM.

  24. Dan 14 September 2008 at 10:42 am #

    Looks better than you’d get from the local chippy. Maybe I can get my lovely wife to eat fish at home if I give this a go! Thanks!


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