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Crispy Battered Halibut Recipe with No Beer

Crispy Battered Halibut is quick-fried and contains NO beer in the batter. None.

Crispy Halibut recipe

Crispy Battered Halibut Recipe

What is better than a big basket of fish and chips? Pretty much nothing, in my book. Battered Halibut is my favorite fish – ever, and when I saw some on sale last week you had better believe I picked up enough to feed the family! I have a child with a seafood/fish allergy though, so we picked up chicken too and then just used the same breading (different oil) for it all! Perfect!

I missed most of the photo ops that I should’ve taken, but I did get a sweet picture of this shrimp cocktail that I had at my first live comedy show. This tiny little thing was $10. I was a little shocked, and kind of wanted to ask if they dropped the rest on the way.

$10 Shrimp

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But the comedy? It was hilarious. I saw this guy – Dave Johnson. He was nice enough to chit chat with me for a bit before the show, and then during his act? Total hilarity. He has 5 kids (boy boy boy boy GIRL), and his parenting bits are spot on, totally relatable, and completely amazing. LOVED it. GO SEE HIM if he comes to your area, and stop by that link and show him some Facebook love. I have such a huge respect for comedians. Standing up in front of a crowd, and TALKING? Couldn’t do it. Actually trying to make people laugh? Totally terrifying. I could sing the alphabet in front of a crowd, but don’t make me talk. Nooooo.

He was followed up by Frank Roche who was also hilarious. He did more crowd work, which was really fun to watch and a little scary. But thankfully I didn’t get picked on too bad! He was on America’s Got Talent a while back, and you will not regret getting out to see one of his shows. He’s from Detroit, and went to high school in the very same town where we recently spent two years for work. *It’s a small world after all*

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Between Christmas, New Years, and getting ready for this trip I’ve been in a total fog. And barely posting at all. But I’m back! And I’m ready to go.

So back to this halibut. Which rocked my entire world.

Battered Halibut

This recipe is actually kind of a cross between a batter and a breading. It’s the best of both worlds, in my humble opinion! Adjust as you see fit. That’s the best part of breading and battering. It’s so customizable.

Battered Halibut

Battered Halibut
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Yield: 8 servings

Crispy Battered Halibut with no beer

Crispy Halibut recipe

This crispy breaded halibut contains NO beer, but all the crunch of a beer batter. One of my favorite ways to do a fish fry, you're going to love this easy recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • oil for frying


  1. Prep your fish by removing the skin (if any) and cutting into pieces sized about as big as a deck of cards prior to mixing your batter.
  2. Preheat your oil as well. Ideal frying temperature is about 365. If the oil is not hot enough you'll end up with greasy fish. If it's too hot you'll burn the batter before the fish is cooked through. The batter needs to be used immediately after it's mixed. Baking powder is temperamental and doesn't wait for cold oil!
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients except for the bread crumbs, and stir well to evenly distribute. Stir in the cold water and immediately dip fish in the batter, and then do a quick coat in the bread crumbs and carefully put into the preheated oil.
  4. Cook until golden brown and the fish is cooked through.


This was enough batter for 6-8 decent sized pieces of fish.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 443mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Monday 11th of March 2024

This recipe for fish batter was absolutely delicious….my husband told me…Do Not?lose Recipe 😀 Thank you


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

My new favourite haddock recipe. I followed the directions exactly and it was super quick and easy to prepare.Served it with fries,homemade tartar sauce and fresh lemon.

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Awesome! I'm so glad you liked it. We love this one!


Thursday 5th of August 2021

Thank you so much for this recipe! So much up my alley, like we're sisters! I am making this for my parents today. Thank you!


Sunday 12th of January 2020

How many pounds of fish does this batter cover? You say, "6-8 decent size pieces of fish" but ..... what, exactly does that mean? Decent size is pretty subjective. Thank you

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 12th of January 2020

I didn't weigh it. It also depends on how big you cut the chunks. The more pieces there are, the more surface area you have to cover. These chunks were about the size of a deck of cards. Maybe a little thicker though.


Thursday 12th of September 2019

I made a mistake a dipped the fish in cold water, then the powder and then the bread crumbs. Still tasted very good but I want to try again the proper way. Thanks for the great recipe.


Thursday 5th of August 2021

@David, now that is funny! But I needed a laugh! You made my day! lololol

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 14th of September 2019

Lesson learned! Glad you still enjoyed it, and can't wait to hear how you like it when making the proper way!

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