What’s For Dinner? Easy Pan-Fried Fish!

Why We Love It

This meal from reader Dave is the perfect fast, easy weeknight treat. You probably have all the ingredients required in your pantry right now!


  • 4 fish fillets, thawed and at room temperature
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour (any blend will do)
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Canola oil for frying
  • One 355 mL can club soda or gluten-free beer (like Glutenberg Blonde), refrigerated


  1. Put enough oil in a large frying pan just so it covers the bottom. Place on stovetop and heat on medium until the oil is hot (shimmering but not smoking – about 400 degrees).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together. Place about ¾ of the mixture into a wide bowl and the remaining mixture on a plate.
  3. Slowly add the liquid to the bowl of dry mixture until the mixture is slightly thicker than pancake batter. (You may not need the entire can of liquid.)
  4. Pat fish dry with paper towel.
  5. Dredge fish fillets in the reserve mixture on the plate and then dip into the wet mixture.
  6. Carefully place fish in oil. Cook two to three minutes per side.
  7. Serve with a slice of lemon and enjoy!


  • You can customize this dish by swapping out the spices for different ones. However, don’t leave out the salt or baking powder.
  • This dish pairs perfectly with these oven-baked fries.
  • If you’re looking for a deep-fryer recipe, try my dad’s secret concoction!

(Original Source: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/03/gluten-free-beer-battered-fish-fry.html)


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  1. #1 by PeterMcCallum on November 25, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Hello I enjoy reading your emails very much and can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful restaurant reviews, product notifications, and recipes. I was wondering if you have ‘influence’ on businesses. Your blog is widely read by people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity so I’m approaching you with this ‘complaint’ in the hopes that you might address Cheese Curds. They make a delicious burger, offer a gluten free bun, make fantastic home cut fries, and have 4 deep fryers at the Burnside location BUT do not keep any of those fryers gluten free! I understand that advertising a fryer as ‘gluten free’ can become a legal concern but even if they advertised it as ‘we don’t fry anything with gluten in this fryer’. It frustrates me when little changes like this make such a big difference for those of us that have limited dining options. Patricia

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on November 25, 2014 - 6:19 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! Here is the story with Cheese Curds. They used to advertise one fryer at the Woodside location as GF and were planning to do the same at Burnside (as it hadn’t opened yet at that time). After several months they realized that the GF fryer was being contaminated by the other fryers via the filtering process and this system was already built/purchased for Burnside. Unfortunately there is not a lot they can do at this point. 😦 Flip Burger and Krave also have great GF burgers and fries though! Hope that helps 🙂

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