Air Fryer Beer Battered Fish and Chips are a tasty twist on the classic dish from across the pond. White fish is fried and served with homemade french fries.
Frying fish in beer batter is next level. Serve with malt vinegar, tartar sauce and lemon wedges for a delicious fish dinner.
Air frying your fish lets you get that crisp texture without all the oil. No mess and no having to let the fish dry on a paper towe.
If you live in the Midwest, you may know that you can find an amazing fish fry every Friday at most restaurants. In other parts of the country, fish fries happen less frequently, mainly during Lent between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
Air Fryer Fish and Chips Ingredients
To make this classic air fried beer battered fish recipe, you will need these ingredients from the grocery store (see the recipe below for exact amounts and instructions):
- Halibut: You can substitute most kinds of white fish for this recipe. Halibut, haddock and cod fillets all work great for air fried beer battered fish and chips.
- Beer: Feel free to spice things up with different kinds of beer. I prefer a dark porter, but you can use a lager as well.
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Salt and Pepper
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Russet Potatoes
- Olive Oil
- Malt Vinegar
- Tartar Sauce
- Lemon Wedges
How to Make Fish & Chips in an Air Fryer
You will want to make the chips first, so that the air fryer fish is hot and crispy when you serve it. Chips are known in America as thick cut french fries or steak fries.
How to Make Thick Cut Fries in an Air Fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
Cut the potatoes lengthwise into thick slices that are about 1/2 inch thick.
Place the potato slices into a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Toss to combine. Put the fries in the air fryer basket.
Cook the potatoes in the air fryer for 7-10 minutes, toss the fries and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes (or until the fries have reached your desired crispness). I do not use an oil spray, but you can if you are worried about the food sticking to the air fryer.
How to Make Beer Battered Fish in an Air Fryer
Cut the white fish into fillets that are about 4 inches each.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup all purpose flour with the cornstarch, baking soda, egg, and beer.
In another bowl, combine the remaining flour with the salt, black pepper, old bay seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Dip each filet of white fish into the beer batter and then into the flour mixture, making sure to evenly coat each side. Place the fish in the air fryer basket. Again, I did not use oil spray but you can.
Air fry the breaded fish in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes before flipping and cooking an additional 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.
You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. I recommend reheating in the air fryer to keep the fish and chips nice and crispy.
Can I Air Fry Frozen Fish Fillets?
Yes, you can use frozen fish. Make sure your fish is cut into fillets before you freeze them, otherwise you may not be able to cut them to size. You will need to increase the time to at least 12 minutes.
What to Serve with Fish and Chips
These are best served fresh out of the air fryer while they are still crispy and hot. Here are some easy side dish recipes that can be whipped up and ready to go.
Coleslaw – This homemade coleslaw with red cabbage is the perfect side dish for fried fish. Coleslaw also has vinegar, which really pairs nicely with fish.
Yum Yum Sauce – This dipping sauce is so delicious, and a fun alternative for dipping your fries or fish.
Ranch Pickles – These flavored pickles are a simple side dish that goes perfect with fish.