Beer Battered Sardines

Beer Battered Sardines


  • 1 cup beer (dark)
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour + ¼ cup for dredging
  • 3 (3.75 oz) cans Sardines Skinless/Boneless in oil, Salt added
  • 1 lime
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • ½ tp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper


  1. 1. In a bowl whisk flour, salt, and baking powder. Add beer and whisk till smooth. Don’t over mix.
  2. Drain sardines and pat dry. Cut lime into 8 wedges.
  3. In a 3-quart saucepan heat oil over moderately high heat until a deep-fat thermometer registers 375°F.
  4. Mix ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper into ¼ cup flour. Working in batches dredge fish in flour then dredge in batter to coat completely, dragging lightly against side of bowl to remove excess.
  5. Fry, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer sardines to paper towels to drain. Repeat steps 4 and 5 till desired sardines are fried.
  6. Fry lime wedges in oil until they begin to turn golden, about 30 seconds, and transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve sardines with lime.