Celebrate International Beer Day with Beer-Battered Snacks

By Foodism Team

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There is a famous Czech saying- “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” 

Did you know, the 5th of August is celebrated as International Beer Day all around the world! 

International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and backyards all over the world. It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer!

So today, we have 2 beer-battered snacks for you, let’s begin!

1- Beer-battered Onion Rings

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced into ½” thick rings and separated
  • 200 g all purpose flour divided
  • 100 g rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups beer of choice
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1-litre vegetable oil

Method-

  1. Take a deep wok and heat oil to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Toss onion rings with 1/2 cup all-purpose flour until each onion ring has a light dusting of flour surrounding it. Set aside.
  3. Combine remaining all-purpose flour, rice flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt into a mixing bowl and whisk together.
  4. Whisk in beer and ice cubes until mixture is smooth. The ice cubes will help to maintain the temperature. 
  5. Lift onion rings from the batter, shaking off any excess. Carefully drop the coated rings into the oil and fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oil and place onto a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack. Repeat until all onion rings have been fried.
  6. Serve onion rings with a side of ranch dressing (or other condiments of choice).

2- Beer-battered Fish

Ingredients-

  • 1000g boneless fish fillets
  • 100 g rice flour (dusting)
  • 150 g plain/all purpose flour
  • 75 g rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups very cold beer 
  • Ice cubes
  • Oil for frying

Method-

  1. Dry & cut fish: Pat fish dry using paper towels or a tea towel. 
  2. Place ¼ cup rice flour in a shallow bowl.
  3. Take a deep wok and heat oil to 180 degrees celsius.
  4. While oil is heating, sprinkle 3 or 4 pieces of fish with a pinch of salt, then coat in rice flour and shake off excess. 
  5. Mix the flour, rice flour, and baking powder until combined and then add beer and ice cuber.
    Keep whisking until a smooth batter is formed.
  6. Dunk a piece of fish in the batter, then let the excess drip off very briefly.
  7. Fry in the heated oil from all sides for 3 minutes and then take out.
  8. Serve hot with chips and dip!

Now you are all set for this year's International Beer Day!