Best Batter Recipe for Deep Frying

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This recipe produces a light, crispy coating on whatever you are making. I made fish with it last (swai, my favorite fish), but it is really good for chicken nuggets, onion rings, and thinly sliced vegetables.


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water


You can add the herbs you like to this recipe. For fish, I like to add lemon pepper. Vary the seasonings with the dish you are making to suit your taste. Omit the garlic and/or onion powder if you like.

Mix all the dry ingredients. Mix the water in until it is smooth. You might have to add a bit more water. This batter is not supposed to be real thick.


To use this with fish, I cut 1 lb. of swai fillets in half. I shallow fried it, with less than an inch of oil in the pan on high heat. Dip the fillets in the batter and let the excess drip off. Put in the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Turn, and repeat. Each side takes 3 - 4 minutes.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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December 24, 2009

I am looking for a recipe for onion ring batter.

By aimee from St. Petersburg, FL


December 25, 20091 found this helpful
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1/2 cup gram flour or pea flour
1/4 cup cake flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder


1/4 tsp. fine salt
1/4 tsp. herbs or masala.

Sift all the ingredients and add water to make a batter,coat onions or potato or spinach and fry.

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December 28, 20090 found this helpful
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A thin pancake batter works great. Make as the box says, but thinner. Then add seasonings, like salt, pepper, and other spices. Dry food well on a paper towel, dip and deep fry.

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December 29, 20091 found this helpful
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1 1/2 cups flour (using Tempura batter mix is yummy too)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup beer
3 eggs

Slightly beat the eggs in medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Blend well with electric mixer. Use immediately.

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December 24, 2009


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 egg yolk (save white)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water


Beat egg white until stiff and add to mixture. Coat veggies and fry.


By Robin from Washington, IA

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