Delicious Gluten-Free Fried Fish Recipe for the Whole Family

Welcome to my kitchen, where I combine my passion for nutrition and food blogging to bring you amazing recipes that you can enjoy without compromising your health. Today’s recipe is no exception, as I share with you a delicious and healthy gluten-free fried fish recipe that is perfect for any occasion.

Living a gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on flavor, taste or variety. With a little creativity and the right ingredients, you can whip up some mouth-watering gluten-free recipes in no time. In this recipe, we will be using brown rice flour and cornmeal to make a crunchy and flavorful batter that will coat our fish fillets perfectly.

This recipe is also dairy-free, which means we won’t be using any milk or dairy products. Instead, we will be using gluten-free beer to make our batter light and airy.

Fried fish is a beloved classic dish in many cultures and cuisines, and this gluten-free version will not disappoint. You’ll love how easy it is to make and how great it tastes – whether you’re serving it as a main dish or as a snack.

So grab your apron, preheat your oven or air fryer, and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wonderful Gluten Free Fried Fish
Wonderful Gluten Free Fried Fish

My dear food aficionados, if you are a fan of crispy, mouth-watering fried fish, then this recipe is sure to be the talk of the town! What makes this dish a winner is that it is gluten-free, healthy and delicious – all in one. I mean, who doesn’t love indulging in their favorite comfort meal without having to worry about any health implications?

This recipe ticks all the boxes for anyone looking for a guilt-free indulgence. Not only does it avoid using regular flour, but it substitutes it with healthier options such as brown rice and almond flour. Hence, if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet or have celiac disease, you can safely indulge in this tantalizing recipe without sacrificing taste or jeopardizing your health.

One of the most exceptional features of this recipe is that it provides numerous variations to experiment with. You can opt for catfish or tilapia fillets and even pan fry them to get that crispy texture just right. Additionally, you can try air-frying the fish or making the chips recipe to serve up delightfully addictive fish chips.

Let’s not forget its fantastic burst of flavors! With a dash of paprika, sea salt, garlic powder, kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of avocado oil -prepare yourself for an exquisite flavor experience that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

So why wait for Fish Friday when you can make gluten-free beer-battered fish at home all year round? Trust me; your family will adore the lovely aroma wafting through the house as they eagerly await this delightful meal. With this delicious recipe in hand, it’s time to get cooking and enjoy this dish like never before!

Ingredient List

“Crispy and Crunchy”

Gluten-Free Flour Mixes

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

Fish Batter

  • 1 cup gluten-free flour mix
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • Gluten-free beer or milk, enough to make a batter


  • 1 lb white fish fillets (such as cod, tilapia, or catfish)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour for dusting the fish before frying
  • Canola oil or avocado oil, for frying

Optional Toppings:

  • sea salt, to taste
  • tartar sauce
  • lemon wedges

Note: If you don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, you can use almond flour, a gluten-free baking mix, or regular purpose flour. Be sure to avoid gluten if needed.

The Recipe How-To

“Perfectly Gluten-Free”

Now that you have all the ingredients in place, it’s time to begin cooking! Follow these easy steps and you’ll have delicious, gluten-free fried fish in no time.

Step 1: Prepare the Fish

Begin by cutting 1 pound of white fish fillets into pieces of your desired size. I recommend using cod or tilapia for this recipe. Then, season your fish with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and a dash of sea salt. Set the seasoned fish aside.

Step 2: Make the Gluten-Free Fish Batter

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of brown rice flour, 1/4 cup of cornmeal, 1/4 cup of rice flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika. Whisk these dry ingredients together until evenly combined.

Next, pour in 1 cup of gluten-free beer, or if you prefer alcohol-free, use dairy-free milk like almond milk, oat milk or soy milk instead. Mix until the batter is smooth and free from clumps.

Step 3: Batter and Fry the Fish

In a deep skillet or a dutch oven with high sides over medium-high heat, add enough canola oil or vegetable oil that it comes up about 2 inches on the sides. Heat the oil to 350°F (180°C).

Once the oil is hot enough, it’s time to coat your seasoned fish in the gluten-free batter. Dip each piece into the batter until fully coated and then dip into additional rice flour before placing each piece gently into the frying pan.

Fry for about 3-5 minutes until golden brown on one side before flipping with a slotted spoon to cook on other side for another 3-5 minutes until evenly cooked. Don’t overcrowd the frying pan – this will prevent the temperature from dropping, leading to greasy battered fish.

Step 4: Drain and Serve

Remove the cooked fish using your slotted spoon and transfer to a wire rack or to some paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Sprinkle with a little more kosher salt while still hot, and serve with some gluten-free chips or slaw, homemade tartar sauce or lemon wedges. Enjoy your gluten-free fried fish!

Note: If you have an air fryer, you can use it instead of pan-frying. Coat your seasoned fish in gluten-free batter, preheat your air fryer at 400°F (200°C), and place coated fish carefully in the basket. Spray avocado oil on the battered fish before frying for 10 minutes turning halfway through the cooking process.

Substitutions and Variations

“Healthy Comfort Food”

When it comes to substitutions and variations for this gluten-free fried fish recipe, there are plenty of options to consider. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– White Fish: While this recipe calls for tilapia or cod, feel free to substitute in any white fish that you have on hand. Halibut, catfish, or even haddock could work well.

– Flour: If you don’t have gluten-free all-purpose flour on hand, try substituting with brown rice flour or almond flour. You could also use a gluten-free baking mix or replace the flour altogether with cornstarch.

– Beer: If you can’t find gluten-free beer at your local grocery store, try using soda water instead for a lighter batter. Or skip the beer altogether and use just milk in the batter.

– Oil: This recipe recommends using canola oil for frying the fish, but feel free to use vegetable oil or avocado oil instead. These oils have higher smoke points and may result in a crisper fried fish.

– Pan-fried Fish: If you don’t have a deep fryer or just prefer not to fry your food, you can pan-fry the fish instead. Coat the fish fillets in the same batter as the fried fish recipe and cook them in a non-stick skillet with a little bit of oil until golden brown on each side.

– Air Fryer Fish: For a healthier version of this recipe, try air frying your fish fillets instead of deep-frying them. Coat them in the same batter and spray both sides with cooking spray before placing them in your air fryer at 400°F for 10 minutes.

No matter how you choose to make this gluten-free fried fish recipe your own, be sure to adjust cooking times accordingly and keep an eye on the temperature of your oil or air fryer to ensure perfect results every time!

Serving and Pairing

“Golden Brown Deliciousness”

This gluten-free fried fish is a delicious addition to any dinner table or weekend gathering. Serve it up hot and crispy, paired with a fresh garden salad and your favourite dipping sauce, such as tartar sauce, garlic aioli or even lemon wedges for an extra zing.

The fish can also be served as fish and chips along with some crispy homemade wedges or seasoned fries for a satisfying meal that will leave your tastebuds yearning for more. Don’t forget to garnish with some chopped parsley or cilantro for a beautiful presentation that’s sure to impress.

For a healthier option, you could pair this fried fish with some steamed green vegetables like broccoli, asparagus or beansprouts. This will help balance out the richness of the battered fish while providing a nutritious boost to your meal.

If you’re looking for a more traditional Southern-fried experience, try serving this gluten-free fried fish on a freshly-baked bun with lettuce and tomato for an irresistible fish sandwich.

Whatever way you choose to serve this dish, one thing’s for sure: your guests will be coming back for seconds and asking for the recipe!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“A Fish Fry Favorite”

Making fish ahead of time? Yes, you can! This recipe for gluten-free fried fish can be made ahead of time, stored and reheated with ease. The secret is to keep the cooked fish in a dry, airtight container so that it doesn’t get soggy.

To make ahead, cook the fish as directed and let it cool to room temperature. Place the fish fillets in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, pop them into a preheated oven at 350°F for 10-12 minutes until they are heated through.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 2 days or freeze them for up to a month. When reheating from frozen, let the fish thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating in the oven.

If you need to reheat just a couple pieces of fish rather than a whole batch, pop them into an air fryer for 5-7 minutes at 400°F or pan-fry them in hot oil for about 2-3 minutes until they are crisp and hot. But be cautious not to overheat them as they may become dry and lose their flavor.

These gluten-free fried fish fillets also make excellent sandwiches when wedged between two slices of gluten-free bread with your favorite toppings. Whether you’re reheating or repurposing your leftovers, your taste buds will be delighted by this crispy and delectable dish every time.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Celiac-Safe and Yummy”

Cooking gluten-free fried fish at home can be a bit challenging sometimes. However, with a few tips and tricks, you can end up with perfectly crispy and delicious fish fillets every time. Here are some of my top tips for ensuring that your gluten-free fried fish turns out perfectly every single time.

1. Choose the Right Type of Fish

When it comes to making gluten-free fried fish, the type of fish you choose can make all the difference in the world. White fish like tilapia, cod, and haddock tend to work best for this recipe, as they are firm yet tender and have a mild flavor that pairs well with the breading.

2. Keep Your Ingredients Cold

Another key to achieving perfectly crispy fried fish is to keep your ingredients as cold as possible before and during the cooking process. This will help to prevent the batter from getting too thick or clumpy, which can result in soggy fish that doesn’t hold its shape.

3. Use Rice Flour or Almond Flour

If you’re looking for a gluten-free flour alternative for your batter, rice flour or almond flour can make excellent substitutes. Both types of flour are naturally gluten-free and have a light texture that results in a crispy and delicious coating on your fried fish.

4. Add Baking Powder to Your Batter

Adding baking powder to your gluten-free batter mixture can help to give it a little extra lift and fluffiness, resulting in a lighter and crunchier texture on your fried fish.

5. Fry in Small Batches

When it comes time to fry your battered fish fillets, be sure not to overcrowd the pan. Frying in small batches will ensure that each piece has enough room to cook thoroughly and will prevent the temperature of your cooking oil from dropping too low.

6. Drain on Paper Towels

Once your fried fish is done cooking, be sure to drain it well on paper towels before serving. This will help to remove any excess oil and keep your fish nice and crispy.

By following these simple tips and tricks, you can master the art of gluten-free fried fish and enjoy a delicious and healthy meal at home.


As with most recipes, there may be some questions or concerns that come up when attempting to create a dish. In this section, I will address some frequently asked questions and provide answers to help make the process of creating this wonderful gluten-free fried fish recipe as smooth as possible.

What is the best gluten free flour for frying?

When it comes to frying foods, gluten free flour is a must-have ingredient. There are several options to choose from, but I highly recommend Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour in the red bag. This particular flour includes some bean flour, which adds a delightful savoriness to any dish. For an exceptional gluten free chicken fried steak recipe, using Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour will be a game changer.

What substitute ingredient can be used to avoid gluten in the batter of the fish?

If you want to make fish batter that is free of gluten, it would be best to opt for a flour substitute that is gluten-free. Some suggested options are oat flour, almond flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, and brown rice flour.

What flour to coat fish before frying?

To give the fillets a crunch, I recommend coating them with a thin layer of rice flour or all-purpose flour. Be cautious not to go overboard with the all-purpose flour as it can make the texture gummy. Ensure to shake off any excess flour from the fillets before cooking to achieve a crispy and golden-brown crust.

Can celiacs eat battered fish?

If you have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, it’s important to steer clear of chips cooked in the same oil as battered fish. This is because if the batter contains gluten, it can contaminate the oil and subsequently cause the chips to become non-gluten-free.

Can you buy gluten free fish batter?

Are you following a gluten-free diet and missing out on the delicious taste of fish and chips? B.C. has a perfect solution for you! Their Gluten-Free Beer Batter is an effortless way to make your fish crispy and gluten-free at the same time. You can use it to coat a variety of fish including halibut, cod, shrimp, haddock, pollock, and many more. With a 250 mL pack size, you can relish the taste of classic fish and chips in a gluten-free diet.

Is it OK to fry fish without flour?

If you’re someone who has celiac disease and has been missing out on enjoying fried fish, there’s some great news for you! You don’t need to spend a lot of money on alternative flours to coat your fish before frying it. Instead, you can simply marinate your fish with some delicious seasonings and cook it as is, without any extra hassle.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free fried fish recipe is truly a winner. The ingredients list is simple yet flavorful, and the recipe can be easily customized to suit your taste preferences. Not only is it a healthy and delicious option, but it’s also perfect for those who have dietary restrictions and want to avoid gluten.

I believe that everyone deserves to enjoy a delicious meal without worrying about what’s in it. And with this recipe, you can do just that. With a little creativity, you can even turn this recipe into a mouthwatering fish sandwich or fish and chips dish.

So whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a showstopping meal for special occasions, this gluten-free fried fish recipe is worth adding to your repertoire. As always, when cooking at home, be sure to use high-quality ingredients, take your time, and most importantly have fun!

Wonderful Gluten Free Fried Fish

Wonderful Gluten Free Fried Fish Recipe

When you have to follow a gluten free diet it is difficult to enjoy some of the yummy food you used to enjoy, but this is wonderful, my non gluten free DH said this fish was incredible! ( I use lactose free milk ) serve with tartare sauce
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Calories 1256.9 kcal


  • 1 lb white fish fillet
  • 1 cup stoneground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup bobs red mills gluten free pancake mix
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups canola oil


  • Mix all the dry ingredients together. Soak the fish fillets in the milk then dredge in the dry mix. heat canola up in deep fat fryer or frying pan, then fry fish until golden brown.

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Serving: 300gCalories: 1256.9kcalCarbohydrates: 36.5gProtein: 25.9gFat: 113.5gSaturated Fat: 9.3gCholesterol: 83.8mgSodium: 304.9mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 0.2g
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