The Perfect Summer Fish Fry

No Fuss Fish FryOne of our favorite summer traditions is having a fish fry. It's fresh and perfect for an outdoor meal, and our No-Fuss Fish Fry is so easy to pull together! Also on the menu: bean salad, peach-ginger slaw, and, of course, hush puppies.

Get started with the Beer-Battered Fried Fish, and head over to for the rest of the recipes.

Beer-Battered Fried Fish
Yield: Makes 8 servings

Vegetable oil
2 pounds grouper fillets, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 (12-oz.) bottle beer
1 teaspoon hot sauce

1. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a large Dutch oven; heat to 360°.
2. Meanwhile, sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.
3. Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk in beer and hot sauce. Dip fish in batter, allowing excess batter to drip off.
4. Gently lower fish into hot oil using tongs (to prevent fish from sticking to Dutch oven). Fry fish, in 4 batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place fried fish on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan; keep warm in a 200° oven until ready to serve.

Related: Taste of the South: Fried Catfish
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Southern Living August 2012

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