Bass Ale Beer-Battered Shrimp Recipe

Battered Shrimp


  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups Bass ale
  • Seltzer water (optional)
  • 16 medium-sized raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and butterflied
  • Aioli and/or Ponzu Sauce

Served with Aioli or Ponzu Sauce (the latter made two days in advance), this recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. Ask the market to peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimp for you.

The key to a light batter is combining the right amount of flour and cornstarch. If you add too little cornstarch, the batter will be thick and cakey; too much and the batter will absorb too much oil and become soggy.

Adapted from “Welcome to Michael’s” by Michael McCarty. 

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Put enough oil in a deep-fat fryer to fill the fryer by at least three-quarters. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to 375 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.

While the oil is heating, combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the ale, mixing just until the batter is smooth. If the batter seems too thick, think with a little seltzer.

When the oil reaches the desired temperature, working one piece at a time, use tongs to dip the shrimp carefully into the batter, allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl. Carefully drop the shrimp into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp, 2-3 minutes, taking care to work in batches as necessary so you don’t overcrowd the fryer.

As they are done, use a wire skimmer or slotted metal spoon to remove the shrimp to a paper towel-lined platter. Serve hot, with Aioli or Ponzu Sauce.


Calories per serving:

749 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly

Daily value:



  • Fat 150g 230%
  • Carbs 329g 110%
  • Saturated 25g 126%
  • Fiber 11g 43%
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 68g
  • Polyunsaturated 48g
  • Protein 42g 83%
  • Sodium 1,195mg 50%
  • Calcium 85mg 9%
  • Magnesium 119mg 30%
  • Potassium 571mg 16%
  • Iron 18mg 99%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 490mg 70%
  • Vitamin A 0µg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 198%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 117%
  • Niacin (B3) 25mg 125%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 22%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 721µg 180%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 24mg 119%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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