Beer for dinner

Happy Monday!

First of all, I am so glad that everyone enjoyed my post on Friday about eating healthfully on a budget.  Check out the comments section for some other great tips!

On Saturday night, I told Michael that I needed to use a can of his beer to make our dinner, but I hesitated in doing so because I knew what was coming next…

He sighed loudly and hung his head down low as he mourned the loss of a perfectly good beer that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to drink.  What a waste of beer!

However, he quickly changed his tune when he took his first bite of the meal and proclaimed, “This is fantastic!”


Beer-Battered Tilapia with Mango Salsa

(Lightly modified from here)

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

238 calories per serving

Crispy and delicious, serve this fish over brown rice or with a salad for a wonderful weekend meal.   The mango salsa (recipe found here) is refreshing and sweet served over the fish.  Perfect for summertime! 

1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup light beer (any kind)
2 tilapia filets
2 teaspoons olive oil

Combine the whole-wheat flour, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl. Whisk in beer to create a batter.

Coat the entire tilapia pieces in the batter. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Be sure to coat the entire pan well, so the fish will not stick.  Add the fish to the pan; cook until crispy and golden (about 2 to 4 minutes per side). Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil.

Coat the remaining fish with batter and cook in the remaining teaspoon of oil; adjust heat as necessary for even browning.

Serve immediately with Mango Salsa.

This little dinner tale has an even happier ending…

Because I only needed to use a portion of the can to make the batter, Michael got to drink the rest of the beer. :)

Have you ever cooked with beer?  If so, what did you make? I’ve also made chicken with beer, but it didn’t hold the flavor as well. 

On another note, did anyone see any good movies over the weekend?  Michael and I watched Rio at home on Saturday night, and I loved it.  I’ll admit, the main reason was the Lionel Richie music, but still…it was cute. 

Yesterday, I saw One Day with Brittney and Sara.  You may recall that this was our book club selection last month, and I just couldn’t get into the book at all.  In fact, I didn’t even finish it.  The movie was great though, but I warn you that it is a tearjerker!

I hope that your week is off to a healthy start!


  1. That tilapia sounds awesome! Too bad Greg isn’t much into seafood or I would totally make that for him. Must think of other things to dip in beer batter… :)

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Haha. I’m thinking fries! I’ll bet zucchini fries would be awesome in beer batter. :)

  2. We’ve made chicken with beer and I like it! Pretty much the only way I like beer 😉

    I’m glad to hear the movie was better than the book. I’m still on like page 30…

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Brittney said that the movie was actually better than the book. When does that ever happen? After seeing the movie, I might go ahead and finish the book…but it is doubtful. 😉

  3. I like cooking with beer – especially half a flat beer that I just didn’t feel like finishing from the night before. I like beer chili, and I also love beer-battered fish. I’ve never made the fish, but my mom used to. It also made for great hush puppies!

  4. This looks delicious. I made some kind of pot roast crock pot thingie and it was good except the mushrooms took on a weird taste so just picked them out. I recorded Due Date and watched 127 hours (okay movie). I have heard that Rio is pretty good – have to check that out. I really want to go and see Contagion. Have a Great Week:)

  5. I love mango with fish! It’s such a great combination, isn’t it? Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!


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