Beer-Battered Asparagus

  • Recipe TypeAppetizer
  • Prep Time15 minutes
  • Yield4

Crisp asparagus coated in an IPA beer batter with and deep fried to perfection. These make for a perfect appetizer and a pretty delicious way to get a serving of veggies in!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup beer such as and IPA or strong lager (do not measure foam)
  • About 4 cups canola oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends broken off


  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, zest, and pepper in a bowl until combined, then add beer, whisking until smooth.
  3. Heat three inches oil in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderately high heat until it registers 350-375°F on thermometer.
  4. Use tongs to dip asparagus spears in batter to coat. Drag one at a time gently against rim to remove excess batter, then transfer to oil and fry, stirring gently to keep asparagus from sticking together, until golde - 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer as fried with tongs to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Return oil to 350-375°F between batches.

KelleyKelley, The Culinary Enthusiast, is a lover of all things food. Cooking it, talking about it, writing about it, and of course eating it!  She is a self-taught cook, and has been blogging from her Chicagoland kitchen since 2010. Her culinary adventures extend to homebrewing with her husband, and you’ll often find recipes on her blog utilizing their homebrews and other craft beers as featured ingredients.