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Cooking with beer

Cooking with beer

Beer Inspired Dishes

As it turns out beer isn’t just for drinking at the footy game or a Sunday afternoon barbeque, it can also be a great addition too many tasty dishes as it accentuates the flavour of the meat. Below are some succulent beer inspired dishes best served with their hero ingredient…beer.


Beer Battered Chicken - Easy to make, easier to eat

Chicken and beer, what’s not to like? With a quick preparation time of thirty minutes your friends will never go hungry.


  • 1 
large egg
  • 3⁄4
cup beer
  • 1 
cup flour
  • 1 
teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 
teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 
boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 1⁄4
cups vegetable oil

Method (Serves 4):

  • Begin with lightly beating the egg with a whisk. Next insert and whisk the beer. Then add the dry ingredients, whisking until smooth.
  • Seal and let stand for 25-30 minutes.
  • Slice the chicken length wise into strips.
  • Using a 10” skillet commence heating the oil on a medium-high heat until it reaches a temperature of 360º.
  • Dip the chicken in the batter and allow additional batter to drip off.
  • Next slowly place each strip into the heated oil.
  • After approximately 1 minute, flip the chicken.
  • Remain turning the chicken occasionally, cooking until golden brown.
  • Once complete, remove the chicken and place on a paper towel.

Note: Cooking time is approximate and per batch. 


Beef Steak Pie – A twist on an old bakery favourite

There’s nothing not to love about a beef pie to warm you up on a cold winter night. This traditional dish is made even better by packing a beer flavoured punch.   


  • 1 kg rump steak (beef) diced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped medium
  • 3/4 cup beef stock (liquid)
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 400 g canned diced tomato
  • 2 tbs corn flour
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs parsley chopped
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Pour the oil into a pan and heat.
  • Next cook the diced beef steak segments until browned.
  • Remove the steak pieces and place the onions into the same pan and cook till transparent.
  • Next add the beef steak and the stock, sauces, tomato paste, sugar and can of tomatoes to the pan.
  • Simmer ingredients in the pan for 1½ hours uncovered.
  • Add water and corn flour and mix until the blend thickens.
  • Then add and mix in the parsley.
  • Place the mix into 3 or 4 separate pie dishes or 1 large one.
  • Cover the mix with pastry and brush with egg.
  • Then bake at 200ºC for 30 minutes or until golden brown.