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Bier Fisch (German Beer Fish)

Bier Fisch (German Beer Fish)

Add a European taste to your summer with this succulent dish that is made with beer to give it a unique flavor.













Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb


3 pounds fish, whole carp
two to three pounds whole fish with head, dressed
2 tablespoons butter
1 each onions
1 each celery stalks
½ teaspoon salt
6 each peppercorns
3 each cloves, whole
4 slices lemon
1 each bay leaves
10 ounces beer
one bottle
6 each gingersnap cookies
1 tablespoon sugar
1 x parsley leaves
for garnish, fresh


This recipe is an old tradition in Germany. The sauce combines sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. In Germany, fresh carp is used, but since it is hard to find other fish may be substituted.

Remove head from fish and reserve for making fish stock for other recipes. Lay fish out as flat as possible, breaking bones along back. Melt butter in a skillet. Add onion, celery, salt, peppercorns and cloves and mix. Top with lemon slices and bay leaf.

Place fish on top. Add beer. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or just until fish flakes with fork. Transfer fish to a platter, cover with foil to keep warm.

Strain cooking liquid, pressing some of the vegetables through. Put gingersnaps and sugar in skillet, stir in 1½ cups strained liquid. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Garnish fish with parsley. Pass sauce for pouring over fish and boiled potatoes as side dish.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


* not incl. in nutrient facts



about 7 years

As a lover of fish---"and beer"--- I had the good fortune to have this dish for dinner last night.

Totally F@@##%^& awesome!!!

almost 16 years

I am German and this is a great recipe!!!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 118g (4.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 10450% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 347mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 2% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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