Fried Mushrooms


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm beer
  • 6 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 pound small domestic mushrooms, stems on, wiped clean


  1. Combine flout, salt, cayenne, baking powder, and sugar in mixing bowl. Add beer, whisk until smooth, and set aside, covered, at room temperature, 1 hour.
  2. To fry, heat oil in deep pot or fryer until 350 degrees F. ( To test readiness, drop in a spoonful of batter. If it bubbles immediately, oil is ready.)
  3. Dip mushrooms into batter, a handful at a time, turning evenly to coat.
  4. Drop mushrooms into oil and fry until golden brown all over, turning occasionally with slotted spoon, about 2 minutes.
  5. Drain on paper towels and complete frying. Serve immediately or risk sogginess.

Serves 4.

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