14 Tasty Beer Recipes to Make this Weekend

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The only thing better than drinking beer is cooking or baking with it. Unlike wine, cooked beer retains a lot of its flavour. It’s great for braising tough cuts of meat, or using it as a marinade to infuse meat with flavour. Even better, you can create the perfect texture for battered and fried goods (we’re looking at you, onion rings and fried fish). From sweet treats to savoury bites, here are some of our best beer recipes for our fellow beer lovers out there.

Our Favourite Beer Recipes

When it comes to cooking with beer, the possibilities are endless. Bottoms up!

Tartare Crusted Grilled Hake with Beer Battered Onion Rings

You’ll never want to buy another fish & chips parcel after trying this version; we’ve swapped out the chips for onions rings and we couldn’t be happier. The Beer Battered Onion Rings are light, crispy and super satisfying. Serve with mushy peas for a classic combo.

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Beer Bread with Grilled Mozzarella & Herb Oil

Bread, beer and mozzarella – what more could you want? The beer not only imparts a delicious flavour, but also transforms the texture of the bread. A total game-changer!

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Pulled Pork Braai Broodjies

Beer isn’t only great for washing down this epic grilled sandwich, it also helps tenderise the meat to create that delicious pulled texture you’re after.

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Beef & Mushroom Stout Stew with Colcannon

This dish will have your mouth exploding with umami goodness from the bacon, mushroom and anchovies. Talk about peak comfort food!

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Beer Recipes Sweet Potato Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread
Beer Recipes Bacon Beer Jam

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread

This is honestly our go-to beer bread recipe. The pumpkin ale is what makes it so special and it’s brewed with an interesting mix of pumpkin, butternut, cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg. It’s great as a side dish, or if you’re anything like us, smother it with butter and enjoy as is.

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Bacon & Beer Jam

This jam pairs perfectly with the pumpkin ale bread. Top with mature cheddar cheese, rocket leaves and a squeeze of lemon for the ultimate bite.

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Beer Recipes Schweinshaxe

Amber Ale Sticky Lamb Shanks & Bacon Sweet Potatoes

Basted with Jack Black Lumberjack Amber Ale, smoked paprika, honey and Soy sauce, these shanks are ridiculously delicious! The beer used is a roasted malt amber ale with a rich red colour, that’s perfect for marinating and washing down this gorgeous hunk of meat.

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Schweinshaxe With Beer Gravy

A delicious German classic, the haxe is steeped with yummy flavour from the beer. Serve with bacon sauerkraut to cut through the richness.

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Beer Recipes Asian Beer Braised Pork Neck Tacos
Beer Recipes T Bone Steak Indian Pale Ale Onion Rings

Asian Beer Braised Pork Tacos

Golden ales, with their fresh fruity flavours and subtle hop kick, are best mates with the complex sweet, sour and savoury flavours of this dish. This beer-braised pork is fall-apart tender; add some coconut-wasabi cream for one tasty flavour fusion.

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T-Bone Steak with Indian Pale Ale Onion Rings

IPA is one of our favourite styles of beer – it’s floral, fruity and seriously hoppy. It’s got enough bite to stand up to the heaviest of foods, and it makes the perfect coating for crunchy onion rings.

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Beer Recipes Sriracha amber ale hot wings
Beer Recipes recipe beer and cheese fondue

Sriracha Amber Ale Hot Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Hot wings are always a crowd pleaser; this easy oven-baked version ensures a crispy skin and succulent centre. Our sauce is made with amber ale to balance the heat of the Sriracha.

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Beer & Cheese Fondue

This retro-style dish gets a contemporary makeover with the addition of beer.

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Beer Recipes guinness and peanut butter ice cream float
Beer Recipes guinness cupcakes with peanut butter icing

Guinness & Peanut Butter Ice Cream Float

These Guinness & Peanut Butter Ice cream Floats will take you back to your childhood, but remind you why it’s great being an adult.

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Guinness Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing

Our favourite ingredients come together in these decadent and droolworthy cupcakes – beer, chocolate and peanut butter – everything about this pairing just works.

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Learn all about the hoppy history of India Pale Ale, or explore the world of craft beer with this guide.

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