Cooking with Beer

Chocolate-Stout Tiramisu
Photo: © Paul Costello

From crispy beer-battered buttermilk fried chicken to Guinness ice cream, here are fantastic recipes made with beer.

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Three-Chile Beef Chili

Three-Chile Beef Chili
Fredrika Stjärne

With coffee, dark beer, smoky bacon and three kinds of chiles, this is one deep, rich, spicy pot of beef chili.

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Beer-Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Beer-Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken
© Tina Rupp
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Julie's Texas-Style Chili with Beer

Julie's Texas-Style Chili with Beer

A blend of three chiles and a bottle of pale ale flavor this bold short-rib chili.

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Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale

Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale

This recipe for lecsó (LEH-tcho), a traditional sausage, tomato and bell pepper stew from Hungary, is made with beer for a deep, rich flavor.

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Beer-Braised Pot Roast

Beer-Braised Pot Roast

A perfect pot roast, delicious served over buttered egg noodles.

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Beer-and-Cheddar Soup

Beer-and-Cheddar Soup
© Con Poulos

This rich soup is one of chef Jonathon Erdeljac's favorite, especially with jalapeños and smoky bacon stirred in.

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Brazilian Beer-Marinated Chicken

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Steven Raichlen flavors this speedy chicken dish with Xingu (a Brazilian black lager that has a distinctive colalike flavor), plus mustard and onion—evoking the classic combination of beer and bratwursts. "The marinade brings a lot of flavor to a meat that really needs its," he says.

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Daube de Boeuf with Belgian Ale

Daube de Boeuf with Belgian Ale

This rich, warming beef stew from Andrew Zimmern is the ultimate comfort classic.

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French (Canadian) Onion Soup

French (Canadian) Onion Soup. Photo © Kate Mathis

© Kate Mathis

Hugue Dufour makes a pork broth for his French onion soup using bacon for smokiness and a pig's foot for richness. Omit the pig's foot for a lighter broth.

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Scallop Fritters

Scallop Fritters
© James Baigrie

These light, crisp fritters include bits of chopped scallops in a batter made with clam broth and pilsner — the perfect expression of chef Jimmy Bradley's New England tastes.

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Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos

Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos
© Joseph de Leo

Skinless turkey thighs and drumsticks are packed with flavor; they're also low in fat and high in protein and essential minerals like selenium. Deborah Schneider braises the meat in beer until ultratender, then shreds it for tacos. "It's also fabulous in a sandwich," she says.

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Beer-Braised Chicken Stew with Fava Beans and Peas

Beer-Braised Chicken Stew with Fava Beans and Peas
© John Kernick

Paul Kahan is a big fan of chicken thighs because they have so much flavor and are so inexpensive — the best of both worlds. He braises the thighs in beer to make an excellent stew that he (naturally) pairs with more beer, such as Pere Jacques from Chicago's Goose Island Beer Company, a Belgian-style ale full of caramelized malt flavors. You can use frozen fava beans, but add them, blanched, in the final step.

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Mo's Sticky Ribs

Baby back ribs glazed with peach jam and ketchup.
© Tina Rupp

Fred Donnelly makes these spectacularly sticky ribs at home. "Anyone you make them for falls in love with you," he says.

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Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy

Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy
© Con Poulos

Lots of people brine their turkeys. Not Michael Symon, who thinks brining makes the bird a little rubbery. He salts his bird well and refrigerates it overnight to season it. Before roasting, he covers the breast and legs with cheesecloth that's been soaked in a cider-infused butter. For his beer-spiked gravy, Symon recommends the German-style Dortmunder Gold, made by Great Lakes Brewing Company, from his home state of Ohio.

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Creamy Risotto with Edamame

Creamy Risotto with Edamame
© Marcus Nilsson

This risotto was created when Jeff Smith's daughter, Isabelle, tossed some Laughing Cow cheese into a pot of risotto. "It adds a lot of richness without making the dish taste too sharp," Smith says. The cup of Budweiser beer is his own addition, a last-minute fix on a night he found himself without white wine in the house. "I ended up preferring it to wine in this dish," he says.

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Spicy Beer Mustard

Spicy Beer Mustard
© Hector Sanchez

Chef Jeremy Nolen updates German classics at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, including this intense mustard for sausages.

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Carrots Braised in Beer and Carrot Juice

Indian-Spiced Short Ribs
© Peden + Munk
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Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs with Orange-Tamarind Sauce

Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs with Orange-Tamarind Sauce. Photo © Jody Horton
© Jody Horton

"I started making my Abilene sauce 20 years ago, and every year I tweak it or add something," says chef James Holmes of his signature barbecue sauce. Despite its spicy intensity, the pork and beer flavors come straight through.

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Curried Mussels in White Ale

Curried Mussels in White Ale
© David Tsay

Adding creamy white ale to this intense curry broth helps mellow the flavors.

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Guinness Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Guinness Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
© Maura McEvoy

This ice cream has a strong, malty Guinness flavor that goes supremely well with the salty, milk chocolate–covered pretzels. If you don't want to make the chocolate-covered pretzels, they're easy enough to buy.

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