Why Cook With Beer?

Why should you cook with beer? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but here are just a few…


When beer batter is heated it releases bubbles of carbon dioxide. This is great for batters because it makes for a light, crispy crust.

Marinades, Bastes and Brines:

In marinades, brines and bastes, the alcohol in the beer is able to penetrate meat better than other liquids. This allows it to carry flavour deeper into the meat.


It is as simple as that. Beer adds flavour. Depending on the variety, beers can have smokey, sweet, bitter, acidic, or a combination of flavours.

In addition to the flavour of the beer itself, the alcohol in beer is able to dissolve essential oils and other organic compounds that are not soluble in water. Once dissolved, the flavours are more available to your senses of smell and taste.

picture of a glass of beer
Beer. Good for more than just drinking

Beer Recipes

Now, let’s get to the recipes. If you favourite recipe isn’t here, leave a comment and let us know about it.

  1. Guiness Braised Lamb Shanks – Mommie Cooks
  2. Chocolate Guinness Cake – Simply Recipes
  3. Beer Battered Cod Fish and Chips – Brown Eyed Baker
  4. Cheddar Beer and Mustard Pull Apart Bread – Smitten Kitchen
  5. Cheddar Cheese Soup with Ale Potato and Bacon – Brown Eyed Baker
  6. Chocolate Stout Cake – Love and Olive Oil
  7. Beer Cheese Bread – Mommie Cooks
  8. Beer Brown Sugar Kielbasa with Sauerkraut – Brown Eyed Baker
  9. Black and Tan Cupcakes – Dinner with Julie
  10. Guinness Milk Chocolate Ice Cream – Brown Eyed Baker
  11. Beer and Cheese Soup – Mommie Cooks
  12. Gingerbread Stout Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream – Love and Olive Oil
  13. Gingerbread Beer Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting – Shauna Sever
  14. Beer and Pretzel Caramels – Brown Eyed Baker
  15. Beer Waffles with Cinnamon Caramel Apples – Brown Eyed Baker
  16. Beer Can Chicken – Simply Recipes
  17. Crockpot Hirino Psito Slow Roasted Pork – A Year of Slow Cooking
  18. Guinness Bread with Molasses – Simply Recipes
  19. Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew – Simply Recipes
  20. Car Bomb Cupcakes – Smitten Kitchen
  21. Beef and Three Bean Chili Recipe – Pinch My Salt
  22. Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – Pinch My Salt
  23. Short-rib Beef Stew with Ale – Simply Recipes
  24. Arroz con Pollo (Cuban Chicken with Rice) – Smitten Kitchen
  25. Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies – Farm Girl Gourmet
  26. Beer Braised Chicken – Life with Mel
  27. Beer Braised Beef with Onions – The Pioneer Woman
  28. Beef Stew with Beer and Paprika – The Pioneer Woman
  29. Welsh Rarebit – The Pioneer Woman
  30. Smoked Beer Can Turkey – Cooking for Engineers
  31. Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Stout Drizzle – She Knows
  32. Chocolate Stout Pudding Pie – The Kitchn
  33. Braised Short-Ribs, Stout, Potato Potpies – Martha Stewart
  34. Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew – Eating Well
  35. Chocolate Stout and Irish Cream Whoopie Pies – Bake My Away
  36. Maple-Stout Glazed Salmon – Ricardo Cuisine
  37. Beer and Chorizo Braised Beef – Ricardo Cuisine
  38. Beer Steamed Mussels – Ricardo Cuisine
  39. Beer Battered Fried Calamari with Cucumber Sauce – Ricardo Cuisine
  40. Onion Soup with Beer – Ricardo Cuisine
  41. Beer Soup – Ricardo Cuisine
  42. Pizza Dough with Beer – Ricardo Cuisine
  43. Chocolate Stout Crepes and Irish Cream Whip – Country Cleaver
  44. Beef Carrot and Stout Stew – Huey’s Kitchen
  45. Pork Chops with Guinness Stout and Onion Gravy – The Recipe Archive
  46. Stout-Marinated Ribs with Honey Glaze Recipe – Razzle Dazzle Recipes
  47. Chicken Drumsticks with Apple Stout Barbecue Sauce – Taste Book
  48. Beer Battered Asparagus – Epicurious
  49. Beer Steamed Crabs – Saveur
  50. Beer Pancakes – All Recipes
  51. Beer Steamed Clams with Bacon and Tomatoes – Steamy Kitchen
  52. Guinness Corned Beef with Cabbage – Steamy Kitchen
  53. Chocolate Covered Beer Marshmallows – How Sweet It Is
  54. Mac and Beer Cheese Cups – Betty Crocker
  55. Belgian Meatballs Braised In Beer Recipe – Recipe Ideas
  56. Beer Braised Pork Tacos – Diets in Review
  57. Baja Fish Tacos – Average Betty
  58. Beer Battered Walleye – Happy Day Lodge
  59. Vegan Fried Green Beer Tomatoes – One Green Planet
  60. Beer Batter Deep Fried Chicken – Southern Fried Chicken
  61. Beer and Caraway Seed Mustard – Chow.com
  62. Golden Beer Cupcakes, with Beer & Bacon Frosting – 1 Fine Cookie
  63. Spicy Beer Battered Fried Shrimp & Sweet Red Remoulade Sauce – Black and Married with Children
  64. Beer Ice Cream – LA Times
  65. Spice Cake – Italian Dessert Recipes
  66. Orange Zest Pancakes Spiked with Beer – TreeHugger
  67. Beer Braised Chicken – Marcus Samuelsson
  68. Warm Potato Salad with Beer Dressing – What’s Cooking America
  69. Jalapeno Beer Baklava – Celebration Generation
  70. Beer Barbecue Sauce and Marinade – Robbie’s Recipes
  71. Beer Cheese Cupcakes with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting – Cupcake Project
  72. Beer Battered Deep Fried Egg Plant – Ashbury’s Aubergines
  73. Beer Braised Meatballs and Spaghetti – Cully’s Kitchen
  74. Black and Tan Beer Caramel – My Man’s Belly
  75. Beer Brat Pasta – National Pasta Association
  76. Fried Pork Belly with Beer – Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes
  77. Beer Scalloped Potatoes – Oprah.com
  78. Pepperjack Beer Battered Mushroom – Life’s Ambrosia
  79. Beer Battered String Beans – Hostess with the Mostess
  80. Best Chili – Moms who Think
  81. Whole Grain Beer Bread – Peanut Butter Boy
  82. Stuffed Pork Chops with Beer Glazed Onions – Pork – Be Inspired
  83. Beer Crust Pizza – King Arthur Flour
  84. Beer Marinaded Asian Baby Back Ribs – Draft Magazine
  85. Beer Battered Apples – Inspired Taste
  86. Baked Ham and Beer – Spark People
  87. Beer Braised Beef Stew with Brussels Sprouts – Whole Foods
  88. Baked Beans with Beer and Bacon – Babble.com
  89. Beer Pot Pie – Mama Knows
  90. Coconut Beer Shrimp – Recipes Wiki
  91. The Lady and Sons Beer Battered Fried Shrimp – Paula Dean
  92. Beer Roasted Chicken – Finest Chef
  93. Beer Cheese Potato Gratin – Beer Bity
  94. Beer French Toast – Beer Bity
  95. Grilled Beer and Honey Chicken with Barley and Lentil Salad – Granny’s
  96. Beer Popsicle – Wonder How To?
  97. Skirt Steak with Mexican Beer Marinade – Man Tested Recipes
  98. Salted Beer Caramels – CraftBeer.com
  99. Kielbasa in Maple and Beer – Disney Family.com
  100. Double Chocolate Stout Beer Brownies – 52 Cakes
  101. Beer Battered Fish Sandwich – Life’s Ambrosia

Was this post helpful? Get news and updates in your in-box.

Delivered by FeedBurner


4 Comments on “101 Ways to Cook With Beer

  1. I read your recipes about cooking with beer. I had a moose roast to cook and did not know how I was going to do it. I read a beer recipe for roast beef using lots of onions and garlic. I thought that would work great to moose also. I followed the beef recipe but used the slow cooker instead of the oven. My next meal will be to try the beer can chicken. I have heard a lot about it and now will give it a try. Thanks for the recipes. It is a great idea to use beer.

  2. What a great resource! As a huge fan of craft beer I’m always looking for ways to incorporate beer into my recipes… unfortunately I am not the most creative cook so these recipes will come in handy. I recently tried Dogfish Head’s Saison du Buff, brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, & thyme… it was so herbal that I didn’t really enjoy it on it’s own but I am very interested in trying to cook with it. I think a marinade or brine would be perfect!


  3. Lots of great ideas here. I particularly like the sound of the salted beer caramels – something very different indeed.

    • I would never have thought to use beer in desserts or candies before I made this list. There really are a lot of unique ideas here.
      Thanks for the comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *