Citrus Beer Marinade

Citrus Beer MarinadeThis week on Cooking with Beer I was in the mood for something light and grabbed a few Sole fillets from the freezer. I find white fish a little bland… which is great for someone trying seafood for the first time but I wanted a dish that didn’t lack flavor.

Digging through old cookbooks laying around the house, I came up with a beauty Citrus IPA Beer Marinade to marinate my sole before cooking (sounds deep).

Marinating with Beer has most likely been around since the first batch of the golden drink was concocted. The alcohol in beer helps to tenderize meat by breaking down its proteins. The longer you leave the meat in the marinade the more tender it becomes.

For a light marinade stick to lighter beers such as IPAs or hefeweizens. They do not overpower the meat and work well in combination with citrus flavors. If you are looking for that hoppy, grainy, burnt wheat and oat flavor use darker beers in your marinade like Stouts, Ambers or Nut Ales.

I’m cooking fish and decided to keep it light. Let’s get started.

Citrus Beer Marinade



IPA Citrus Marinade

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 bottle of IPA (I’m using Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale)
  • 1/4 cup of butter (fish loves butter)
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic (Chopped or Minced)
  • Small bunch of Green Onions (Chopped)
  • 1 Orange, 1 Lime, 1 Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup of Teriyaki Sauce
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper

What to do:

Turn a large frying or saucepan to medium-high heat, add the butter, garlic and chopped onion and cook until translucent. Then add the bottle of beer, maple syrup, teriyaki sauce, and citrus juices to the pan. Season with a little sea salt and pepper and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and save until ready to marinate.

I’m using Sole fillets (a very light white fish) and will marinate for approximately 20 minutes. If you plan on using the IPA Citrus Marinade with beef, let marinate for approximately 90 minutes. If you are eating pork or chicken, let marinate for 45-60 minutes.

To cook the fish:

Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium-high and add a dab of butter to the surface. Depending on the thickness of the fillets cook each side for approximately 1.5 – 2 minutes or until done.

Serve with a side salad and some steamed vegetables.

Yours in health,


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