Crispy Perfection: Homemade Long John Silver’s Batter Recipe

Transport yourself to the seaside with the iconic taste of Long John Silver’s, right in the comfort of your kitchen. This crispy and flavorful batter recipe is the key to recreating the magic of classic seafood fare. Whether it’s fish fillets, shrimp, or your favorite catch, this batter will elevate your seafood to a new level of deliciousness. Let’s embark on a culinary journey to replicate the crispy perfection of Long John Silver’s right at home!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cold water

How To Make:

Mix Dry Ingredients:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Mix well to evenly distribute the spices.

Add Water:

  1. Gradually add the cold water to the dry ingredients while whisking. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.

Rest the Batter:

  1. Let the batter rest for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the ingredients to fully hydrate and the flavors to meld.

Coat Seafood:

  1. Dip your seafood of choice (such as fish fillets, shrimp, or other seafood) into the batter, ensuring they are well coated.


  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a deep skillet to around 350°F (175°C).
  2. Carefully place the battered seafood into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy. This usually takes a few minutes, depending on the thickness of the seafood.

Drain and Serve:

  1. Once the seafood is cooked to a crispy golden brown, remove it from the oil using a slotted spoon and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.


  1. Serve your delicious homemade Long John Silver’s-style battered seafood with your favorite dipping sauces and sides.

Enjoy the taste of classic seafood fare right in your own kitchen! Savor the crispy perfection of your homemade Long John Silver’s-style battered seafood. Whether enjoyed as a delightful snack or the centerpiece of a seafood feast, this recipe brings the coastal flavors to your table. Share the joy of classic seafood with family and friends, and relish the satisfaction of mastering this iconic batter in your own kitchen.

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