Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

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Baja Fish Tacos
Classic Beer Battered Baja Fish Tacos are my favorite! This original recipe is made in the true spirit of Baja, but I have been known to switch things up.

**UPDATE** For a lighter version, try the Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe.

Ingredients for Baja Fish Tacos:
1 pound whitefish cut into 2 inch pieces (Mahi Mahi)

Avocado Relish:
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup diced jalapeno
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced avocado
fresh lime
salt, pepper

White Sauce:
1 1/2 tbsp plain yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
fresh lime
dash hot sauce

Beer Batter:
3/4 cup beer (Dos Equis Amber)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup finely shredded cabbage
8 corn tortillas (or 16 if you like ’em doubled)
your favorite hot sauce
fresh lime wedges

Make the Avocado Relish:
Baja Fish Tacos
In a bowl combine tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, onion, avocado, fresh lime, black pepper and salt. Stir together. Set aside.

Make the White Sauce:
In another bowl combine yogurt, mayonnaise, a dash of hot sauce and a squeeze of lime. Stir together until smooth. Set aside.

Prepare the Fish:
Baja Fish Tacos
In a third bowl combine flour, salt and your favorite beer (or sparkling water if you don’t care to use beer). Stir together until smooth. Batter will have the consistency of thickish pancake batter. Add fish pieces to flour mixture. Coat thoroughly. Heat canola oil in a tall-sided heavy pot/pan over medium-high heat. Slowly add battered fish to oil and fry 3-6 minutes total. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Assemble the Fish Tacos:
Baja Fish Tacos
On a warmed (preferably a little charred) corn tortilla, spread the yogurt mixture. Add a few pieces of fish. Top with a sprinkling of cabbage. Serve with lime and avocado relish. Squeeze lime over cabbage and top with avocado relish. Makes 8 tacos.

Baja Fish Tacos
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Link to the Baja-ha Fish Tacos video.
Link to the accompanying Baja-ha Fish Tacos blog post.

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44 Responses to “Baja Fish Tacos Recipe”

  1. simon
    4/4/2008 at 6:51 am #

    that looks soooo stinkin good!!! i grew up with rubio’s fish tacos and that looks 100x BETTER!

  2. candyce
    4/8/2008 at 8:03 am #

    absolutely delicious-looking! i make these at home quite often, but i love how you used yogurt in your mayo mixture. I usually make mine with just mayo and valentina hot sauce, but will definitely add yogurt next time!
    great presentation too!

  3. Jessica Withers
    4/14/2008 at 5:55 pm #

    These were very very good. Thank you for the recipe. :-)

  4. Grannie Phyllis
    6/20/2008 at 8:19 pm #

    I don’t want to use beer in the recipe. What can I substitute for the beer?
    Thank you.

  5. Average Betty
    6/21/2008 at 8:01 am #

    Hi Grannie!

    Thanks for stopping by! Great question!

    I’ve never tried it, but I am willing to bet substituting a sparkling water should do the trick. The carbonation in the beer adds to the airiness of the batter… so the carbonation in the water should help to simulate that.

    If you give this a try, I’d love to know how they turn out!


  6. Mary
    3/27/2009 at 9:06 am #

    I used your recipe and made these tacos using cod instead of Mahi-Mahi. They were so tasty. Love the yogurt/mayo sauce . Thank you for the recipe…definitley a keeper!!!!

  7. Average Betty
    3/27/2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi Mary!
    Thanks for trying my fish tacos and commenting! I’m so glad you liked them! Bet the cod was fabulous :) Send me a picture next time you make them so I can put it on the homepage…

  8. taco recipe
    5/7/2009 at 7:30 am #

    Great recipe. I think this dish will be good also without beer/sparkling water. Just turn the fish around in a mix of flour, salt and pepper and fry in a lot of butter or good quality cooking oil. That is how I make “saithe beef” (here’s an explanation of how it is served)

  9. Maria
    5/23/2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Great recipe! Thanks for posting this recipe! What I loved about this recipe is that it didn’t call for eggs. Authentic baja tacos don’t include eggs in the batter. I made the tacos for dinner today using catfish and without the mayo spread and they tasted very, very good! My mom, sister, and nieces loved the tacos. The frying taste is evened out by all the fresh veggies and so the tacos don’t taste fattening at all.

    Thanks again! Great website….I recently discovered this site. = )

  10. Average Betty
    5/26/2009 at 9:20 am #

    Hi Maria! Thank you! I love to hear the changes you made – I bet the catfish was delicious! It’s such a joy for me to picture you following my recipe and serving it to your family. That is what it’s all about :)
    Send me a picture next time you try a recipe! I’ll put it on the homepage :)

  11. Linda
    11/19/2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Fish tacos are my choice at every Mexican restaurant, and this recipe looks exactly like what I’ve been looking for to try. Your instructions are terrific.

    Thank you for visiting my blog–I am really enjoying yours!

  12. The Lady Love
    12/21/2009 at 7:43 pm #

    OMG…sooooo tasty!!!
    Made it for dinner tonight. Used broiled talapia instead of fried mahi mahi and my family KILLED it. It was so flavorful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Joanna
    9/23/2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!! Best Fish Tacos Everrrrr!!!

  14. Earnest Bunbury
    3/22/2011 at 6:43 pm #

    We have a restaurant in town serving fish tacos and baja fish tacos. Since they don’t fry the fish but grill it, I wanted a real fish taco! To do it right one must do it himself.

  15. Matt Bluejay
    4/22/2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Gooooooood lord!! Best fish taco recipe on the web hands down!! The avocado relish is the bomb diggity. Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Letitia McDOnald
    7/11/2011 at 4:43 pm #

    These tacos were delicious. My husband loved them. Especially the Avocado relish. We don’t get baja fish tacos like these were we live in Nebraska.

    Thank you for the recipe

  17. Tony
    8/6/2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Loved the recipe its amazing

  18. Average Betty
    8/8/2011 at 9:08 am #

    YAY!!! Thanks, Tony :) Fish Tacos for everyone!!

  19. Average Betty
    8/12/2011 at 11:58 am #

    Thanks, Tony!!

  20. irma
    11/9/2011 at 10:40 am #

    mi receta es cerveza,harina,polvo de hornear,bicarbonato, gotas salsa magui,poquito oregano unas cuantas hojitas molidas en tus manos,knor suiza,y pimienta claro el secreto es que aqui en la baja california sur en lugar de aceite se frie en manteca de puerco (kuino) muy caliente y bastante espero y te guste.

  21. Lee
    12/10/2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Great recipe!

  22. wannabefoodie
    1/11/2012 at 11:43 am #

    this sounds like a great recipe. my son is allergic to eggs and wheat, and we don’t drink alcohol, so i’m going to make a few substitutions (rice flour for wheat flour, sparkling water for beer, maybe sour cream or greek yogurt in the sauce instead of mayo, which has eggs). i’ll let you know how it goes!

  23. Tali
    3/7/2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Made these tonight. My hubby didn’t want the fish fried so we grilled the fish but it was still yummy! Thanks for a great recipe that was easy to follow and delicious! We will be making this regularly :)
    BTW, hope you don’t mind, I went ahead and pinned this so I have easy access to the recipe:

  24. Average Betty
    3/8/2012 at 5:45 pm #

    So awesome to hear! Thanks, Tali!! And thanks for adding the recipe to Pinterest!

  25. Banana
    6/15/2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I can’t eat mayo–it makes me physically ill. What can I use as a substitute? Could I perhaps try using 3 cups of fat-free sour cream in lieu of the mayo and yogurt mixture?

  26. Average Betty
    6/16/2012 at 11:37 am #

    Sure, Banana… but I’d recommend using 3 Tablespoons not cups.

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  28. nalesniki przepis
    12/10/2015 at 4:13 pm #

    This looks the same as we may order in the restaurant.


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