Baja Fish Tacos


Most people do Friday night pizza, and while we tried that for a while at our house, we have since went old school and went back to fish Fridays. When I was a kid, we always did fish on Fridays, not because of religious reasons, but more because it was a tradition in my father’s family. It also gave us something to look forward to at the end of the week, and it was a guarantee of a healthy dinner. If we didn’t have the cash to get to the seafood market for fresh saltwater fish, we just went fishing in the backyard for catfish or brim. We usually enjoyed fried mullet, broiled snapper, fried catfish or brim. These days I am always looking for new fish recipes. I have heard of fish tacos for years, but have never had them. When I saw this recipe on Average Betty’s site, I just had to give them a try.  I used tilapia fillets, because that’s what the fish guy recommended, but when I do these again, I’ll use mahi-mahi (what Average Betty recommended) or grouper. The tialpia fillets were almost too bland, especially after having discovered how to cook whole tilapia. Now I will not eat tilapia again unless it’s cooked whole, on the bone.

This recipe adapted very closely from Average Betty’s Baja Fish Tacos. You should also go look at her recipe, she also has a hilarious cooking video to accompany this recipe.

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Yield: Serves 4

Baja Fish Tacos

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For the Cabbage
1/2 small red or green cabbage, thinly shredded
the juice of 1/2 a lime
a pinch of kosher salt
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

For the Salsa
1 avocado, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
the juice from 1/2 a lime
a pinch of kosher salt
1 finely chopped jalapeno, optional

For the Sauce
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, grated
a dash of hot sauce

For the Fish
1 lb white fish, cubed (I used Tilapia)
3/4 cup AP flour
3/4 cup Mexican beer, I used Modelo Especial
1/2 teaspoon salt
vegetable or canola oil for frying
Small corn tortillas


For the Cabbage
Add all ingredients to a bow, mix well and set aside.

For the Salsa
Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix well set aside.

For the Sauce
Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix well set aside.

For the Fish
Preheat large skillet with about 1/2 - 1 inch deep in frying oil over high heat. Add flour, beer and salt to a large bowl. Mix well. Add fish and mix well to coat.
Add fish one piece at a time to hot oil. Brown on each side on high heat. Remove and place on paper towels to drain.

To Assemble
Warm corn tortillas in the microwave until soft and pliable. Take a tortilla, spread with sauce, then add fried fish, cabbage and salsa.

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  20 Responses to “Baja Fish Tacos”

  1. Angie's Recipes — November 7, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    Very delicious and healthy taco wraps!

  2. Lisa — November 7, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    @EclecticRecipes I love fish tacos and this look fresh and delicious even at 8am in the morning!

  3. I lived in San Diego for ten years and came to love fish tacos. They were always served with shreds of cabbage, and, always with a white sauce that was sort of like a thinned out mayo or Ranch dressing. They aren’t fancy food but there are so many flavors that mingle together in that tortilla.

    I agree with you – I think a firmer fish than tilapia will taste better next go around.

    Growing up, I was Catholic and that always meant fish on Friday. When we were lucky we went to this fish and chips place for carry out that wrapped everything in brown paper and the feather-light, crispy batter on those tender fillets was amazing. They would still be hot when my Dad would bring ’em home. Then you’d dip ’em into Tartar Sauce. Don’t even get me started. I was never into the vinegar. Never quite understood the point. But I’ve rarely had fish and chips as good as those in my adult years.

    Fish on Friday was supposed to be a sacrifice – but we never felt like we were sacrificing when we had fish and chips.

  4. marla {family fresh cooking} — November 7, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    Angie, these fish tacos are the perfect lunch or dinner. Great combo of ingredients & well balanced too 🙂

  5. Monet — November 8, 2010 @ 12:27 am

    We also ate fish at our house on Fridays. But these tacos look far better than what we had! Thanks for sharing. I know that Ryan and I will love to enjoy a plate of these next weekend!

  6. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — November 8, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Would you believe I’ve only had fish tacos once in my life. It was at a chain restaurant (won’t mention the name) and they just weren’t good. However, your recipe looks like a winner! I have to give these a try very soon!

  7. Dustin Baier — November 8, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    This looks like a great recipe. You should post it over at

  8. Amy from She Wears Many Hats — November 8, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Yummy! Fish tacos are one of our favorites.

    And a beautiful photo.

  9. averagebetty — November 8, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Angie! Your fish tacos look fabulous! I’m so honored that you tried my recipe. I make fish tacos all the time… they are my absolute favorite! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed them – they are great with grilled fish too 🙂

  10. Foodierama — November 8, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    Baja Fish Tacos #foodie

  11. LiveThruFood Blog — November 8, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    RT @Foodieramacom: Baja Fish Tacos #foodie

  12. Claudine — November 8, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

    I saw the beautiful photo of these tacos and right away I had to make them for dinner. I am so glad I did! My family absolutely loved them! I followed the recipe except I used mahi-mahi instead of a thinner fish. Itvworked out fine but I could tell a fish such as snapper or tilapia would be superb! Either way, this recipe is a keeper! Deeeeeelicious!

  13. Chef San Son — November 12, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    Baja Fish Tacos – #MexicanFood

  14. Myla — November 15, 2010 @ 2:06 am

    wow, great, I was wondering the same thing. and found your site by yahoo, many userful stuff here, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.

  15. Elle Pedersen — November 30, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
  16. the wicked noodle — July 21, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    I adore fish tacos! These look especially yummy!

  17. Fisherboy — December 19, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Fish tacos are fantastic! These look so light and delicious. A hint of jalapeno always works with fish. I bet this taco would be amazing with other types of fish like cod fish fillets. Yummm!!!

  18. Partay ov 7 — February 28, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Looks delish!! Putting it on the menu for tomorrow nights supper (Friday)

    PS. I entered for the camera!! 🙂

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