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Baja Fish Tacos recipe: beer-battered white fish is nestled inside a warm tortilla with a chipotle lime crema for an island-inspired recipe that will make you feel like you’re on vacation! These tacos are the perfect late summer dinner.

Baja Fish Tacos recipe: beer-battered white fish is nestled inside a warm tortilla with a chipotle lime crema for an island-inspired recipe that will make you feel like you’re on vacation! These tacos are the perfect late summer dinner.If there was a taco that I would always pick 100% of the time it would be Baja Fish Tacos. Hands down. Always! Especially at the beach while on vacation. Which I never am anymore…because, pandemics. Am I right?

Close-up photo of beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe:

This meal though! These Baja fish tacos. Yessss. Why is food like this so good? I can hardly even handle it. Put the entire world in a taco, please.

I came up with this recipe after having Baja fish tacos from or favorite Mexican restaurant here in Rochester, Old Pueblo Grill. It is the closest  recipe to authentic I have found.

The completed beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos plated with the fish sauce crema on top ready to be enjoyed.Ingredients needed to make the beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe: Here’s how it’s going down:

The base is a beer-battered tilapia. Which I LOVE. It doesn’t need anything in my opinion, even to go on tacos. You can even use Ginger Ale in place of the beer if you don’t prefer to use alcohol.

Mixing the dry ingredients for the beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe.Mixing the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients for the beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe.The dry ingredients combined with the wet ingredients for the beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe.

Beer battered is one of my favorite ways to prepare seafood, specifically fish, because even though it’s fried, it’s a fairly light coating. It’s nothing like food that you get our of a deep fryer. That type of food all just ends up tasting like whatever has been in the fryer before it. Um, no thank you.

Breading the cod fish for the beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe.Dipping the cod fish in the beer batter for the beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe.

The fish sauce/chipotle lime crema for this recipe is homemade and creamy and perfect. It is sour cream-based with fresh lime juice and a little added spice without being overwhelmingly spicy. Drizzle it on top of your Baja fish tacos. It is an absolute flava bomb. Sounds like a dream, right?

The finished beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos plated.

Serve these Baja Fish Tacos with few hundred salty tortilla chips and Homemade Ultimate Guacamole? Not saying no to an excuse to do that, ever. I will also take any excuse to have a Pink Lemonade Margarita. Nothing new. My Homemade Refried Beans would also be a fabulous choice.

Make these Baja Fish Tacos and you’ve officially arrived! Dinner is golden. To say we devoured them would the understatement of the century.

The finished beer-battered Baja Fish Tacos plated with the fish sauce crema on top.

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Baja Fish Tacos
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4-6
 
Baja Fish Tacos recipe: beer-battered white fish is nestled inside a warm tortilla with a chipotle lime crema for an island-inspired recipe that will make you feel like you’re on vacation!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fresh or frozen firm whitefish such as tilapia, cod or red snapper
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup beer **see tip at bottom
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • Flour or corn Tortillas
Toppings:
  • Red cabbage or cabbage slaw mix
  • Avocados
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • Lime wedges
Fish Sauce/Crema:
  • 1 cup sour cream, regular, light or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Sriracha or hot sauce to taste, optional
Instructions
  1. Thaw fish if frozen, rinse and pat dry with paper towel
  2. To make the batter, in a medium mixing bowl, combine ¾ cup flour, cornstarch, paprika and baking powder
  3. Add beer and egg and stir until batter is combined well, but a bit lumpy still
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and place a sheet pan inside to warm
  5. In a large skillet, heat 1 inch of oil for frying to 375 degrees F
  6. Add remaining ¾ cup flour to a shallow dish
  7. Dip fish in flour, shake off excess
  8. Dip into batter and fry, 4-5 pieces at a time, depending on the size of your skillet for 2-4 minutes or until crispy and golden
  9. Drain on paper towel, place on sheet pan in oven to keep warm
  10. Fry remaining fish
  11. Serve 1-2 pieces of fish on tortillas with fish taco sauce and toppings of your choice
Fish Sauce/Crema:
  1. Whisk together all ingredients in medium bowl until well combined
  2. Store in covered jar in refrigerator
  3. Chill at least 2 hours before serving
  4. Serve crema with Fish Tacos
  5. **!Tip:
  6. You can substitute Ginger Ale for the beer

Beer-Battered Baja Fish Tacos recipe: white fish inside a warm tortilla with a chipotle lime crema for an island-inspired recipe that will make you feel like you’re on vacation!

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