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Baja fish tacos recipe.

Baja Fish Tacos

Teri & Jenny
The best Baja Fish Tacos you'll ever taste! Our batter produces the lightest, crispiest coating on each pieces of flaky fish. The best part is the crispy coating LASTS! So there's no need to worry about soggy fried fish as you fry up the whole batch! Served with a simple spicy crema, finely shredded cabbage and a squeeze of fresh lime juice for the most delectable taco experience!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine baja, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 695 kcal


baja sauce

  • 2/3 cup mexican crema
  • 3 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

beer battered fish

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 2 pounds cod fillets cut into 3" x 1" pieces
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • 2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • lime wedges for serving


baja sauce

  • Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
    Baja sauce on a bowl ready to be mixed.
  • Whisk together and set aside until ready to use.
    Baja sauce in a bowl mixed together.

beer battered fish

  • Preheat oil to 350˚F in a wide skillet with tall sides.
    Preheat oil to make fish tacos.
  • Season cod pieces with salt and pepper.
  • Place flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper together in a mixing bowl.
    Dry ingredients in a glass bowl.
  • Whisk dry ingredients together until smooth.
    Flour for baja fish tacos.
  • Add beer to flour mixture and whisk together until smooth.
    Baja fish taco batter.
  • Dip fish into batter until fully submerged, a couple pieces at a time.
    Baja fish tacos being dipped in batter.
  • Shake excess batter off each piece and carefully drop them into the hot oil. Fry fish for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil and place onto a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack . Season with salt and pepper.
    Freshly fried baja fish tacos.


  • Spread a couple spoonfuls of baja sauce in the center of each tortilla. Top with a couple pieces of fried fish. Top each taco with a small handful of shredded cabbage and a couple spoonfuls of pico de gallo. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
    Baja fish tacos recipe built.


Tips and Tricks for Baja Fish Taco Success

  • Don't skip out on the cornstarch in the batter. It really helps to get the fried batter super crispy around each piece of fish. It also helps the crispiest last, so you don't have to worry about the batter getting soggy while frying all the pieces up.
  • Transfer fried fish to a cooling rack that sits in a rimmed baking sheet. This will also greatly aide in the fried fish remaining crispy, while allowing any excess oil to drip onto the baking sheet.
  • Fry the fish in batches to prevent overcrowding and to maintain oil temperature.
  • Charring the tortillas aren't completely necessary, but we think it adds a nice, subtle smoky flavor to the overall tacos. We simply char the tortillas by placing them directly over the stovetop flames on each side for about 30 seconds.


  • Increase or decrease the amount of adobo sauce used in the crema to adjust the spiciness level based on personal preference.
  • Add a smear of guacamole or mashed avocado to the center of the tortillas, before adding the fried fish pieces to double the creamy goodness!
  • Use seltzer water instead of beer for the batter for a nonalcoholic version.
  • While we love using flour tortillas for our baja fish tacos, use corn tortillas, if that's your preference. They'll be just as delicious!
  • We love the unadulterated shredded cabbage for the crunch and balance it adds to the tacos, but you can also create a simple and delicious cabbage slaw by adding a little vinegar, pinch of sugar and chopped cilantro to the cabbage, tossing everything together and allowing the mixture to sit for about 30 minutes before using it in the tacos.

Make Ahead Instructions

While we don't recommend frying the fish ahead of time, you can definitely prep parts of the recipe ahead of time!
  • Make the baja sauce up to 3 days in advance. Store the sauce in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, until ready to use.
  • Shred the cabbage up to 2 days in advance. Store the shredded cabbage in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, until ready to use.
  • Make the Pico De Gallo up to 3 days in advance. Store the pico in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, until ready to use.


Calories: 695kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 51gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 4294mgPotassium: 1190mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 607IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 209mgIron: 5mg
Keyword fish, seafood, tacos
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