Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

These Beer Battered Fish Tacos have a delicious creamy Baja Sauce drizzled on top.

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

Fish tacos are a lot more popular than they used to be.  I began eating them back in the mid-eighties when my friends and I would spend our spring breaks in Mexico.  Some San Diego guys brought the fish taco to San Diego and opened “Rubio’s Fish Tacos.”  The idea caught on to other restaurants and now they are quite popular all over the United States too.  They are my favorite taco to order in a good Mexican restaurant! Now we can all make them at home.

Frying fish for Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Classic fish tacos are made with battered, fried white fish.  This recipe uses a traditional beer batter.

Ingredients for Beer Battered Fish Tacos

The best way to make them is to add the fried fish to a warmed corn tortilla, squeeze lime on the fish and top it with cabbage, red onion, shredded cheese and a traditional creamy Baja sauce.  Sometimes I add a little guacamole to mine too.

Adding Baja Sauce to Beer Battered Fish Tacos

The Baja sauce is homemade.  It’s made from sour cream, mayo, spices, jalapeño, lime and cilantro.  Don’ skip it.  It’s an essential part of these tacos, and plain old sour cream is not a good substitute!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

These tacos are a bit of a process to make.  I wouldn’t call them a “quick and easy” recipe, but they’re so delicious that I’d definitely consider putting in the time to make them.  The list of ingredients might seem a bit daunting.  But most of the things on the list are spices that you already have in your spice cupboard, so don’t let that scare you either!  

What’s the best kind of beer to use for Beer Battered Fish Tacos?

Use your favorite Mexican beer for this recipe.  I like to use either Corona or Dos Equis.

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

What’s the best kind of fish to use for making fish tacos?

Tilapia, snapper, mahi mahi, grouper, flounder, halibut and cod are all good white fish fillets that you can use for making fish tacos.  Tilapia will be the most inexpensive choice.  It’s also a little harder to work with because it’s not quite as firm, and it falls apart more easily.  Mahi mahi and halibut are my personal favorites to work with for fish tacos.  They’re more expensive, but they’re worth it!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Let me know if you try these and you’ve become a fish taco fan like me!

Here are a few more recipes using beer:

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

We're a SoCal family and we love our fish tacos. This version is the classic Southern California fish taco. If you haven't tried them, you simply must.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beer battered fish tacos, fish tacos
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 tacos
Calories 333 kcal

Ingredients

BAJA SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded & diced
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

FISH MARINADE & OIL:

  • 16 ounces firm white fish fillet, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces Mexican beer
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil

BEER BATTER:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup Mexican beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

FOR SERVING:

  • 12 fresh corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 medium lime, cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup shredded queso blanco or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 medium red onion, cut into strips

Instructions

PREPARE BAJA SAUCE:

  1. Combine all ingredients; stir well. Refrigerate until ready for use.

MARINATE THE FISH:

  1. Place fish in a heavy-duty large plastic ziploc bag. Combine bottle of beer and seasonings in a bowl. Pour into a ziploc bag with the fish; seal and chill 2 to 3 hours.

HEAT THE OIL:

  1. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2-inches in a deep skillet or Dutch oven. Heat the oil to 360° F.

PREPARE THE BEER BATTER:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Whisk in 1 cup beer and hot sauce. Drain the fish, discarding the marinade. Coat the fish in batter.

  2. Cook the fish in batches about 4 minutes, or until done. Drain on paper towels.

  3. Place 2 to 3 pieces of fish on each tortilla. Squeeze lime wedges over fish; top with remaining ingredients. Drizzle with Baja sauce and serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Suggested white fish to use for fish tacos:  tilapia, snapper, mahi mahi, grouper, flounder, halibut or cod.
Nutrition Facts
Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 489mg21%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Jill wrote:

    These are the best fish tacos you will ever have! Make these!

  • Elle wrote:

    Oooh, the beer. Me likey!

  • Gina Benedetti wrote:

    What’s your secret? Last time I tried to make battered fish, it kept falling apart into flakey little pieces after hitting the oil.

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen wrote:

    Whoa. Those look SO good. Need!

  • Kristen wrote:

    Making these for the 100th time tonight. Still our favorite!

  • Kristen wrote:

    Made these last night and they were so good!