Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

The image below was taken by my good friend Kristen of Dine and Dish. She loved these fish tacos 🙂

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 40 min + marinating time

Cook Time: 15 min

Beer Battered Fish Tacos w/ 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.


1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded & diced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 pound firm white fish fillet, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 (12 ounce) bottle Mexican beer
1 Tablespoon Mexican seasoning
vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Mexican beer
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
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 red onion, cut into strips


1. Prepare Baja Sauce: Combine all ingredients; stir well. Refrigerate until ready for use.

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

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

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

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

6. 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.



  1. postedJun 9, 2015 3:14 PM

    Do you have specific amounts to make Mexican seasoning. It just sounds like chili powder to me.

  2. postedApr 10, 2015 9:19 PM
    Debi Welch

    What are you calling mexican seasoning? Combination of… ?

    • postedApr 13, 2015 7:31 PM

      Mexican seasoning = chili pepper, garlic, onion and cumin… or you can use mexican oregano.

  3. postedSep 17, 2014 7:24 PM

    What kind of hot sauce?

    • postedSep 21, 2014 12:08 PM

      You can use tabasco or something similar.

  4. postedJul 23, 2014 4:54 AM

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

  5. postedDec 7, 2012 7:43 AM

    Oooh, the beer. Me likey!

  6. postedApr 30, 2012 6:55 PM
    Gina Benedetti

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

  7. postedApr 30, 2012 5:40 PM

    Whoa. Those look SO good. Need!

  8. postedDec 24, 2011 5:03 PM

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

  9. postedJan 3, 2011 3:53 PM

    I’ll give this one a try. Check out the fish taco recipe on my site and let me know what you think.

  10. postedDec 19, 2010 9:35 AM

    Made these last night and they were so good!

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