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Crispy Baja Fish Tacos (Video)

These crispy fried Baja Fish Tacos BETTER than any restaurant!!! They are cocooned in a warm corn tortilla garnished with crunchy cabbage, fresh pico de gallo, and creamy white sauce all finished with tangy lime.  You will be obsessed with these fish tacos and they are easier than you think with a ONE STEP BATTER!   
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 -15 tacos

Ingredients

Fish Tacos

  • 1 1/2 lbs. halibut, mahi mahi or other firm white fish
  • 15 small corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil

Fish Taco Batter

Garnish

  • shredded cabbage
  • Avocados
  • salsa
  • lime juice
  • hot sauce

Pic de Gallo

  • 4 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt to taste

White Sauce

Instructions

White Sauce

  • Whisk the White Sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Pico de Gallo

  • Combine the Pico de Gallo ingredients together in a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Tortillas (Microwave or Pan Fry)

  • MICROWAVE: Heat tortillas in the microwave by placing 2 tortillas between two slightly dampened paper towels and microwaving for 40 seconds. Place warmed tortillas on a plate with a paper towel in between and cover with a towel. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  • PAN FRY: Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a seasoned skillet over medium heat. Add tortilla and cook until its golden and starts to brown in spots, about 20 seconds, then flip and cook until other side is golden. The tortilla should still be soft and pliable, not crispy.
  • Place warmed tortillas on a plate with a paper towel in between and cover with a towel. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, adding additional oil as needed after every couple tortillas.

Fish

  • Mix all the batter ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Slice fish into strips approximately 3/4” wide x 4" long (they don't have to be exact - error on the side of thinner). Pat fish very dry and add all of the fish to the batter and gently stir to coat.
  • Fill a 12-inch pan with about 1 inch deep oil and heat to 375 degrees F.
  • Working in batches, fry fish until golden, flipping halfway through. Place on paper towels.

Assemble

  • Add fish to tortillas (I use 2 strips per taco) and top with shredded cabbage, Pico de Gallo, freshly squeezed lime juice and White Sauce. Drizzle with hot sauce/salsa to taste and garnish with avocados if desired.

Notes

Don't miss the "how to make" recipe video at the top of the post!