Baja Fried-Fish Tacos

Serve crispy-battered fish in a corn tortilla and pinnacle with cilantro slaw and a homemade tartar sauce.

Baja Fried-Fish Tacos
Baja Fried-Fish Tacos


 1 cup dark beer

 1 cup all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned firm, white-fleshed fish such as Pacific cod or tilapia 

Vegetable oil

 12 to 16 corn tortillas, warmed*

 Cabbage and Cilantro Slaw

Chipotle Tartar Sauce

 Lime wedges

How to Make It

In a bowl, whisk beer, flour, and salt until well blended.

Rinse fish and pat dry; cut crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips.

Pour about 1 inch of oil into a 10- to 12-inch dutch oven over medium-high heat; bring oil to 360°. With a fork, dip each piece of fish into beer batter; lift out and let drain briefly. Slide fish into oil, a few pieces at a time, and cook until golden (adjust heat to maintain 360°), turning if necessary to brown on all sides, 2 to 4 minutes per batch. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200° oven while you fry remaining fish.

To assemble each taco, stack two tortillas and top with a couple of pieces of fish, then a spoonful of cabbage and cilantro slaw. Serve with the chipotle tartar sauce to add to taste and lime wedges to squeeze over the top.

*To heat tortillas, wrap in foil and place in a steamer basket over boiling water, or microwave in a kitchen towel about 1 minute. Or, for a smoky char, toast directly on the stovetop burner, turning often.

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