Crispy Fish Tacos

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I came up with this recipe because I love fish tacos and couldn't find any where I live that weren't overly breaded and kind of soggy. We love the crispiness and great flavor of this fish!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
12 tacos



  • vegetable oil for frying

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning mix

  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs

  • 6 cod fillets, quartered lengthwise


  • 1 (10 ounce) package corn tortillas

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

  • ½ head napa cabbage, shredded

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • ½ onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 avocado, sliced


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Beat eggs, milk, and taco seasoning together in a bowl using a whisk or a fork. Place panko bread crumbs in a separate bowl.

  3. Coat each piece of cod in egg batter, followed by bread crumbs.

  4. Place cod in hot oil and fry until golden brown and flaky, flipping halfway through if using a saucepan, 4 to 8 minutes, depending on size and fry method. Transfer to a platter covered with paper towels to drain. Keep warm.

  5. Warm tortillas in a microwave oven, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

  6. Divide fish evenly between tortillas. Top tacos evenly with sour cream; squeeze lime juice over each. Top each with cabbage, tomato, onion, bell pepper, and avocado, in that order. Squeeze additional lime juice over each taco and serve.

Cook's Notes:

I prefer to deep fry because it cooks more evenly. When pan frying, watch for burning and be careful of breakage.

The basic fish recipe makes a great fish stick by changing the taco seasoning out for salt/pepper/garlic or other favorite herbs and spices. For simple fish sticks, slice width-wise for best results.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

376 Calories
21g Fat
34g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 376
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 22mg 110%
Calcium 96mg 7%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 545mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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