Fish Tacos


These fish tacos taste just like home. I'm from San Diego, but we live in the South now, and nobody has heard of fish tacos here! Serve with homemade pico de gallo and lime wedges to squeeze on top.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


Beer Batter:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup beer

  • 1 egg

White Sauce:

  • ½ cup plain yogurt

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

  • 1 teaspoon minced capers

  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed

Fish Tacos:

  • 1 quart oil for frying

  • 1 pound cod fillets, cut into 2 to 3 ounce portions

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 1 (12 ounce) package corn tortillas

  • ½ medium head cabbage, finely shredded


  1. Make beer batter: Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Blend beer and egg in a separate bowl, then quickly stir into flour mixture until combined with a few lumps remaining.

  2. Make white sauce: Mix together yogurt and mayonnaise in a medium bowl. Gradually stir in fresh lime juice until consistency is slightly runny. Season with jalapeño, capers, cayenne, oregano, cumin, and dill.

  3. Start fish tacos: Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Dust fish pieces lightly with flour. Dip into beer batter, then fry in hot oil until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  5. Lightly fry tortillas in hot oil until just crisped, but not too crisp. Drain on paper towels.

  6. Place fried fish in tortillas; top with shredded cabbage and white sauce.

    high angle looking down at two fish tacos garnished with lime wedges
    dotdash meredith food studios

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

409 Calories
19g Fat
43g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 407mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 511mg 11%

* 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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