Main Dish | September 23, 2016

Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat

fish tacos on plate with chips, bean dip, and limes.

I can still remember the first time I ate a fish taco.  It sounded terrible.  I was resistant to try it.  I was 14 years old, and I had traveled to San Diego, CA to visit my aunt.  She picked me up from the airport and insisted we stop at Rubio’s.  All I can say is that it was love at first bite.  Years later I moved to San Diego to attend college, and stayed in southern California for nearly 15 years.  Rubio’s was a staple.  My husband would pick it up every Saturday – and fish tacos were always my number one choice.  I have since moved to the Pacific Northwest and there isn’t a Rubio’s in a hundred mile radius.  So – I decided I had to recreate those delicious fish tacos.

An original fish taco is beer battered.  I was hesitant to include beer in my recipe, because I do not drink alcohol – but I know that the alcohol cooks off and I wanted the flavor to be really authentic.  If you want to sub club soda for the beer – that will work too.

fish taco ingredients- egg yolk, Corona brand beer, fish

For the fish you want to use a flakey white fish.  I believe Rubio’s uses Wahoo, but I went with Cod because it is readily available, but still has that flakey texture and mild flavor.

You are going to deep fry these babies after you batter them.  I used the Copper Chef frying basket and it worked beautifully.  If you didn’t catch Des’s post from yesterday – we are trying out the new Copper Chef pan.  I have been impressed by the versatility.  I have used this fry basket to steam veggies and to cook pasta (works as a built in colander).

fish being battered in bowl with mixture

Once your fish is all battered up – lower the filets into hot vegetable oil until golden.  Transfer to a paper towel to drain.

fish being submerged in oil and fried in pan

Copper Chef is offering a 20% off discount to our readers.  Check them out HERE and use code COPPER20 at checkout.  You really won’t be disappointed with all you can do with this pan.  You can bake in the over with it, saute, braise, steam, fry, and broil!  It conducts heat like a dream and looks stylish at the same time.  You can also buy the pan at Bed Bath and Beyond.

fish tacos on plate with chips and bean dip; salsa, limes, and Jarritos brand orange soda on the side

Another essential component of the fish taco is the white sauce!  And you are not going to believe how easy it is!  Plain yogurt and mayo.  That’s all it is.  Crazy that it adds that little bit of extra that makes the taco so phenomenal.

Beer battered fish, white sauce, red salsa, and shredded cabbage are a must.  Serve with a lime wedge and you’ll feel like you’re back in baja.

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Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Easy savory beer battered fish tacos

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer battered fish, easy fish tacos
Servings: 8
Calories: 711 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
Beer Battered Fish
  • 4 cod filets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup of mexican beer
White Sauce
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
Red Salsa
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of one lime
  • one bunch of cilantro
  • 1 large can of whole tomatoes partially drained
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
Taco Fixins'
  • Warm corn tortillas
  • shredded cabbage
  • cilantro
  • limes
Instructions
Beer Battered Fish
  1. To prepare batter combine all ingredients except fish and 1.2 cup flour, and whisk until smooth.
  2. Slice each cod filet in half and coat in 1/2 cup of flours and then in batter.
  3. Fry in vegetable oil that has been heated to 375 degrees. Fry until crisp and golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
White Sauce
  1. Combine yogurt and mayo in a small bowl and stir to combine.
Red Salsa
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until you have your desired consistency.
Taco Assembly
  1. Layer white sauce, salsa, fish, and cabbage inside of a warm corn tortilla. Serve with lime and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 711 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 1684mg 70%
Potassium 2182mg 62%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 85g 170%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Vitamin C 22.9%
Calcium 16.8%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Nutrition Facts
Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 711 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 1684mg 70%
Potassium 2182mg 62%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 85g 170%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Vitamin C 22.9%
Calcium 16.8%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I am making this recipe tomorrow for my husbands birthday party. We have a freezer full of fresh walleye caught just 2 days ago. I had no idea the white sauce was so easy and I hope mine turn out as good as yours look.


  2. This is the most delicious recipe! I made it last night for my family and every 10 minutes someone was saying how good it was! I owe don’t drink so I was a little worried about using alcohol so I just used non-alcoholic beer and it still tasted amazing!