Main Dish | May 4, 2019

Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat

Crispy, tender, and flavorful battered fish – topped with Baja white sauce, cabbage, and salsa.  These beer battered fish tacos will put your favorite restaurant tacos to shame.  

Battered fish tacos on a round platter. Garnished with limes and cilantro.

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.

What Will I Need To Make Beer Battered Fish Tacos?

  • firm white fish
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper
  • Mexican beer
  • oil for frying
  • plain yogurt
  • mayonaise
  • shredded cabbage
  • your favorite red salsa
  • corn tortillas
  • lime wedges

Battered fish taco ingredients.

What Kind Of Fish Do You Use For Beer Battered Tacos?

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.

Pro Tip:  If fresh is not available, choose frozen – it is frozen fresh and will give you the best flavor next to fresh from the market.  You can find frozen cod in the freezer section of your grocery store.

Battered fish tacos on a round platter. Garnished with limes and cilantro.

How Do I Make The Battered Fish?

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, egg, garlic salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.  Add beer.
  2. Whisk until combined.
  3. Dust each piece of fish with flour.
  4. Dip in batter and make sure it is completely coated.
  5. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  6. Deep fry fish for a few minutes on each side – until golden brown.
  7. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  8. Make white sauce but combining yogurt and mayonnaise – stirring until combined.  Set aside.
  9. Assemble tacos by layering white sauce, fish, cabbage, and red salsa in a corn tortilla.

Battered fish tacos process.

Baja Beer Battered Fish Taco Q&A

What kind of Oil Do You Use For Deep Frying?

Peanut oil and canola oil are ideal for use in deep fryers because of their high smoke points. You can also use avocado oil.

What kind of cookware do you use for frying?

You want to use a deep pot for frying.  I like to use my copper chef pan.  It comes with a basket – which makes it easy to pull the fish out when it is done frying.

Can I use something besides beer for this recipe?

Yes – you can sub club soda.

What do I serve with Baja fish tacos?

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. This also goes great with tortilla chips and Mexican beans.

Battered fish tacos on a round platter. Garnished with limes and cilantro.

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Battered fish tacos on a round platter. Garnished with limes and cilantro.
Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Crispy, tender, and flavorful battered fish - topped with Baja white sauce, cabbage, and salsa.  These beer battered fish tacos will put your favorite restaurant tacos to shame.  

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baja fish tacos, beer battered fish, easy fish tacos
Servings: 8
Calories: 746 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
    Taco Fixins'
    • 8 Warm corn tortillas
    • 2 cups shredded cabbage
    • cilantro
    • limes
    • red salsa
    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.
    Taco Assembly
    1. Layer white sauce, salsa, fish, and cabbage inside of a warm corn tortilla. Serve with lime and cilantro.
    Recipe Notes

    What Kind Of Fish Do You Use For Beer Battered Tacos?

    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.

    Pro Tip:  If fresh is not available, choose frozen - it is frozen fresh and will give you the best flavor next to fresh from the market.  You can find frozen cod in the freezer section of your grocery store.

    What kind of Oil Do You Use For Deep Frying?

    Peanut oil and canola oil are ideal for use in deep fryers because of their high smoke points. You can also use avocado oil.

    What kind of cookware do you use for frying?

    You want to use a deep pot for frying.  I like to use my copper chef pan.  It comes with a basket - which makes it easy to pull the fish out when it is done frying.

    Can I use something besides beer for this recipe?

    Yes - you can sub club soda.

    What do I serve with Baja fish tacos?

    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. This also goes great with tortilla chips and Mexican beans.

    Nutrition Facts
    Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat
    Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
    Calories 746 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Cholesterol 229mg76%
    Sodium 750mg33%
    Potassium 2093mg60%
    Carbohydrates 33g11%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 2g2%
    Protein 86g172%
    Vitamin A 275IU6%
    Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
    Calcium 172mg17%
    Iron 3.4mg19%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

    Nutrition Facts
    Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat
    Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
    Calories 746 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Cholesterol 229mg76%
    Sodium 750mg33%
    Potassium 2093mg60%
    Carbohydrates 33g11%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 2g2%
    Protein 86g172%
    Vitamin A 275IU6%
    Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
    Calcium 172mg17%
    Iron 3.4mg19%
    * 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!