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Beer battered fish tacos on a round silver platter. There is a small bowl of pico to the side.
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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.  
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Time for oil to heat10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 393kcal


  • food thermometer
  • skillet


Beer Battered Fish

  • 4 filets firm white fish see notes
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup of mexican beer
  • peanut or canola oil

White Sauce

Red Salsa

    Taco Fixins'

    • 8 warm corn tortillas
    • 2 cups shredded cabbage
    • cilantro
    • limes
    • red salsa


    Beer Battered Fish

    • Combine 1 cup flour, baking soda, egg, garlic salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.  Add beer. Whisk until combined.
    • Dust each piece of fish using the ½ flour. Dip in batter and make sure fish is completely coated.
    • Heat oil to 375 degrees. Deep fry fish for a few minutes on each side - until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.

    White Sauce

    • Combine yogurt and mayo in a small bowl and stir to combine.

    Taco Assembly

    • Assemble tacos by layering white sauce, fish, cabbage, and red salsa in a corn tortilla. Serve with lime and cilantro.



    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 or high sided saute fan for frying. You need enough room to safely cook with about an inch of oil.
    Can I use something besides beer for this recipe?
    Yes - for beer battered fish tacos without beer 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.
    Why is beer used in fish taco recipes?
    Using beer batter for making fried fish keeps the outer crust light, crisp and airy, rather than doughy. The natural sugars in beer also help create that crispy golden-brown color of the beer battered fish. 
    Fresh vs Frozen Fish: If fresh fish 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.
    How to Heat Corn Tortillas: There are a few ways to heat corn tortillas:
    • On a skillet: Heat a dry skillet on the stovetop over medium to medium-high heat. Heat tortillas 30-60 seconds per side or until they warm and crisp.
    • On a gas burner: you can also heat them directly on your gas burner. This gives those nice charred edges.
    • Microwave: Another option is You can also heat your corn tortillas in a microwave or oven by wrapping your tortillas in a damp paper towel.


    Serving: 1taco | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg