Easy Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

Lastest Updated April 21, 2024
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What is your favorite Mexican dish? Mine is Baja fish tacos. Not only is it simple to make at home, but these tacos are also packed with flavors and textures that can satisfy your Mexican food strike in no time.

Trust me! You do not have to be a professional chef to prepare Baja fish tacos. With some ingredients, tools, and approximately 45 minutes, you can whip up a batch of hand-sized tacos stuffed with flavorful fillings and, of course, filled with love.

So grab your stuff and get ready to wow others with these delicacies!

The Overview Of Baja Fish Taco

Baja fish taco is a Mexican dish originating in the Baja California Peninsula in Northwest Mexico. It is also a beloved and popular delicacy in San Diego, California, which borders Mexico. And like any Mexican dish, it is rich in flavors and very tasty.

Baja Fish Tacos is a corn or wheat tortilla that wraps crispy fried pieces of white fish and fresh vegetables and is topped with creamy taco sauce and squeezed with plenty of lime juice.

The best fish varieties to use for this taco is whitefish fillets, which have a milder flavor than other types of fish and cook quickly. The fillet is first marinated with spices and beer and then fried, resulting in tender and flavourful fish tacos.

Baja Fish Tacos is such a delicious dish that it will quickly turn a family lunch or dinner into a little family celebration!

Here is an easy-to-follow guide for home-making of this delicious Baja Fish Tacos recipe.

What You Need To Prepare Baja Fish Tacos

Before getting into the section about ingredients, let’s prepare some familiar kitchen tools to make these folded treats.

  • Stovetop pan: Go with the large size so you can fry a big batch of fish
  • Two bowls: In the two bowls, you will prepare the marinade for the fish and the white sauce for the tacos using a kitchen whisk.
  • Kitchen whisk: To combine ingredients together
  • Kitchen grater: To cut and grate vegetables into small and uniform pieces
  • Cutting board: To place and cut ingredients on it
  • Knife: It is a must-have tool to cut, chop, dice food. It should be sharp to do the job with minimal effort.
  • Garlic press (optional): This kitchen tool is a time-saver in mincing garlic. But if you do not have it, you can still use a knife to mince the garlic or use a mortar.
What You Need To Prepare Baja Fish Tacos

Ingredients Used For Baja Fish Tacos

Here are some essential components to make this fish taco. Obviously, the main stars here are tortillas and fish.

For Taco Shells

  • Tortillas: You can use either corn or wheat tortillas, depending on your preference.

For Fried Fish

For Fried Fish
For Fried Fish
  • Fish: Any kind of white fish is suitable for this recipe. I use fillets of cod, but snapper, halibut, mahi-mahi, flounder, grouper, tilapia, etc., are also ideal.
  • Beer: It works excellently in moderating the internal temperature of the fish and making the crust crispier. Moreover, pick a light beer.
  • Spices: Use cayenne pepper, paprika, ground cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Flour: You will need some flour to thicken the marinade.
  • Garlic: Use fresh garlic cloves. They give a stronger flavor to the dish.
  • Oil suitable for frying: I use sunflower oil in this recipe, but canola oil or avocado oil are also suitable. Use a plate covered with kitchen paper to place the fried fish on it. The kitchen paper will absorb the excess oil.

For Creamy Taco Sauce:

For Creamy Taco Sauce
  • Sour cream: I use pure sour cream, but yogurt is not a bad option. If you decide to use yogurt, the sauce will be a little runnier.
  • Mayonnaise: You can use regular or low-fat mayo, based on your liking.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves are the top choice here.
  • Lime juice: Use fresh lime and squeeze to get juice
  • Spices: Salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce: Adobo sauce is best for this recipe. It is made from chili powder, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and herbs and gives a unique flavor to this Mexican dish.

Other Ingredients:

  • Vegetables: You can add to your fish tacos Pico de Gallo, Coleslaw, slices of avocado, or just shredded lettuce, which will increase the nutrients in the taco.
  • Seasoning: Sprinkle the tacos with fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, and lime juice.

Detailed Instruction On Making Baja Fish Tacos At Home

Preparing Creamy Taco Sauce

Preparing Creamy Taco Sauce

Mix well all the ingredients for the sauce in a second bowl. Of course, you will need to whisk to blend everything together. If you want the sauce to be hotter, you can add more Adobo sauce or another hot sauce of your choice.

Vegetables For Tacos

Vegetables For Tacos

Prepare your preferred combination of vegetables. Suitable for fish tacos are Pico de Gallo, coleslaw, shredded lettuce, and avocado slices.

For this recipe, the vegetables I choose to add are a salad of shredded purple cabbage, finely chopped tomatoes, onions, and parsley, dressed with lime juice and olive oil, and some slices of avocado.

Preparing Tortillas

Preparing Tortillas

You need to heat tortillas at medium-high heat and cook for 1-2 minutes on either side until browned.

Assembling Baja Fish Tacos

After you prepare all components, it is time to assemble them with a few straightforward steps.

Step 1: Fill Taco Shells

Fill Taco Shells

Assemble the fish tacos by first spreading the creamy sauce on each tortilla, then spread out the vegetables, and add the fish to the tortilla and the avocado slices.

Drizzle with the sauce again and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Step 2: Fold Tacos And Enjoy!

Fold Tacos And Enjoy

Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over the top for the most authentic tas

More Tips For Frying Fish To Perfection

If you want your frying fish to come out perfectly cooked and browned, here are some tips that I think everyone should apply.

  • Use enough oil as long as the fish submerges thoroughly.
  • Cut the fish into uniform-sized and thick strips (about 3×1/2-inch pieces)
  • Fish pieces must be coated evenly with batter.
  • Do not overcrowd fish strips in your pan. Work in batches so the fish can be completely cooked and crispy.
  • If possible, opt for a cooking thermometer to check the heated oil temperature. The ideal temp is 350 F degrees.
  • Do not use olive oil as it can be burnt quickly.
Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

These Baja fish tacos are filled with crispy and flavorful fried fish, fresh veggies, avocado, and a creamy taco sauce. It is such an awesome combination of flavors that is totally worth trying!
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 425kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 – 10 corn or wheat tortillas

Fried Fish:

  • 1 kg cod fillet
  • 120 ml light beer
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 0.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Creamy Taco Sauce:

  • 0.3 cup sour cream
  • 0.25 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Some hot sauce
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Vegetables:

  • Vegetables of your choice to make Pico de Gallo or Coleslaw or other combination.
  • Suitable vegetables are cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, and onion.
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 limes
  • A handful of fresh parsley and cilantro for sprinkling

Instructions 

For Frying Fish

  • Cut cod fillet into smaller strips (around 3-1/2-inch pieces).
  • Mix batter ingredients, including flour, spices, garlic, and beer, and use a whisk to blend them together.
    For Fried Fish
  • Dip fish pieces into the batter thoroughly and evenly.
    For Fried Fish
  • To fry them, first, let’s heat the oil over medium-high heat on a stovetop.
  • Once heated, drop seasoned cod into a pan and fry each side for 2 or 3 minutes until golden brown and crispy outside and opaque inside.
  • Then transfer fried fish to a plate lined with oil-absorbing kitchen paper so it can absorb the excess oil.

For Taco Sauce

  • Use another bowl to mix sauce ingredients with a kitchen whisk.
    Preparing Creamy Taco Sauce
  • If you want to increase the heat of your sauce, you can add more Adobo sauce or your favorite sauce.
  • Set aside

For Vegetables

  • Use any vegetables you like, but recommended ones are purple cabbage, tomatoes, onions, avocado, parsley, and cilantro.
    Vegetables For Tacos
  • Shredd, chop, or cut them into small pieces

For Taco Shells

  • Heat tortillas at medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until it turns slightly brown.
    Preparing Tortillas

Assembling Fish Tacos

  • Start by spreading creamy sauce on one tortilla side.
  • Spread out the vegetables, add fish pieces, and a few avocado slices.
    Fill Taco Shells
  • Drizzle the sauce over the filling and sprinkle some chopped parsley and cilantro.
  • Fold tacos and serve them with lime wedges so you can squeeze lime juice over the top.
    Fold Tacos And Enjoy
  • Enjoy while they are still hot.

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Notes

  • Corn or wheat tortillas are suitable for this recipe
  • Use light beer to make the batter
  • The best oils for frying are sunflower, canola, or avocado oil.
  • You can use yogurt in place of sour cream. However, the sauce texture might be a bit runnier.
  • The ideal heated oil for frying fish is 350 F degrees.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 432IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2mg

Roll Your Sleeves Up And Make These Amazing Tacos!

If you are looking for a simple yet tasty lunch or light dinner, Baja fish tacos are perfect, especially if you are a big fan of Mexican cuisine.

I guarantee that you will not need any special skills to make them. So let’s try them this weekend and see how they will turn out. I’d love to hear about your experience with these small treats.

Do not forget to click like or share if you find it useful for your near future party or cookout. Thank you, and hope to see you in the next recipes!

Mia Dimitrova

Mia Dimitrova

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Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

  • Program: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Focus: Captured the soul of Bulgarian and European dishes, emphasizing the interrelation between visual appeal and culinary history.
    Completed a thesis titled “Bulgaria on a Plate: A Photographic Journey through our Gastronomic Legacy.”

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  • Focus: Gained expertise in presenting dishes from Bulgaria and beyond, understanding the intricacies of European culinary aesthetics.

Maria Dimitrova, or Mia, is a Contributing Writer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Her work beautifully intertwines the rich flavors of Bulgarian and European dishes with their visual storytelling, capturing the soul of each cuisine. Through engaging content and stunning photography, Maria explores the intricate relationship between food’s aesthetic appeal and cultural history.

Specializing in home cooking, food styling, and photography, she brings European culinary traditions to life, offering a unique glimpse into Bulgaria’s gastronomic heritage. Maria’s expertise highlights her deep appreciation for culinary art and invites her audience to embark on a flavorful journey through Europe’s diverse food landscape.

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