BAJA STYLE FISH TACOS
- For the Beer Batter:
- Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually add in the beer while whisking. Set aside and let the batter rest for 15 minutes before using.
- For Cream Sauce:
- Add the mayonnaise and crema to a medium bowl. Whisk in the lemon zest, lemon juice and water. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper (can be made 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated).
- For the Fish:
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, add enough oil to reach a depth of 1-inch. Heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F or when the end of a wooden spoon sizzles when inserted into the oil.
- On a large plate, combine the flour and salt. Season the fish pieces all over with salt and pepper and coat with the flour. Working in batches, dip the fillets in the beer batter and coat on both sides. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
- Make tacos with the tortillas and fish and top each with cream, shredded cabbage, tomatillo salsa and pickled jalapenos, if desired.
- *Cook's Note: Crack open a cold Mexican cerveza like a Negra Modelo or a 2 Equis (XX) Amber to make this tasty beer batter, which will change the way you think about fried fish! You can use it for vegetables, too.
- **Cook's Note: Mexican Crema is Mexico's version of creme fraiche and is found at many supermarkets and can easily be substituted with sour cream.
BAJA-STYLE FISH TACOS
These fish tacos are a traditional Mexican dish that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser. A quick lime juice marinade for the cod provides a hint of citrus in each bite, and the beer batter is wonderfully crisp and light. Simple, rustic, delicious: it's everything you want from Mexican street food.
Provided by Gabriela Cámara
Yield 4 servings
Number Of Ingredients 18
- Marinate: Slice fish into 1-inch-thick pieces (about 2 ounces each). Place in a wide, shallow bowl and season with salt on all sides. Pour lime juice over the pieces and let rest while preparing the batter, 5-10 minutes.
- Make batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and beer until smooth. Whisk in baking powder, then add sambal, mustard, oregano, and salt, and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Dredge, batter, and deep-fry: Place flour on a plate. Add oil to a pot and set over medium heat. Secure a thermometer to the pot's side and heat oil to 375 F. Remove fish from marinade, one piece at a time, and dredge in flour on both sides. Then dip in the batter, coat well, and carefully place into the hot oil. Repeat with one or two more pieces, working in batches to avoid crowding the pot. Fry until the fish is evenly cooked and golden brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer fish to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Assembly: Warm tortillas on a comal or skillet over low heat. While tortillas are heating, mix together mayonnaise and crème fraîche in a small bowl. Place a warm tortilla on a plate, and spread a dollop of mayo-crème sauce down the middle. Place a piece of fish on top of the sauce, followed by another spoonful of sauce. Add cabbage, an avocado slice or two, then finish with a spoonful of pickled red onions. Repeat assembly with remaining ingredients and serve immediately.
BAJA FISH TACOS
Provided by Food Network Kitchen
Yield 4 servings
Number Of Ingredients 14
- Heat about 3 inches vegetable oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, toss the cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, honey and mayonnaise in a bowl. Season the slaw with salt.
- Warm the tortillas in a skillet over medium-low heat or wrap in a damp cloth and microwave 25 seconds. Wrap in a towel to keep warm.
- Mix the flour, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste in a shallow bowl. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture, then fry in batches until golden and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Season with salt.
- Halve, pit and slice the avocado. Fill the tortillas with the fish, avocado, slaw and salsa. Serve with lime wedges.
BAJA-STYLE FISH TACOS
These fish tacos have a delicious tequila-lime-chili flavor and are topped with a crunchy ranchero coleslaw. They are very easy to make. Optional toppings can include black beans, jalapeno peppers, diced tomato, julienned carrots, and green onions.
Provided by JohnBailey
Number Of Ingredients 23
- Make a marinade by whisking together the tequila, lime juice, water, 2 tablespoons salt, turbinado sugar, and 1 tablespoon chili powder in a large bowl. Set aside 1/4 cup of the marinade. Add the cod to the remaining marinade; cover and set aside.
- Stir together the reserved 1/4 cup marinade, black beans, and jalapeno; set aside.
- Mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, 1 tablespoon chili powder, cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sugar, and green onions in a large bowl. Add the coleslaw mix and green onion and mix until coated; set aside.
- Mix together the flour, 1 tablespoon chili powder, baking soda, and 2 teaspoons salt in a shallow dish. Remove pieces of cod from the marinade, shake off the marinade, and coat in the flour mixture.
- Heat the oil in a heavy skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Gently lie the coated fish in the skillet without crowding the pieces. Cook in the hot oil, turning once, until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes.
- While frying the cod, heat the black bean mixture in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat the reserved marinade in a separate small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Assemble tacos by placing fish in the center of tortilla; top with coleslaw, black beans, and any other desired toppings. Drizzle some of the heated marinade over the fillings and fold the tortilla to close.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 488.7 calories, Carbohydrate 43.6 g, Cholesterol 52.6 mg, Fat 23.6 g, Fiber 5.6 g, Protein 19.8 g, SaturatedFat 5.1 g, Sodium 2504.8 mg, Sugar 4.5 g
BAJA STYLE FISH TACOS
I came up with this recipe after having fish tacos from a street vendor in Ensenada, Mexico. It is the closest to authentic I have found. Salsa can be made a day in advance for flavors to blend.
Provided by Nancy Kopperud
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Mix tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, 1 tablespoon juice from jalapeno peppers, and garlic salt in a bowl; squeeze 1/2 lime over salsa fresca. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate while preparing fish.
- Toss coleslaw mix with ranch dressing in a bowl; set aside for flavors to blend.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Stir batter mix and beer together in a bowl. Wrap corn tortillas in wet paper towels and set aside.
- Dip cod in the batter mix; fry coated cod in batches in the hot oil until cod is cooked through and coating is brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove cod with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Microwave corn tortillas on high until warmed, about 1 minute.
- Stack two tortillas on a plate; top with fish, a sprinkle of Mexican cheese, coleslaw mixture, salsa fresca, and a squeeze from lime wedge. Drizzle with chile-garlic sauce. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 422.6 calories, Carbohydrate 50.8 g, Cholesterol 38.7 mg, Fat 17.6 g, Fiber 5.3 g, Protein 16 g, SaturatedFat 6.6 g, Sodium 442.9 mg, Sugar 3.1 g
TACOS DE PESCADO (BAJA STYLE BUT NO CABBAGE)
I love Tacos Pescado, but I'm not a fan of the Baja Style. I love the breaded and fried fish, but I just can't embrace having it served in tortillas with cole slaw. I found this style of Tacos Pescado while eating at J. Anthony's Seafood Cafe in San Antonio, TX. I've duplicated and improved the style somewhat.
Provided by jstaylor62
Yield 8 Tacos
Number Of Ingredients 7
- Season fillets with juice from the lime and Adobo.
- Melt butter in skillet.
- Sautee fillets until cooked through, approx 4 min each side.
- Warm tortillas in a seperate skillet.
- Build tacos with fish, slice of Avacodo and spoonful of Pico de Gallo.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 162.2, Fat 6.8, SaturatedFat 1.9, Cholesterol 32.2, Sodium 54.9, Carbohydrate 13.7, Fiber 3.4, Sugar 0.5, Protein 13.3
TACOS DE PESCADO (BAJA STYLE FISH TACO)
- Pat the fish filet strips dry with paper towels.
- Mix the flour, salt, pepper, vegetable oil and egg yolks to form a batter.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff, and fold into the mixture.
- In a large skillet, heat oil with a depth of no more than 1 inch.
- Dip each fish strip in the batter, fry quickly on one side, turning to fry the other until golden brown. This should only take a couple of minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.
- Arrange pieces of fish in softened tortillas and serve at once, accompanied by the shredded cabbage, marinated onions, guacamole sauce, and a selection of salsas.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 159.6, Fat 4.4, SaturatedFat 0.9, Cholesterol 82.8, Sodium 441.1, Carbohydrate 16.1, Fiber 0.6, Sugar 0.1, Protein 12.9
RACHAEL RAY'S BAJA FISH TACOS
I searched for fish taco recipe's here and was not impressed with the results, so I went to Rachaels site and I am just storing the recipe here. Have not made it yet, but can't wait to try it!
Provided by stke0504
Yield 8 Tacos, 4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 20
- Pre-heat oven 250°F.
- Wrap the tortillas in foil and place them in the oven to warm up while you prepare the rest of the meal. Or, wrap them in a clean, damp kitchen towel and microwave them until warm and pliable right before you're ready to eat.
- In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, add about an inch and a half vegetable oil; make sure the pot is deep enough so you have a few inches between the top of the layer of oil and the edge of the pot. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil temperature reaches 375°F To see if it has reached the desired temperature, drop a cube of bread in the oil. If it browns up by the count of 40, it's good to go. Another way to check is to place the tip of the handle to a wood spoon in the oil, if little bubbles form on the sides, the oil is ready.
- While the oil is heating up, prepare the avocado sauce: in a food processor, add avocados, garlic, sour cream, zest and juice of two limes and blend until smooth.
- For the batter for the fish, combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder together in large bowl. Whisk in the beer, hot sauce and sesame seeds, and stir until the batter is smooth. The batter consistency should be quite thick, so add the beer accordingly.
- Season the fish with the coriander, chipotle powder and salt.
- Working in batches, drop some of the seasoned fish into the bowl with the batter and coat completely. Using a fork or tongs, gently remove the fish from the batter and carefully place into the hot oil. Cook fish for 4-5 minutes, turning continuously, until golden and crispy all over. Cook them in batches if you need to; you don't want to overcrowd the pot. Remove pieces to a paper towel-lined platter.
- While the fish is frying, prepare the cabbage mixture: place a large skillet over high heat with two turns of the pan of vegetable oil, about two tablespoons. Once hot, add the shredded cabbage and sliced onions, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with some salt, pepper and juice of one lime.
- Add 2-3 pieces of the fish to a tortilla, then top with the avocado sauce and cabbage salad. Fold it and eat it up!
Nutrition Facts : Calories 857.3, Fat 36.5, SaturatedFat 7.3, Cholesterol 79.4, Sodium 1429.8, Carbohydrate 88.4, Fiber 12.8, Sugar 5.7, Protein 45.2
CLASSIC BAJA-STYLE FISH TACOS
The original recipe is from The Gourmet Cookbook, and is adapted from the tacos served at Rubio's Baja Grill. I've made a couple changes, but mostly to the sauce -- trying to duplicate the wonderful sauce used at Barryhill Baja Grill in Houston. It may take a little more work but frying the fish twice is what gives it a crisper crust.
Provided by Galley Wench
Yield 4-6 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 25
- Make the Batter:.
- Combine beer, flour, salt, garlic powder, dry mustard, oregano and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth, about 20 seconds.
- Transfer to a bowl and let stand, covered for 1 hour.
- Make the Sauce:.
- Stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, mustard, chipotle and salt in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
- Fry the Fish:.
- Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 350°F.
- Heat 2 inches oil in a 4 quart deep heavy saucepan until it registers 350°F on thermometer.
- Put flour in pie plate or shallow dish. Dredge 10 fish strips in flour, shake off excess, then coat in batter, letting excess drip off, and carefully drop in hot oil.
- Fry, stirring, until PALE golden, 2 or 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel to drain.
- Repeat with the remaining fish (returning oil to 350 °F between batches).
- Set pan of oil aside.
- Heat the Tortillas and Refry The Fish:.
- Wrap tortillas in stacks of 6 in foil and heat in oven until hot, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove tortillas from foil and re-wrap in a kitchen towel to keep warm.
- Meanwhile, reheat oil until it registers 375 degrees. Refry fish strips in batches of 10, stirring, until golden brown, 1 or 2 minutes.
- With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain again.
- To Serve:.
- Stack two corn tortillas together, top with fish, cabbage, sauce and cilantro.
- Serve with lime and salsa on the side.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 4538.8, Fat 442.4, SaturatedFat 57.8, Cholesterol 51.5, Sodium 1317.5, Carbohydrate 116.8, Fiber 11.2, Sugar 2.6, Protein 36.4
FISH TACOS - BAJA STYLE
Beer battered fish with a "secret" garlic cilantro sauce, guacamole, and salsa. The fish are double fried allowing you to do most of the preparation ahead of time and making the fish crispy. My mom has declared this her favorite meal. Grandmother said this was the best fish she has had in 89 years and 10 months. This really makes more servings than listed, but people usually continue eating these even when they are full!
Provided by cookiedog
Yield 26 tacos, 8 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 23
- Make the batter: Whisk the flour, baking powder, garlic, cayenne, mustard,oregano, 1 teaspoons salt, and pepper until well blended. Stir in the beer until there are no lumps. (Batter may be made several hours ahead and refrigerated).
- Trim the fish of all blood lines, skin, and bones. Cut into pieces the size and shape of your index finger. Sprinkle with a few drops of lime juice and a little salt. (If not using immediately, wrap and refrigerate). Pour the oil into a deep, wide pan to a depth of 2 inches and heat over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. I use a thermometer, or you can drop a bit of batter into the oil and it should rise up quickly surrounded by little bubbles.
- Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Check the thickness of the batter by dipping in one piece of the fish. The batter should be the consistency of medium-thick pancake batter, coating the fish easily but dripping very little. Add a little beer if the batter seems too thick.
- Add the fish to the batter. Using tongs or chopsticks, swish each piece to make sure it is thoroughly coated, then lift out of the batter, let it drip once, and lay the fish gently into the hot oil. Cook a few pieces at a time until they float and the batter is set but still very light in color. If a piece sticks to the bottom, leave it alone and it will release itself.
- Remove the fish to a rack to drain; reserve the frying oil. (The fish can be prepared ahead to this point, cooled on a rack, and refrigerated uncovered. Cool the oil and reserve).
- When you are ready to serve, reheat the oil to 350-360°F and refry the fish a few pieces at a time until crisp and golden brown.
- To serve, hold a tortilla in your hand and add a spoonful of guacamole. Top with fish and squeeze lime over the whole thing. Then add the secret sauce, salsa, shredded cabbage, cilantro and onion as desired.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 140.2, Fat 0.5, SaturatedFat 0.1, Cholesterol 0.5, Sodium 76.1, Carbohydrate 26.5, Fiber 1, Sugar 0.7, Protein 3.9
ANDIE'S BAJA-STYLE FISH TACOS
- Cut each tilapia fillet into 2 strips each.
- Mix olive oil, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and garlic paste together for marinade. Add fish strips, coat well, and set aside to soak.
- Mix tomatoes, avocado, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, garlic salt, and black pepper together in a bowl for pico de gallo.
- Mix mayonnaise and sour cream for sauce together and spoon into a zip-top bag; set aside.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry fish strips in the hot oil until they are opaque and flaky, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest.
- Cut off a small corner from the zip-top bag and drizzle some sauce into each tortilla. Place fish onto sauce, spoon on pico de gallo, sprinkle with cabbage, and finish by piping more sauce over the top. Fold and serve.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 866 calories, Carbohydrate 71.7 g, Cholesterol 59.9 mg, Fat 49.4 g, Fiber 9.8 g, Protein 35.7 g, SaturatedFat 9.9 g, Sodium 799.9 mg, Sugar 7.1 g
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Top Asked Questions
What's in a fish taco recipe?2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons water Salt and freshly ground black pepper Fish Tacos: Oil, for frying 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning 2 pounds skinned halibut cut into 5 by 1/2-inch strips Freshly ground black pepper Corn tortillas 2 cups shredded cabbage
How much oil do I use to make fish tacos?Fish Tacos: Oil, for frying 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning 2 pounds skinned halibut cut into 5 by 1/2-inch strips Freshly ground black pepper Corn tortillas
Where do fish tacos come from?It is in Ensenada, a fishing port on the Pacific coast of Baja California that the fish tacos (tacos de pescado) were born in the early 1960s. The story goes that a fisherman whose nickname was Bachihualato was selling meat tacos (carne asada tacos) on the dock. He was often asked to deep fry freshly caught fish.
What to eat in Baja California?Tacos de pescado or fish tacos have origins in the Mexican region of Baja California. These corn flour tacos are filled with fried or grilled pieces of fish, vegetables such as cabbage or lettuce, and a topping of either sour cream or mayonnaise.