Beer Battered Fish Tacos

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Some glorious beer battered fish tacos that are a thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!

Some glorious beer battered fish tacos that are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos.

Here we go with another dish I have been working on for a while. Fish tacos are something us Brits hear about on American television but rarely see on our menus. But hot on the heels of my chicken fajitas it was one I wanted to put my spin on.

I would love to name check every recipe I worked from and the books I read but there are far too many to name. However, I have had bucket loads of fun experimenting with this dish.

Primarily because I used it as an excuse to experiment with a new recipe for beer batter. This naturally involved buying lots of really tasty beers.

Naturally, I had to make sure I bought enough to experiment with. But was then really careful not to mess up so I had to dip into my drinking stash.

I chose a Belgian Weissbeer for my fish tacos and more specifically a Leffe Blonde a beer. One that I am rather partial to a glass or several of, but also one that adds a fabulous floral flavour to the batter.

Some glorious beer battered fish tacos that are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!

Fish Taco Sauce…

I went with a coriander or cilantro crema as my fish taco sauce. The bright and vibrant citrus flavours just seemed a natural fit with the fish. It is so simple to make and it would work really well with a host of dishes.

This fish taco recipe is most definitely a bit of a fusion recipe. It very much leans on my British roots as much as it nods to its Californian natural environment.

You see us Brits love Fish and chips… You know that right? The batter on this fish taco recipe definitely is a nod to a much more modern battered fish.

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Whilst developing this recipe I did experiment with cooking the fish ‘nekid’, not me of course! But whilst the flavours I added to the fish worked really well, the texture just felt all a little soft.

So I started experimenting with both breadcrumbs and batter… Of course, I landed at beer batter fish tacos, where else was I gonna end up?

Some glorious beer battered fish tacos that are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!

Weissbeer And Batter.

In fact, during my experiments, I found that all weissbeers added a wonderful lightness to the batter. It almost made them souffle right up.

Of course I had to try this multiple times to ensure it was not my imagination.

Which of course lead to lots of leftover beer. Leftover beer never gets left over for long in our house. And that also meant lots of fish Tacos, life is so hard!

Speaking of beer as I am writing this last paragraph prior to posting a week after I prepared this recipe. I have been working at getting ahead as my Mother in Law is visiting at the moment.

Guests for us typically mean a little too much indulgence on both beer and food. This visit is no different we are getting through bucket loads of the amber nectar.

Besides drinking we have a pretty full program of site seeing, relaxing and even a bit of sport (spectating only naturally). We are about half way through and if you are curious what I get up to for fun in Hungary besides cooking and gardening maybe you should check out my Instagram feed.

Some glorious beer battered fish tacos that are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!
Some glorious beer battered fish tacos that are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!
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Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Some glorious beer battered fish tacos that are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican Fish Tacos, Taco Recipe, White Fish Recipe
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1032 kcal
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 6 Soft Tacos Small
  • 300 g Firm White Fish I used some local catfish but cod or pollock would be ideal cut into 1cm by 2.5 cm strips
  • 150 g Green Cabbage Shredded
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes Peeled and finely diced
  • 1 Red Onion Finely Diced
  • 1/2 Green Pepper Finely Diced
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • Oil for deep frying

For the Coriander Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Plain Yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp Sour Cream
  • Pinch Salt to taste
  • 1 Lime Juice and zest
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds Toasted and ground
  • 1 Tsp Coriander leaves

For the Batter

  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • 3 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 300 ml Beer I like to use a Belgian Weiss beer but go for something that you like that is fairly light and fizzy

Instructions

  1. Begin by making your sauce by mixing together all of the ingredients... Sauce done!
  2. Then prepare your salsa by mixing together the red onion, tomato, green pepper, red wine vinegar and sugar and set aside.
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients for the flour and set aside.
  4. Now lets get going, add enough oil to a pan so that it is 5 cm deep and heat to 180°C, although a deep fat fryer is just as good.
  5. Then fry off your fish in batches for 2-3 minutes until nice and crispy, transfer each batch to a flat pan lined with kitchen paper.
  6. Finally build your tacos and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can stuff your tacos with any accompaniments you like, I personally love the crunchiness of the cabbage alongside the crispy fish and sharp salsa and creamy sauce.

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26 Comments

  1. Alyssa January 27, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Wow! That looks like tempura fried fish. I love that you used a Belgian Weissbeer in your recipe. I was just in Berlin, that beer’s so good.

    • Brian Jones January 28, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Always my favourite type of beer and so popular across much of Europe… Has a great flavour perfect for using in a batter.

  2. David @ Cooking Chat January 27, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Mmm, sounds like some great flavors. I order fish tacos fairly often but for some reason haven’t made them at home…this is a good nudge to change that!

    • Brian Jones January 28, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Finding anything other than home cooked fish nuggets out here in Rural Hungary is a challenge 😀

  3. Helene January 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Oh your beer battered fish tacos look glorious! Like little golden precious nuggets engulfed by a perfect taco. I really should try to make more tacos at home!!

    • Brian Jones January 28, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thanks Helene, they really are just like grown up fish nuggets 😀

  4. Kavita Favelle January 27, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I rarely think about using fish in tacos but you are right that it’s a classic dish and your beer battered version looks so good. Loving the freshness and colour.

    • Brian Jones January 27, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Kavita… We love this in summer when the ingredients are so bright and fresh.

  5. Jen Minns March 11, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

    This recipe looks and sounds so fresh and tasty! Looking forward to giving this a whirl tonight. Just wondering if you think Grolsh beer would work?

    • Brian Jones March 11, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

      I think the batter will keeps it’s crunch a little less with Grolsch, I have made lots of batters with pilsner type lagers (although not with Grolsch) and they taste great but always find the peak crispness comes from a weiss beer or wheat beer 🙂 Have fun I am sure they will be tasty.

  6. Byron Thomas October 11, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Another gorgeous dish, Brian. I’m not big on corriander, but that fish looks too light and fresh not to dig in. Heck, I bet it would be great taco-less and served with some FRENCH FRIES too! 😉 Great job, mate!

    • Brian Jones October 13, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

      You mean like CHIPS :p yeah that’s a great idea… The beer batter is amazing, it is weissbeer all the way for me now when it comes to a western style batter.

  7. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. October 4, 2016 at 5:14 am - Reply

    It’s been ages since I’ve had a good beer battered fish taco! I have to try this recipe asap!

    • Brian Jones October 5, 2016 at 6:45 am - Reply

      The batter is spectacular, the weissbeer really makes it so airy and light!

  8. Jennifer September 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Fish tacos are a favorite thing of mine… product of growing up in Florida. These sound delicious and easy enough to make at home since there aren’t really any good seafood places around here. Gunna give these a go soon!

  9. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche September 20, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I love beer batter – seems to make anything taste incredible! And the bubbles make it perfectly light and crispy 🙂

    • Brian Jones October 5, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Definitely and the weissbeer seems to make it even more airy and light.

  10. Sandhya Hariharan September 20, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Love it !! Coriander Sauce and mango Salsa is just my kind of thing !!

  11. Platter Talk September 20, 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Oh! I’m the king of beer batter & love fish tacos. Mango salsa is a nice compliment to the dish, too.

  12. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 20, 2016 at 7:18 am - Reply

    We love battered fish tacos! So good with a mango salsa or slaw on them too.

  13. Just Jo September 20, 2016 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Super yum Brian – I’ve not battered my fish tacos before but they do look great. Love the sound of the coriander sauce in particular.

    • Brian Jones October 5, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo, I may live in Central Europe but I am a Brit at heart so fish and batter go together like a horse and cart 😀

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