Beer Battered Fish Tacos

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

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 master. I would love to name check every recipe I worked from and book I read but there are far too many to name but 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, which of course 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.

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

I chose a Belgian Weissbeer for my fish tacos and more specifically a Leffe Blonde a beer I am rather partial to a glass or several of but one that adds a fabulous floral flavour to the batter and a beer that seems to give a massive boost to the 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 and of course I had to try this multiple times to ensure it was not my imagination.

Which of course lead to lots of left over beer and left over beer never get left over for long in our house.

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 and 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 are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!
5 from 4 votes
Some glorious beer battered fish tacos are thing of great beauty, loaded with the flavours of cumin, coriander and lime!
Beer Battered Fish Tacos
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins

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

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2
Calories: 1032 kcal
Author: Brian Jones
  • 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.
  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 180ยฐC, 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.

Beer Battered Fish Tacos



  1. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  6. 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!

  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. 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.

  9. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun I am sure they will be tasty.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. 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.

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