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Classic Baja Fried-Fish Tacos

Yield Makes 10 servings
Baja street vendors aren't big on written recipes, so we identified the key ingredients from the best fish-taco stands to create this recipe.


  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned lingcod*
  • Salad oil
  • 20 warm corn tortillas
  • About 5 cups shredded cabbage
  • Mayonnaise thinned with a little water
  • Tomato salsa
  • Lime wedges

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, whisk beer, flour, and salt, blending well.

  2. Rinse fish and pat dry. Cut into 10 equal pieces.

  3. In a deep 5- to 6-quart pan, heat 1 inch salad oil to 360°. Using a fork, coat fish pieces with beer batter and lift out, draining briefly. Slide coated fish into oil, about 5 pieces at a time. Adjust heat to maintain oil temperature. When fritters are golden, in about 2 minutes, lift out with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towels; keep warm. Repeat to fry remaining fish.

  4. To assemble each taco, stack 2 tortillas; add a fish fritter, cabbage, mayonnaise, and salsa. Squeeze lime over filling, fold tortillas, and eat.

  5. *Check fish for bones before cooking. Press surface with your fingers to locate; pull out with tweezers.