Baja style fish tacos

Crunchy halibut and creamy sauce scooped up in a soft Mexican taco.

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • DifficultyEasy

For the beer batter

225g plain flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
225ml dark Mexican beer

For the cream sauce

70g mayonnaise
150g Mexican crema* or sour cream
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the fish tacos

Oil, for frying
225g plain flour
1 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
900g skinned halibut, cut into 12 x 1 cm strips
Freshly ground black pepper
Corn tortillas
450g shredded cabbage
450g tomatillo salsa (store-bought or homemade) for garnish, optional
Pickled jalapenos
1) 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.

2) 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 three days ahead, covered and refrigerated).

3) For the fish: in a large skillet, over medium heat, add enough oil to reach a depth of 2cm. Heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 180°C or when the end of a wooden spoon sizzles when inserted into the oil.

4) 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 five minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

5) 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.

*Mexican Crema is Mexico's version of creme fraiche and is found at many supermarkets and can easily be substituted with sour cream.

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