Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Cilantro Crema

By Kitchenette
December 10, 2012
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Author Notes: Being from San Diego, I've eaten a lot of fish tacos in my day! If frying them, this is the way I go: beer battered and garnished with a myriad of toppings.
Use any ale you enjoy drinking for this recipe. I chose New Belgium's Trippel because it's tasty, affordable, and brewed with coriander!
This is kind of an open-ended recipe as far as amounts go. It makes more than enough batter for 6-8 people to walk away stuffed, and even more of the crema. So buy as much fish, tortillas, cheese etc. as you think you need for the size of your crowd and go to town!

Serves: 6-8

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 12-ounce bottle ale
  • white fish fillets (cod, halibut, tilapia, etc.), cut into thick strips
  • fine grain sea salt
  • corn tortillas
  • red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • lime wedges
  • queso fresco or cotija cheese
  1. Start warming 1 to 1 1/2 inches of oil in a pan over medium heat to 375 degrees. Make the batter: whisk together the flour, baking powder, coriander, smoked paprika, cumin, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Whisk in the beer and set the batter in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. While the oil is warming and batter is resting, prepare the crema (recipe follows). Season the strips of fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Dip the fish in the batter, shaking off any excess, and lower into the oil to fry in small batches. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan, and keep an eye on the temperature, letting it return to 375 degrees between batches.
  3. Fry the fish until golden brown on both sides, 2-4 minutes depending on the size of the pieces. Transfer the fish to a paper towel-lined plate and season immediately with the fine grain salt. Keep finished pieces warm in a 200 degree oven on a cooling rack set over a sheet pan.
  4. Serve the tacos with cilantro crema, red cabbage, queso fresco and lime wedges for garnishing.

Cilantro Crema

  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender until well combined. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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