Crispy Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Sauce


Serves: 12 tacos


Jalapeño Sauce: 

  • 1 large jalapeño (If you like spicy, leave in the ribs and seeds)
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used olive)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Fish Tacos: 

  • 2 lbs. firm white fish (I used cod)
  • 1 cup flour, divided (white or wheat)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cornmeal (or flour)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder or spicy seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light beer (I used Corona)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas
  • Cilantro for topping
  • Cotija cheese for topping


  1. Puree all the jalapeño sauce ingredients in a food processor until your desired consistency is reached. You may need to add more oil or water at the end to make the sauce less gloppy and more drizzle-able, if needed.
  2. Pat the fish dry with paper towels and cut into 2-3 inch pieces. Put 1/2 cup flour in a shallow bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk 1/2 cup flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, chili powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the beer and the beaten egg; stir until combined to form the batter.
  3. Pour enough oil in the frying pan so the fish will be partially submerged while frying. Heat the oil until a drip of water sizzles across the top. Dip each piece of fish in the plain flour, then the batter, then transfer to the hot oil. Fry on each side for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from the frying pan and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess oil. Sprinkle with salt while still hot; let cool slightly.
  4. Arrange tacos with a few pieces of fish, cilantro, Cotija cheese, and jalapeño sauce

*If the batter sits for awhile, the cornmeal will sink to the bottom. Stir it up again to get everything mixed before dipping in the fish.

Adapted from: Pinch of Yum

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