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Baja Fish Tacos

The best crispy fish tacos! This recipe is made with fried cod, Baja cream, and purple cabbage cole slaw. Easy to make with these step by step photos.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy fish tacos
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 290 kcal
Author Dina

Ingredients

  • For the fish:
  • 1 1/2-2 lb cod fillet
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Oil for deep frying vegetable, canola, or corn oil work
  • For the Baja Cream:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • For the Slaw:
  • Regular cabbage
  • purple cabbage
  • carrot
  • cilantro
  • Additional toppings:
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de gallo

Instructions

  1. Instructions:
  2. Combine buttermilk, cayenne pepper, chili powder, lime zest, 1 grated garlic clove, black pepper, and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.
  3. Cut the cod fillet into strips and submerge them in the buttermilk marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, begin making the Baja cream by combining the sour cream, mayonnaise, rice vinegar, black pepper, and 1 grated garlic clove.
  5. Chop the cabbages, carrot, and cilantro. Place it into a bowl and toss it with the Baja cream. This will be your slaw.
  6. Combine flour and baking powder.
  7. Fill a skillet with about 1-2 inches of oil and bring it to medium high heat.
  8. Dredge each cod fillet into the flour mixture and fry in the hot oil about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb and excess oil.
  9. Assemble your tacos immediately. Using the tortilla of your choice (corn or flour) add the Baja cream slaw, then place 2 crispy cod fillets and top it with extra cilantro, pico de gallo, or guacamole.
Nutrition Facts
Baja Fish Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 216mg9%
Potassium 538mg15%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.