San Diego Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

From The Foley Fish Cookbook

1 lb Monkfish fillet or other firm-flesh fish, cut in 1" pieces
(1) 12-oz bottle Mexican beer
1 Tbsp Mexican seasoning
Vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup Mexican beer
1/2 tsp hot sauce
12 fresh corn tortillas
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 cups shredded green cabbage
1/2 red onion, cut into strips
Baja Sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp Mexican seasoning
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Place fish in a large heavy-duty zip top plastic bag. Combine 12 oz beer and Mexican seasoning in a bowl, stirring well. Pour marinade over fish, seal bag, and chill for 2–3 hours.

Baja Sauce

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

To Prepare

Pour oil to depth of 2" into a deep skillet or Dutch oven; heat to 350°F. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk in 1 cup of beer and hot sauce. Drain fish, discarding marinade. Coat fish in batter. Cook fish in batches about 4 minutes or until done. Drain on paper towels.

To Serve

Place 2–3 pieces of fish on each tortilla; squeeze lime wedges over fish; top with cheese, cabbage, onion, and Baja sauce. Serve immediately.

Note: If you wish to avoid deep-fried food, I wouldn’t hesitate to broil or sauté the fish rather then fry it.

Makes 4–6 servings

Per serving: 784 calories; 43g total fat; 11g saturated fat; 67mg cholesterol; 1048mg sodium; 64g total carbohydrates; 28g protein;

Allergy Warning: Contains milk and eggs and fish and wheat and soy and other nuts