Beer Battered Fish Tacos

These beer battered fish tacos are easy to make and extremely tasty. Beer batters render a crunchy crust with a tender fish filling. Wrap it in a tortilla with some special sauce and some cabbage slaw or sliced lettuce and you are in for a delightful treat.

I learned to love fish tacos when we moved to Southern California. Until then I had always had carne asada ones. The healthier way to make these is to grill the fish instead of deep frying it. You can make it either way. In this recipe I battered the fish and then fried it. The tacos are delicious!

This is what you are going to need for these wonderful tacos:

Makes eight tacos
16 corn tortillas
8 white fish fillets – I used Basa – but you can use tilapia, cat fish or halibut
1 cup flour
1 cup Mexican beer
1 cup yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 limes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Vegetable oil
2 cups shredded green or red cabbage or shredded lettuce
1 large tomato chopped (optional)

Rinse and pat dry the fish. Cut each fillet into 4 strips. Place in a bowl and squeeze 1 of the limes, covering completely with juice. Set it aside for 15 minutes.

Sliced Fish

In a bowl mix the flour and beer. Whisk well and season with salt. Set aside for 15 minutes.

In another bowl mix together the yogurt, mayonnaise, shallots, the juice of the other lime, cumin, garlic and cilantro. Whisk until blended well and season with salt to taste.

Yogurt Sauce

Fill a large skillet with oil and heat until the oil is very hot. Place the fish, one slice at a time, into the batter. Let the excess batter drip and place the fish in a single layer (work in batches). Fry the fish until evenly browned, turning once. Remove onto paper towels and drain off the excess oil.

Fish Frying

Place a tortilla on top of another one. Smear with yogurt sauce. Place two pieces of fried batter in the middle. Top with cabbage and tomatoes. Serve.

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My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • June 8, 2011


    Hi Mary Ann, I love your blog and emails that you send me. If I want to grill the fish tacos, do I still dip them into the batter? I’ve been thinking about fish tacos for sometime. I still have no confidence cooking seafood of any type but would really would like to explore the tacos.

  • June 8, 2011


    Hi Louise!
    Thank you so much for coming by! No. Please do not dip the fish in batter and then grill it. You will have a huge mess in your hands! Instead, why don’t you marinate it with some lemon juice, chopped cilantro, salt and white pepper? You can let the fish sit in this for about 30 minutes and then grill it. You will love the result! It will be a lot healthier too! Have a great day!
    Mary Ann

  • August 15, 2011

    Tiffany Stinson

    Hi Mary Ann,
    I just started to read your blog and love your recipes. I grew up in SoCal so these bring back memories for me. Could I use Pico de Gallo with them also and have you ever tried blending in Chipotles into the sauce??? I was also wondering if I didnt want to use beer, could I use another kind of fizzy liquid in the batter? Again love your blog and your videos. Thanks!

  • August 15, 2011


    Hi Tiffany!
    Thanks so much for coming by! You can definitely use pico de gallo. No problem. About the chipotle sauce, I love chipotles and use them a lot. Go ahead and mix them in with the sauce. That will be great. Try using club soda instead of beer for your batter. That should work just fine. I really appreciate you coming by and commenting! Have a wonderful week!
    Mary Ann

  • September 14, 2012


    Awesome. Every bite. The fish was crispy, the yogart sauce made it all come together.

  • September 21, 2012


    Hi there!
    This is my preferred version of fish tacos. Everyone at my house loves them. Thank you so much for making them and letting me know how it came out. Have a great weekend!
    Mary Ann

  • September 20, 2013


    Shallots are listed in the ingredients, but it does not say when to use them, can you please let me know? Thanks

  • September 23, 2013


    Hi Carol!
    Thank you for your message! I fixed this. You need to add the shallots to the yogurt sauce for your tacos. I appreciate you stopping by!
    Mary Ann