Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Catfish Tacos

I had a request from a dear friend to make fish tacos. I’ve made them before with several different fish, but I prefer catfish. I just think the texture works well with the batter. Any mild fish you like, would work fine.

This batch was my favorite, so far. I used Corona beer in the batter with some eggs, flour and lime zest. The toppers were a sauce made with mayo, enhanced with chili powder, capers and cumin – recipe follows.

I also made a mango salsa to use on the tacos- with onions, garlic and cilantro- recipe follows. The flavors all worked so well together. I am always tweaking recipes, but this one- for now- will remain unchanged. This time of year, there are fish fries every Friday. I’ve gone to several and had great meals. I would opt to stay in for these tacos.


Fish Tacos



3 eggs, beaten

6 oz. Corona beer- drink the rest- you deserve it

1 c. flour

zest of 1 lime

salt and pepper to taste

a couple of dashes of hot sauce

Combine all the batter ingredients and  beat together until smooth. Let sit at least 30 minutes before using.

2 lbs. catfish, cut into 2 oz. pieces

extra flour for dredging

oil for deep frying

Heat oil in pan to 375 degrees. While oil is heating up, dry fish off as much as you can.  Season with salt and pepper and toss the fish in the extra flour to coat lightly. Dip fish in the batter, and fry, a few pieces at a time until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and continue cooking until all the fish is done. To serve place a piece or two of fish in a taco shell and top with mango salsa and dipping sauce. You can also add some shredded lettuce, if you like.


Mango Salsa

1 large mango, peeled, pitted and diced

1/2 c. diced sweet onion, or a little more

3 T. oil

2 T. cider vinegar

1/4 c. chopped cilantro

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 t. cumin

1/4 t. cinnamon

salt and pepper to taste

hot sauce to taste Combine all ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Dipping Sauce

I must admit to using tartar sauce as my inspiration for this sauce. I wanted the same sort of sauce, but with Mexican flavors. The combo worked really well on the fish tacos.

1 c. mayo

1 T. chili powder

juice of 1 lime

2 t. cumin

1 clove minced garlic

1 T. capers, drained

salt and pepper to taste

hot sauce to taste

Combine all ingredients and chill until ready to use.

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