Halibut – Pacific halibut is a versatile, flakey, mild-flavored white fish that is also a sustainable choice. Most of the Pacific halibut comes from Alaska and is in season from March through November. The fish has a very nutritious diet, which yields lean and protein rich meat that is also low in cholesterol. Since it has such a mild flavor, it is a good fish for people who aren’t as prone to liking seafood. To switch it up, use this same method with your other favorite fish!
Beer – I recommend using a lighter beer like a lager in this recipe. The beer flavors the batter while also adding the fizz. You don’t want anything with too many overpowering flavors.
Green cabbage – The cabbage adds a nice crunch to this taco. It can be substituted with purple cabbage or another green, like chopped romaine. I recommend using a mandolin to thinly shave the cabbage.
How to Make Beer Battered Fish Tacos
For the beer battered fish:
Bake the beer batter. Slice the halibut into 8 equal filets. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika. Slowly add the beer while whisking until a batter forms.
Heat oil. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan or deep fryer add enough oil to fill 2-inches of the pan. Heat oil to 350ºF.
Dip the fish in the batter. Dip the fish in the batter so that it is entirely coated. Let the excess batter drip from the fish before adding it to the oil.
Fry the fish. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes then use tons to remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
For herb yogurt sauce:
Make the sauce. Stir all ingredients together until completely combined. Refrigerate until ready to use. The sauce can be made up to a day ahead of time
Add cabbage to tortillas. Divide shredded cabbage among tortillas and spread a spoonful of the herb yogurt sauce on top followed by a slice of the fried fish.
Assemble and serve. Add pico de gallo on top and serve with hot sauce and limes on the side. Serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks for This Recipe
If you want to skip the batter and opt for a healthier and gluten-free option then check out this alternative for baked fish tacos here.
When it comes to eating fried foods sometimes you have to compromise – in this case I swapped the mayonnaise and sour cream for the sauce with Greek yogurt.