Baja Beer-Battered Tilapia (Great for Fish Tacos)

"This recipe is a healthful version of the battered, deep-fried and crispy fish at Rossy's Tacos in Baja California. I have never had their fish tacos, but this recipe sound great as a main dish or in a taco. From ."
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  • Place all the Beer Batter ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  • Transfer the batter to a shallow baking dish, add fish, turning to coat all sides.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Transfer one-third of the battered fish to the pan, placing each piece into a little oil.
  • Cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer cooked fish to a plate; keep warm.
  • Add 1 tablespoon oil and half the remaining fish to the pan; cook as directed above, reducing the heat if necessary.
  • Cook the remaining fish with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Serve immediately.
  • To make tacos: fill tortillas with fish and cabbage then top with salsa. Enjoy!

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  1. Chef ChiSox1
    I never batter fish, and was surprised how tasty and easy this was to make. Make sure your fish is dry before trying to batter. Just blot fish on paper towels before dipping in batter.
  2. FLKeysJen
    This beer batter is SUPERB. I know this says it serves six but two of us ate all of the fish since it was so good! I doubled all spices except the salt. Be sure to dry off the fish well before coating with batter, so it sticks well. This is a quick and easy recipe that I'll make again!
  3. FlavaQueen
    This was fantastic. The only thing I'd like to figure out is how to make the batter stick to the fist better. We also cut up a sweet onion and made a batch of onion rings with the left over batter.
  4. McGelby
    These were so very good! The recipe was great, though I did double the spices as others had suggested. Also used a mango-pineapple salsa to complement the fish. Yum! Can't wait to make these again. Thank you for posting.
  5. Irishgal523
    Absolutely wonderful! Flavorful and easy! I followed the advice of the other reviewer and doubled the spices since we like a lot of spice and it turned out great! I made homemade coleslaw (cabbage, carrots, yogurt, garlic salt, onion salt, vinegar and a little mayo) to put on top and served it with corn tortillas. Batter was nice and easy to make and turned out very light. I will use this recipe again for sure!


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