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Fish Tacos

by Amy
Simply the best Fish Taco Recipe, with homemade White Sauce, Pico de Gallo, and Beer Battered Fish. Taco Del Mar style: but better!
fish taco

I’ve loved Fish Tacos since sometime in the early 2000s (in Oregon), when I discovered the Taco Del Mar Fish Taco. One bite and I was addicted. Tangy, spicy, all the textures, just fantastic!

However, since 2011 I’ve been living in rural Alberta, which offers limited options for a good Fish Taco. Taco Time, a 90 minute drive away, sometimes has them. And they’re edible, but not worth the $5+ for a tiny taco with 1 little piece of fish.

I worked on this recipe for a few years in the mid-2000s and put it on the site on January 9, 2009. Occasionally we deviate from this recipe when finding good quality frozen cod is difficult (fresh is impossible), and buy “tavern battered” frozen fish from Costco. It is not as good as home battered and deep fried, but it is good, so we don’t let the inability to batter our own stop us from enjoying this family favourite.

The white sauce and pico de gallo are out of this world! Combined with the crunch of lettuce or cabbage, the tortilla, and the fish? It is absolutely better than you can find in any restaurant!

If you’re looking for more Texmex and Mexican food options, we love this pulled pork, spanish rice, homemade refried beans, and guacamole!

fish taco

Fish Tacos

Owl Creek Farm owlcreek.ca
Simply the best Fish Taco Recipe, with homemade White Sauce, Pico de Gallo, and Beer Battered Fish. Taco Del Mar style: but better!
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Texmex
Servings 6
Calories 555 kcal


White Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ jalapeno pepper minced, optional
  • 1 tsp minced capers
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp dried dill weed
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper

Pico de gallo

  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2 T chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Beer Batter (see notes)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup beer


  • 1 quart oil for frying
  • 1 pound cod fillets cut into 2 to 3 ounce portions
  • 1 (12 ounce) package corn (or flour) tortillas
  • ½ medium head cabbage or lettuce finely shredded


Pico de Gallo - one hour before eating

  • In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
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White Sauce - one hour before eating

  • Place mayo in a small bowl, gradually stir in fresh lime juice until consistency is slightly runny. Season with jalapeno, capers, oregano, cumin, dill, and cayenne. Cover and refrigerate.
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  • Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375°f

Beer Batter

  • To make beer batter: In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch (check out this no-GMO brand), baking powder, and salt. Blend egg and beer, then quickly stir into the flour mixture (don’t worry about a few lumps).

Cook the Fish

  • Dust fish pieces lightly with flour. Dip into beer batter, and fry until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Lightly heat tortillas in a warmed skillet, just a few second to make pliable.


  • Lightly heat tortillas in a warmed skillet, just a few second to make pliable. To serve, place fried fish in a tortilla, and top with shredded cabbage or lettuce, pico de gallo and white sauce.


If time is a concern, you can use good quality frozen beer battered fish fillets, taking out the fish, batter ingredients, and those instructions.


Calories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 21gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 779mgPotassium: 654mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 805IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 3mg
Keyword beer batter, fish, fish taco, mexican, pico de gallo, taco, texmex, white sauce
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Carmelita April 30, 2023 - 1:25 pm

I just made these last night, using an already battered fish and crunchy taco shell. The carb count was really low, as I am restricting them, and this white sauce and pico de gallo ( drooling now) was AMAZING!!! It was soooooo good. I have shared this recipe with friends today. Thank you for this recipe. I think I could eat this daily. Lol it was sooooo awesome!

Clarissa October 7, 2016 - 1:33 pm

yay I love this taco but the Taco Del Mar closest to me closed and the next one away isn’t really close enough to pop over for dinner so now I can eat it anyway

Doug M February 20, 2011 - 2:58 pm

Outstanding. I had a real hunger for Taco Del Mar fish tacos when I saw that thawed fish in the refrigerator staring at me. These were even better and as a man who doesn’t cook much that was an accomplishment.

Outdoor Hydroponics July 30, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Yummy… Im going to have to try this recipe!


Kate February 1, 2009 - 12:59 pm

Hi Amy!!!

I just wanted to THANK YOU so much for finding the secret TDM fish taco. My mom and I have been craving them forEVER!! But now they have been sort of ripping people off with little tiny pieces of fish and the rice is now just white with nothing else in it. AND they havent lowered their price. So again thanks a lot because now my mamma and I can try this recipe and be really happy.