Fish Baja Tacos

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5 from 9 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Fish Baja Tacos are tortilla shells stuffed with fish and topped with pico de gallo and the perfect cilantro ranch dressing. This light and easy taco is an explosion of flavor.

Fish Baja Tacos with a side of lime and a green napkin.

Many Baja Fish tacos are made with a beer battered fish. However, this recipe is lighter and uses a fish fillet such as cod for the taco therefore there is no need to have fried fish. They have all the flavor impact that you love about these fish tacos but are so much healthier,

Want to find even more fish recipes, check this link.


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What We Love About This Baja Cali Tacos Recipe

These tacos are named after Baja California, find out the history here.

  • 15 Minute Meal:What can be better than having a hot, homemade meal done in just 15 minutes?
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone can build their own, so they are all happy.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, dairy free, etc…
Close up on the fish taco with baja sauce.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cod Fillet: 1lb or cod or any white fish.
  • Taco Seasoning: Use the recipe link or use your favorite store bought spices.
  • Olive Oil
  • Flour tortillas
  • Cabbage, shredded, about 1 cup.
  • Tortilla Chips, tri colored tortilla chips are fun.
  • Lime, One lime for lime juice and more lime wedges for garnish.
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  •  Garlic Powder 1 tablespoon.
  • Chipotle Peppers adobo sauce to taste
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro
  • Salt

Equipment Needed

How to Make Baja California Tacos

These are the basic steps for making recipe for Baja Fish Tacos. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: PREPARATION

First, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Next, season one side of fish liberally with taco seasoning and then place fish, seasoning side down, in the hot skillet.Cook for 2 minutes.

STEP 2: FLIP

Then, flip fish and allow to cook for 2 more minutes or until fish is cooked through. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the baja sauce and then stir mixture until well combined.

STEP 3: BUILD

Finally, assemble taco by placing fish, Lastly, top with shredded cabbage, tortilla strips and Baja Sauce.

Prep and Storage Tips for Baja Cali Fish Tacos

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Prepare creamy white sauce and vegetables ahead of time and then you just have to cook the fish when you are ready. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container or wrapped well with foil or plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Warm up the cooked fish in the microwave or on the stove top in the skillet until warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN FREE?

Corn tortillas can used in place of the flour tortillas.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE LETTUCE FOR CABBAGE?

Of course, you can use any vegetables that you like for these tacos.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, adjust the recipe below so that it fits the needs of your family. Make in batches if you need to.

HOW LONG DOES BAJA SAUCE LAST?

The sauce will last in an airtight container or jar for up to 7 days.

Fish Baja Tacos with a side of lime and a green napkin.

Expert Tips for Making This Fish Taco with Baja Sauce Recipe

  • Store Bought: Buy bagged shredded cabbage slaw in the produce section to save time.
  • Add Hot Sauce: A dash of your favorite hot sauce or chili powder will add some zing.
  • Cheese: Feel free to add your favorite cheese to the tacos.
  • Variation tip: Shrimp or another white fish such as tilapia or halibut can be used in place of the cod.
  • Taco Bar: Really easy, just have all your families favorite toppings and sides so they can add what they like. Favorites such as avocado, red onion, beans jalapeno and crema.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The fish can be cooked in the air fryer for a fast and easy way to cook it.

What to Serve with Baja Fish Tacos

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Fish Baja Tacos with a side of lime and a green napkin.
5 from 9 votes

Fish Baja Tacos

Yield: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Baja Fish Tacos are tortilla shells stuffed with fish and topped with pico de gallo and the perfect cilantro ranch dressing. This taco is an explosion of flavor.
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Ingredients

Fish Tacos

  • 1 pound cod fillets, cut into 1 inch thick fillets, or any white fish
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • Crunchy tri-colored tortilla strips
  • Baja Sauce, below

Baja Sauce:

  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 in chipotle peppers adobo sauce, to taste
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Fish Tacos

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil.
  • Season one side of fish liberally with taco seasoning.
  • Place fish, seasoning side down, in the hot skillet.
  • Season the other side of the fish.
  • Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Flip fish and allow to cook for 2 more minutes or until fish is cooked through.
  • Place an even amount of fish in each tortilla.
  • Top with shredded cabbage, tortilla strips and Baja Sauce.

Baja Sauce

  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender and purée until combined.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

Expert Tips

  • Store Bought: Buy bagged shredded coleslaw in the produce section to save time.
  • Add Hot Sauce: A dash of your favorite hot sauce will add some zing.
  • Cheese: Feel free to add your favorite cheese to the tacos.
  • Variation tip: Shrimp or another white fish can be used in place of the cod.
  • Taco Bar: Have all your families favorite toppings and sides so they can add what they like.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The fish can be cooked in the air fryer for a fast and easy way to cook it.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1265mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fish, tacos

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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6 thoughts on “Fish Baja Tacos”

  1. 5 stars
    These look delicious. I love fish tacos. We try to eat them every couple weeks. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  2. My family tried the Baja fish tacos last night and loved it. Very little prep work and tasted delicious and refreshing.

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