Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Chipotle Tartar Sauce

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Chipotle Tartar Sauce

Beer Battered Fish Tacos I get this extreme sense of gratification and pride when I create a meal that was home grown or in this case, freshly caught. Now I shouldn’t feel this way about these tacos because I was not the one who caught the Halibut, my little brother was. However I did create a pretty damn good meal out of the fish!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Halibut is a wonderful thick flaky fish, and it’s almost a sin to deep fry it because of the price, but because my little bro sent me home with so much (and it was free) I felt a little bit less guilty. Cod and pollock haddock make great alternatives to the halibut for frying.

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

This is a great summer meal and would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo. The chipotle tartar sauce adds a nice kick. Serve it with some shredded cabbage and salsa and you have one killer fish taco. Don’t forget to crack open a beer! If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo party, check out my Fiesta Board on Pinterest for some great ideas and recipes. 

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Or, if fish tacos aren’t your thing, serve the fish with some crispy fries for a delicious fish and chips meal! Any way you serve this fish, you are going to have some happy eaters.

Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Chipotle Tartar Sauce

Serving Size: 4

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Chipotle Tartar Sauce


    Fish Tacos
  • 1 pound fresh halibut, cut into 1 in wide strips
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cup beer
  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • Oil for frying (coconut or vegetable)
  • Chipotle Tartar Sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil to 375 degrees in a medium to large sized dutch oven or skillet. If you do not have an oil thermometer, test with a small drop of batter. If batter starts to sizzle and not stick to the bottom it is ready.
  2. Lightly dredge halibut in corn starch.
  3. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Add beer and whisk until smooth.
  5. One strip at a time, dip fish into batter and flip until fully coated.
  6. Carefully place in oil do not cook more than three pieces of fish at a time.
  7. Cook fish for about 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oil and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb oil.
  9. Continue with the rest of the fish.
  10. Chipotle Tartar Sauce
  11. Combine all of the ingredients and mix to combine.
  12. Fish Taco Assembly
  13. Warm up corn tortillas over the grill or in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  14. Spread Chipotle Tartar sauce in the center.
  15. Add beer battered fish and squeeze a wedge of lemon over it.
  16. Sprinkle with cabbage and salsa and eat!!!!

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6 Responses to Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Chipotle Tartar Sauce

  1. EverydayMaven April 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    These look amazing and now I can not wait to get to San Diego and get some good fish tacos!

  2. sundiegoeats May 1, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Lovely pictures + action shots 🙂 the taco sauce really makes all the difference when it comes to fish tacos, this chipotle one sounds great!

  3. Suzzette June 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    I am a pintrest junkie… I somehow came across your page and i am so glad that i did. What made me choose your fish tacos among many many others on pintrest was probaly the esay recipie that you displayed. I made your fish tacos and they were the best ive ever eaten. The batter was soo good!!! I used a med dark beer and added lots of pepper. My family was really happy with the results….

  4. Maria Vasquez November 20, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    Made these tacos twice already! The first time, I only followed your fish batter recipe and I thought that was good. The second time around I added the chipotle tartar sauce…. All I have to say is WOW!!! The tartar sauce made all the difference. My husband definitely enjoyed them more the second time around. Thank you for sharing!!


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