Give The People What They Want: Fish Tacos Take Two

Baja Fish Tacos with White Sauce

Do you want to know what the number two most frequent search term that gets people to Shut Up & Cook is? I’ll give you a few guesses. Tragically it is not “witty, smart, brilliant, and good looking home cooks”. Nor is it “the next Rachael Ray”. And while I’m sure it’s bound to happen at some point, I have yet to see Google searches for “next food blogger who is going to make it big” top the list.

Nope, it is none of these things. Instead it is:

  • white sauce for fish tacos

And do you want to know what # 3 is?!?

  • fish taco white sauce

How not sexy is that? Alas, I’ve had to come to the reality that what people really want…what they truly desire is fish tacos. And how can you blame them? They are amazing.

Back in November of 2009 (hard to believe that was 2+ years ago) I did a post about Shockingly Good Baja Fish Tacos. Since then I have eaten many more fish tacos (some good, some great, some bad), but I hadn’t made them again until this past weekend when overcome by a craving I couldn’t ignore, I simply had to have them. And to prove to my Mom that fish tacos could be delicious (“Honey…I have to say…I just don’t get it….fish tacos? Really?”)

They were just as good as last time, if not even better thanks to the delightful company of our friend’s CJ, Nadia, and Harrison and the amusing conversation that ranged from politics, to commerce, travel, to relationships, and a very entertaining, wine-coming-out-my-nose, attempt to explain to my mother what the term “punks” meant. Needless to say CJ’s attempt at providing a Sid Vicious reference did nothing.

These are a little messy to make, and yes your house will be a little smelly for a few hours, but you should do it. Because hey…if nothing else, fish tacos make an excellent white sauce delivery system.

Baja Fish Tacos 

Step 1 – White Sauce:

  • Fresh lime juice to taste (I like about 2 TB)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ mayonnaise
  • 1 TB Sriracha hot sauce (or something similar)
  • ½ teaspoon – crushed oregano
  • ½ teaspoon – ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon – dried, crushed dill
  • ½ teaspoon – ground cayenne chile
  • ground white pepper to taste

 Combine the first three ingredients, aiming for a slightly runny consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.

The making of the coveted white sauce.

Step 2 – Toppings Bar:

So pretty.

  • 1/2 bundle cilantro
  • 2 cups red cabbage
  • 1 cup queso fresco
  • 2 limes

Coarsely chop cilantro and set aside in small bowl for toppings. Dice queso fresco and set aside in separate bowl. Cut up the cabbage. Slice as thinly as possible so the strands still stay together. Set aside in bowl. Quarter the limes and serve one wedge with each plate and extras in a bowl.

Toppings Bar (which I personally try to incorporate into as many meals as possible).

Step 3 – The Fish:

Cod works well, although you can use whatever white fish you prefer. Since it’s going to be battered and fried this is a great opportunity to take advantage of whatever is on sale.

2 LB White Fish washed, patted dry, and cut into 1 inch strips


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 can beer, not dark

Combine flour and salt, then add beer. It should be relatively thick, which was nice since the batter actually stayed on the fish when we fried it.

Fill large saucepan with vegetable oil or lard. You want enough that the fish can be submerged in it. Get it nice and hot and cook the fish in batches, being certain not to crowd the pan as you want the oil to stay hot.

Turn the fish after about a minute. Look for the color to decide when to remove. As soon as it’s golden, you’re good to go. Remove and place on a plate with a paper towel to drain.

Serve immediately with tortillas, white sauce, and toppings. Enjoy.



Filed under Cheap Eats, Comfort Foods, Entertaining, Seafood, Uncategorized

8 responses to “Give The People What They Want: Fish Tacos Take Two

  1. Abbie J.

    Erina, these fish tacos look sooo divine! And they ARE an excellent delivery system for white sauce (bring on the fat!). Thanks for another yummy and entertaining post. Now I must make some fish tacos!

    • Erina

      Hooray! Definitely make them and then be sure to report back please! They are almost **too** good…I could eat them every night.

  2. Maman

    Back home in Ipswich and dreaming (literally………dreaming)
    of your fantastic fish tacos and roaringly fun dinners.
    Thank you for idulging your readers from ALL OVER THE WORLD
    (Bravo!) with this recipe.

    • Erina

      Dreaming of fish tacos?!? That’s my kind of dream. All of the world indeed…this week we’ve had readers from the Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey and more!

  3. Rachel and Madeline here (and Andy in spirit) – we made your fish tacos last night and they were absolutely AMAZING. SERIOUSLY LIFE CHANGING AMAZING. YUM!

    • Erina

      So glad you enjoyed them…and even more glad at the thought of the three of you together whipping up a storm in the kitchen.

  4. Keenan


    I’m Laura Wittman’s (Skidmore) fiancé, and we just made our second batch of these, and they are the best! Love the site and love the food. Glad Laura told me about your blog.

    • Erina

      Hi Keenan,

      Lovely to virtually meet you…and CONGRATS on the upcoming nuptials. So very exciting.

      Thrilled to hear that you are enjoying Shut Up & Cook and the fish tacos to boot. I’ve got to get cooking (and writing) again, so stay tuned for lots more yummy summer eats.

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