Beer Battered Fish Tacos w/ Asian Slaw. Flour tortillas stuffed with crispy, golden, tender, beer battered cod and topped with toasty, crunchy, fresh coleslaw!
These babies are Beer Battered Fish Tacos, or more specifically, Beer Battered COD Fish Tacos WITH an Asian (Trevor gets confused in the video below and thinks these are Mexican tacos 😉 ) inspired coleslaw. And. These. Are. Yummy.
The best part of these tacos is the fresh cod. One of my favorite things about living in Seattle is being able to get my hands on all sorts of fresh seafood! There’s nothing cooler to me than being able to use fresh, local ingredients.
Orrr wait. Maybe the best part of these Beer Battered Fish Tacos is the, um, beer batter? It’s crunchy, salty, and ultra addicting. You could dip just about anything in this beer batter and it would taste good.
But what about that slaw? Ohhhh meh gosh. Gimme all the slaw. I cheated and used pre-packaged coleslaw, because I’m lazy and heeeyyyy it tastes good. Then I smothered it in all sorts of delicious Asian flavors like sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, toasted sesame seeds… ♡.
Long story short, everything about these Beer Battered Fish Tacos is my favorite. You can watch the whole process in the video here:
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Now. Back to those tacos.
These. Are. Yummy.
Did I say that already? 😉
I was inspired to make these Beer Battered Fish Tacos by Belltown Pub in Seattle. I’m sure I’ve told you guys about this place before, because we get to take Teddy in there with us! They even have a doggie menu, although, we’ve never actually ordered from it. Don’t tell Teddy. 😉
Trevor and I, however, have ordered plenty of food for ourselves there and they have these amazing tacos. If I see tacos on a menu, I will order them. Normally, I’m a steak, chicken, or pork taco kinda girl, but I’ve lived in Seattle for 3 years now and I’m becoming quite the seafood loving Seattleite, so I ordered their fried cod fish tacos.
I’m so happy I did, because they did not disappoint.
Me, being me, I’ve been craving them for months now, and am just now getting around to making my own version!
The slaw is simple and delicious. Mix together your sauce ingredients, toast some almonds and sesame seeds, and toss together with pre-packaged coleslaw and freshly chopped cilantro. This slaw is so full of flavor, that I found myself munching on it by itself while the cod was frying.
Oh yea. The cod. Yum.
I had never worked with cod before, but now I’m a huge fan. The flavor is so mild and the texture is tender and flakey, but holds up nicely against the beer batter.
Which, btw, who knew a beer batter would be so easy to put together?
All you need is flour, rice flour (which makes the batter crisp and light when fried), salt, and cold beer. We used Sapporo, a tasty, light Japanese beer, to stick with our Asian theme. Nerd alert: If you want to know more about what makes beer batter so great read this article.
We coated cod pieces in the batter and then gave them a quick fry. Before Trevor and I started SMTY, I was terrified to fry things. It seemed too complicated and messy. It’s not.
If you don’t believe me, watch the video and you’ll see exactly how we do it!
The cod takes a swim (hehehe, I couldn’t resist) in the hot oil for a few minutes, until it’s golden deliciousness, we then sprinkle it with just a touch of salt, and assemble our tacos!
Flour tortilla + crispy, golden, flakey, tender, beer battered cod + toasty, crunchy, fresh coleslaw leads to shoveling Beer Battered Fish Tacos in my face for the next 20 minutes and not being sorry about it at all.
Have you ever made beer battered fish tacos? Show me the yummy!
PS – You’ll need a candy/deep fry thermometer for this recipe!
Beer Battered Fish Tacos
Equipment for this recipe
- 1/2 pound fresh cod cut into 1 oz pieces (you should have 8 pieces)
- 4 flour tortillas
- vegetable oil for frying (you'll need to fill a medium sized pan with 1 in worth)
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups coleslaw we used a pre-packed kind that included shredded cabbage and carrots
- 1/4 cup Cilantro chopped
- 1/4 cup almond slivers
- 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white rice flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold beer
- Whisk together sesame oil, rice vinegar, lime juice, honey, Sriracha, garlic, ginger, and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Toss with coleslaw and chopped cilantro. Set aside.
- Place the almond slivers and sesame seeds in a metal pan.
- Toast them over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant, about 5 - 10 minutes.
- Toss together with the coleslaw and place in the fridge until you're ready to assemble the tacos.*
- Whisk together both flours and salt.
- Stir in the cold beer and mix until no lumps remain.
- Coat each piece of fish with the batter. Each piece should have a good coating of batter.
- Heat oil to 325 - 350 degrees F.
- Working with one - two pieces at a time**, slowly place the cod in the oil until it's fully submerged.
- Use a metal slotted spoon to keep the fish from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Cook until the coating is golden and the fish is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Use the slotted spoon to remove the fish from the oil and place on a wire rack to cool.
- Sprinkle immediately with a pinch of salt.
- Repeat with remaining fish.
- Prepare the tortilla according to the package directions.
- Place two pieces of cod on each tortilla and top with the coleslaw.
- Drizzle with sour cream, if desired, and serve immediately!
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
*This is not a sponsored post. We were, however, provided with the Sapporo to make the yummy beer batter! Thanks Sapporo!