White fish is lightly battered, fried until crispy, and served with a slightly-spicy sauce for crispy fish tacos with Cajun mayo.
I haven’t always been a fan of seafood. I was super picky growing up and, even though I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I didn’t even try salmon until I was an adult. Gradually, though, my taste bud horizons expanded and I discovered the deliciousness of fish and shellfish.
Now, these fish tacos are a staple on our monthly menu plans. I realize fried fish isn’t too healthy, but we rarely fry anything at home and, and when it comes to breading and hot oil, I’d say we get the most bang for our frying buck by making these crispy fish tacos.
The batter puffs up and creates the perfect golden crunch around the tender, flaky fish. The Cajun mayo is light and provides just the right hint of heat. You could serve your tacos with lettuce or shredded cheese or salsa, but to be honest, we love to just let these two star ingredients shine.
Crispy Fish Tacos with Cajun Mayo
adapted from Delicious Shots
For the Fish
3-4 fish fillets (I use tillapia)
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tbs. cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning (you really should be using Tony’s; there’s nothing like it)
1 3/4 c. seltzer water, lemon-lime soda, or beer
For the Mayo
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. Tony’s
1 tsp. lemon juice
a few dashes of hot sauce
If frozen, thaw fish completely. Pat it dry and cut fillets into strips. In a large skillet or pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. You want it to reach 350 degrees (this is the thermometer I use). In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, and Cajun seasoning. Add the liquid and mix well. Batter should be the consistency of pancake batter.
Put all the fish fillets in the batter and dunk them. Working in batches of 5 or 6 pieces, transfer the fish from the batter to the hot oil. Allow them to cook a minute or two one side and then flip. You want the batter to be a light golden brown on both sides. Remove fish to drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
To make the mayo, whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Serve hot on tortillas with Cajun mayo and taco toppings of your choosing.
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Elly Leavitt says
Wowowow that looks amazing! I’m going through a fish taco phase and am seriously obsessed with finding new recipes. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks, Elly! This one is definitely a keeper.
Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple says
Ooooh YUM!! MY boyfriend would love these!
Thanks, Liz! We sure do 🙂
Jenna @ A Savory Feast says
I just made fish tacos last night! I just seasoned mine instead of battering them and fried in coconut oil. But this crispy version would be even better!
You’re so much healthier than us! In most dishes, I skip breading/batter and go with baking instead of frying, but there’s just something so delectable about the crispy, fluffy outside when these are fried. Try it 🙂
Cajun may sounds INCREDIBLE. I’m not a huge fish person, but I may try this with chicken!!
I don’t care for a lot of fish, and my husband doesn’t really like it at all. But he DEVOURS these tacos. They’d be awesome with chicken, too, but think about giving fish a try 🙂
These look delicious! I make something really similar and its so good!! Lately I’ve been frying fish and chicken in coconut oil because its such a healthy oil and lots of health benefits and it doesn’t taste like coconut at all! At least the kind I was using. So I don’t feel bad about frying stuff so much anymore. 😀
I really need to give that a try. We fry so infrequently that I don’t feel too bad using vegetable or peanut oil, but there’s no reason not to have a good excuse to do it more often!
Cristina @ I Say Nomato says
Nothing can beat battered fish! That’s how I judge a place – if it’s breaded I just don’t order it. I’ve never tried to make it myself though! Thanks for this recipe 🙂
Battered is definitely the way to go! And it’s surprisingly easy to do. I have very little experience battering or frying, but this recipe turned out amazing the very first time I made it.
April R - Uncookie Cutter says
I LOVE fish tacos and these sound great! The cajun mayo sounds perfect – pinning! Thanks for linking up at You Link It, We Make It – Hope to see you back tomorrow!
Thanks, April! They’re quickly becoming a favorite in our house, too.