Crispy Cod Tacos Recipe


Cal/Serving: 1,742
Daily Value: 87%
Servings: 4

Vitamin A235IU5%
Vitamin C32mg53%
Thiamin (B1)2mg109%
Riboflavin (B2)1mg48%
Niacin (B3)13mg64%
Vitamin B60mg12%
Folic Acid (B9)412µg103%
Vitamin B120µg2%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E2mg10%
Vitamin K55µg69%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated7g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated4g0%
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Crispy Cod Tacos
Noah Fecks

Here's a recipe for fish tacos that you won't be able to stop eating until they're all gone. There are a lot of moving parts in this recipe, but none of them are particularly difficult to accomplish, and the layers of flavor they impart to the tacos are well worth the trouble. If you split up the different parts of the recipe with a few extra hands in the kitchen, it'll be a piece of cake.

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For the tempura batter :

  • 1 egg, whipped well
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces cold soda water
  • 1 tablespoon salt

For the pickled onion and cucumber :

  • 1 small red onion, sliced paper thin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 seedless cucumber, halved and sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon store-bought habanero salsa (optional)

For the poblano tartar sauce :

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 poblano chile, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the tacos :

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 12 equal-sized strips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil, for frying the fish
  • 2-3 cups shredded Napa cabbage
  • 12 flour tortillas


For the tempura batter :

In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together and whip to thoroughly combine. Keep very cold in the refrigerator until ready to use. (This recipe makes a considerable amount of batter, there may be extra.)

For the pickled onion and cucumber :

Place the onion in a large bowl and toss with the salt and sugar. Let marinate for about 1 hour at room temperature. After 1 hour, strain off the liquid and add the vinegar, cucumber, and habanero salsa. Keep cold in the refrigerator.

For the poblano tartar sauce :

In a large mixing bowl, toss all of the ingredients together until well combined. Keep cold in the refrigerator.

For the tacos :

Preheat the oven on the lowest temperature setting.

Place the fish into a large glass baking dish and toss with the oil, garlic, and half of the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and marinate for about 1-2 hours. Place the flour and the tempura batter into 2 separate bowls. Season the flour with salt and pepper.

Heat a saucepan filled 1/3 full with canola oil to 350 degrees. Dip each piece of fish first into the flour and then into the tempura batter. Be sure to shake off any excess batter and then fry the fish in batches until golden brown, crispy, and cooked through.

Keep the cooked fish warm in the oven on roasting racks until all of the fish is cooked. Wrap the tortillas in a paper towel and microwave briefly until warmed, about 1 minute. Toss the cabbage with the remaining lemon juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Lay out the tortillas and top each tortilla with a piece of fried fish. Spoon the tartar sauce on the fish and then finish each taco with equal parts cabbage and the pickled onion-cucumber mixture. Serve immediately.

Recipe Details

Servings: 4
Cuisine: Fish/Seafood

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