Mama Dee's Fish Tacos, 2 Ways

Dee Stillwell


We love fish tacos in California. I used to make them with fried fish only but lately, I have been making them with grilled fish. Talapia doesn't grill well because it's thin so I use cod, roughy, snapper, and even halibut. The tacos are then made the same way as with the fried fish. Enjoy!
I will add a link to the tartar sauce in the comments. If desired you can use a tempura batter mix to coat the fish. When I do this, I still add the seasonings and replace the water with beer. Taste is awesome. Enjoy!
My latest shortcut is using frozen Van de Camps whole fish fillets. Easy & taste great.


★★★★★ 3 votes

about 12 tacos - serves 4 - 12, depending on hunger level
20 Min
10 Min


  • 1 lb
    talapia or other white fish
  • 1 pkg
    tempura batter mix, following instructions in notes or u can use the flour & seasonings below
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
    lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1/2
    bag of slaw mix
  • about 3 c
    shreaded romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 - 2
    limes (2 if you want to add more with toppings)
  • 2
    tomatoes, diced
  • 1
    avacado, sliced or diced
  • 2
    dozen 6 inch corn tortillas
  • 2 c
    canola oil to fry fish
  • ·
    homemade pico de gallo, sour cream & extra lime for topping if desired

How to Make Mama Dee's Fish Tacos, 2 Ways


  1. Heat oil in deep fryer or a deep skillet to 350 degrees. Cut fish into sticks about 1" x 3". Dry with paper towels and set aside.
    Option #1: Use batter from mix to coat and fry fish or
    Option #2: You can make it with the seasoned flour coating. Mix flour and seasonings in a shallow dish. Dredge fish in flour mixture and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
    Option #3: One I have used as a short cut lately and it tastes great. I use Van De Kamp fish sticks that are made with whole fish fillets. Bake them in the oven until crispy. This is the way I made them for the picture.
    Option #4 Grill or broil the fish and make your tacos lighter even with all the toppings..
  2. It is best to make the tartar sauce several hrs ahead so flavors will marry.
    Place 1/2 of a bag of slaw mix and the lettuce in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of a 1 lime and chili powder over slaw mix and toss together. Set aside.
  3. Heat corn tortillas in the microwave until soft and warm. Stack 2 tortillas together and assemble tacos this way: smear 1 - 2 Tbl. tartar sauce onto tortilla and then 3 - 4 fish sticks, slaw, tomatoes, avacado, more lime or not, pico de gallo And sour cream if desired. Enjoy!

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About Mama Dee's Fish Tacos, 2 Ways

Course/Dish: Fish Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Mexican

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