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


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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
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)
tomatoes, diced
avacado, sliced or diced
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


  • 1Heat 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..
  • 2It 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.
  • 3Heat 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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