Making Great Baja Fried-Fish Tacos!

1 cup dark beer
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1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned firm, white-fleshed fish such as Pacific cod or tilapia
Vegetable oil
12 to 16 corn tortillas, warmed $
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Cabbage and Cilantro Slaw
Chipotle Tartar Sauce
Lime wedges


  1. In a bowl, whisk beer, flour, and salt until well blended.
  2. Rinse fish and pat dry; cut crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips.
  3. Pour about 1 inch of oil into a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan (with at least 2-in.-tall sides) over medium-high heat; bring oil to 360°. With a fork, dip each piece of fish into beer batter; lift out and let drain briefly. Slide fish into oil, a few pieces at a time, and cook until golden (adjust heat to maintain 360°), turning if necessary to brown on all sides, 2 to 4 minutes per batch. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200° oven while you fry remaining fish.
  4. To assemble each taco, stack two tortillas and top with a couple of pieces of fish, then a spoonful of cabbage and cilantro slaw. Serve with the chipotle tartar sauce to add to taste and lime wedges to squeeze over the top.

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