Regional Foods: San Diego Fish Taco Recipe

March 01, 2016

Regional Foods: San Diego Fish Taco Recipe

Ask anyone in San Diego what the official food of the city is, and they will definitely tell you it’s the Fish Taco.  And while admittedly some of the uninitiated don’t think it sounds all that great – one bite instantly changes their mind.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: Makes six tacos


  • 1 cup Tempura Flour
  • 3/4 soda water
  • 1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning or seafood seasoning
  • 1 1/4 pounds white fish, skinned, deboned and patted dry - sliced into 1" x 3" pieces
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup green salsa
  • 6 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup green cabbage, shredded
  • Hot sauce & lime wedges for serving


  1. Whisk flour, soda water and Old Bay in a large bowl until smooth. Heat a couple inches of oil to 360 degrees F in a deep sided pan or pot. Combine sour cream & salsa in a small bowl, mix well and set aside. Dip fish into batter until well coated and gently shake off excess. Carefully slide into the oil and cook until lightly golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and dry on paper towels.
  2. Put some sour cream mix on a tortilla, add cabbage, the fish and top with some hot sauce and a squeeze of lime.

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