Grilled Baja Fish Taco Recipe

This recipe is my homage to all those delicious taco Tuesdays, and I make these all summer long. These grilled baja fish tacos are a copycat recipe from South Beach Bar & Grill in San Diego, where they were an unbeatable treat along with their fried counterparts when I lived there.

These grilled Baja fish tacos are a great choice if you’re looking to branch out from chicken and steak in your taco filling repertoire because they’re easy to make and bursting with flavor.

Perfect Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

Grilled Baja Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo Salsa 🔗

When I lived in San Diego, grilled Baja fish tacos from my favorite taco bar were an unbeatable treat! These tacos are my homage to all those delicious nights, and I make these all throughout the summer.

Prep: 15min

Total: 25min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 549 kcal, Carbohydrate 43 g, Protein 47 g, Fat 22 g, Saturated Fat 9 g, Cholesterol 116 mg, Sodium 1034 mg, Fiber 5 g, Sugar 7 g, unSaturated Fat 10 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 1 large tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (diced (seeds removed for a milder salsa))
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs. fish (I use Opah or mahi mahi, but cod also works. Cut into 8 strips*)
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1/4 red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 8 tsp hot sauce (I use Valentina)
  • 8 tsp ranch
  • 2 limes (cut into wedges)


  1. Salsa: Mix ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. Can be made a day in advance.
  2. To pan fry: heat your olive oil in a pan over medium to medium-high heat and add in the pieces of fish. Cook your fish for 2 to 3 minutes per side until they are cooked through.To grill (preferred method): cook over direct heat for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  3. (Optional) Heat the tortillas on the grill until warm.
  4. Top each tortilla in this order: cheese on the bottom, then the fish, cabbage, salsa, ranch, hot sauce, and finally a big squeeze of lime.


What are Baja fish tacos made of?

What kind of fish to use for fish tacos: Popular white fish for fish tacos include halibut, tilapia, mahi mahi, snapper, cod, bass, and catfish.

What does Baja Fish Taco mean?

Every bite of the fried fish is bursting with flavor but is still light and fresh enough for a perfect summer meal! Baja Fish Tacos are soft tortilla shells stuffed with crispy beer battered cod and topped with pico de gallo and the perfect cilantro ranch dressing!

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