Baja Fish Tacos

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


8 servings

Updated: Mar. 23, 2023
Crisp mahi mahi pans out beautifully when dressed up with fresh lime, cilantro and smoky adobo. One bite and you’ll be hooked on these baja fish tacos! —Brooke Keller, Lexington, Kentucky


  • 1 cup reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 pounds mahi mahi, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 16 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • Additional minced fresh cilantro and lime wedges


  1. In a small bowl, combine the salad dressing, adobo sauce, cilantro and lime juice. Chill until serving.
  2. Sprinkle mahi mahi with salt and pepper. Place the flour, eggs and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Coat mahi mahi with flour, then dip in eggs and coat with bread crumbs. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook fish in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Place fish in tortillas; top with cabbage, sauce mixture and additional cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Baja Fish Taco Tips

What does Baja fish mean?

Baja refers to the Northwestern peninsula in Mexico between the Gulf of California and the Pacific. Baja tacos feature lean, flakey white fish topped with fresh shredded cabbage, sauce and lime.

Are fish tacos authentic Mexican food?

Fish tacos can be found in many places across the world, but the Baja truly introduced them to Americans. Want more authentic Mexican food? Try our huevos rancheros, churros and tamales.

What sides go good with fish tacos?

Lots of sides go good with fish tacos, including black beans, tomato-avocado salad and Spanish rice. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

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