These Baja Fish Tacos are perfectly crunchy and Paleo!
These Baja fish tacos are delicious. You’ll never miss the flour in the batter. Or the vegetable oil for that matter. Coconut oil for the win, as always. We seriously go through a jar a week. I’d love to hear your favorite ways that you use coconut oil!
I always use my wok when I’m frying things. Since it’s so well seasoned nothing sticks and the surface area is the perfect size for about a half cup of oil. I don’t use enough to cover whatever I’m frying. It’s easy enough to flip the fish to the other side. You won’t waste too much oil this way! If you don’t have a wok you can use a shallow pot or pan.
If you’re not strict Paleo I would recommend substituting the water in the batter for beer or gluten-free beer. It’s still fantastic without the beer though! The batter is so light and crispy. I used to hate dining out and the fried foods were so battered that all you tasted was the batter and rancid vegetable oils. No thank you!
If you need a salsa recipe this one for Pico de Gallo is great! I also love this recipe from The Pioneer Women for Restaurant Style Salsa, simply leave out the sugar if you’re Paleo and use her recipe!
Baja Fish Tacos
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Ingredients for the Fish
- 1 lb tilapia
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- sea salt (to taste)
- Coconut oil (for frying)
- 4 Collard leaves
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 Avocado (sliced)
- 4 tablespoons salsa
- 1 Jalapeño (sliced)
- Lime wedges (for serving)
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
- Heat oil in a small wok or pan over medium high heat.
- Mix together the tapioca flour, water, egg, paprika, cayenne, and salt.
- Dip tilapia fillets in the batter to coat.
One at a time place the fillets in the oil and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. While hot, season fillets with salt to taste. You can also use an air fryer to cook the tilapia.
- Repeat with remaining fillets.
- Using the collard leaves as taco shells place shredded cabbage in each shell and top with tilapia, sliced avocado, sliced jalapeño, and salsa.
- Serve with lime wedges.