Rubios Fish Taco Recipe

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Rubio's fish taco

Here's the famous Rubios fish taco recipe.

I don't live in the US but I see that you can get two Rubios taco for $6.99 - that's probably OK for a work day lunch, but if you're taking the family out, you're looking at $28 plus drinks, say another $12 - spend the $40 on yourself and make Rubios fish tacos at home :-) 

At the bottom of this page, there's a couple of links that would also make a great alternative to a takeaway.

The batter, sauce and salsa are really useful recipes in themselves - I would also use them for canned fish tacos.

I've left the quantities in US measurements - use a mug for measuring the batter and sauce ingredients - that's about 1/2 pint (275ml)

For the beer, use a dark beer, Guinness or similar - I would open a pint bottle and exercise cook's privileges to drink what you don't need for the recipe...

Batter is best made in advance and left to stand before use - about 1 hour or so.

The recipe recommends 1 1/2 oz (75g) pieces of fish - get a couple of fillets of white fish and cut them into even shaped sticks - 12 -one for each tortilla - wash them in water with a little lemon juice added. Make sure they are dry before going into the batter by dipping them into seasoned flour. Traditionally, Rubio's are pollack - but any white fish will do.

Rubios Fish Taco Recipe

  • 12 sticks of fish - prepared as above
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • oil for deep frying

Batter for Rubios Fish Taco Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • few twists pepper

Sauce for Rubios Taco

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt

Salsa for Rubios Taco

salsa salad
  • 1 garlic clove - peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 ripe tomatoes - diced finely
  • Small red onion - peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro leaves - chopped finely
  • 2 jalapeno chillies - seeded and chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Salad for Rubios Taco

  • Finely shredded hard cabbage
  • limes - cut into wedges - you'll need 12 pieces

First make your batter - whisk the ingredients together until they're well blended and then beat a little longer to make the batter full of air bubbles 'airy'. Set aside for an hour.

Mix the sauce ingredients together and put into the fridge.

Mix the salsa ingredients together - if you can't get cilantro leaves, use fresh chopped parsley, coriander, chives or similar to your taste - I used shredded basil leaves.

Have everything ready to assemble before you cook the fish.

Before you start cooking, give the batter another whisk - this will make it airy again - vital to make it crispy.

Heat the oil in a pan - when a cube of bread floats to the top, it's ready.

Dip each piece of fish into the batter and fry until it is golden and crispy.

Cook the fish in one layer or it might 'steam' and the fish may go soggy.

Heat the tortillas in a lightly oiled pan until they are soft and hot.

Assemble as follows:-

Lay the tortilla on a plate and layer the fish, sauce, salsa and cabbage - squeeze the lime juice over it all and then fold the tortilla over the filling.

This is wonderful - not living in the US, I had never heard of Rubios fish taco recipe, but I've tried this now and it's fantastic.

I'll most certainly be cooking it again...

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Rubio's Fish Taco Recipe


Rubio's Fish Taco Recipe

Save yourself a fortune by recreating these fish tacos at home - spend the money on a holiday.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12

Main Ingredient: white fish, tortillas, salad, mayonnaise