Outer Banks Fish Tacos

 In Coastal Lifestyle, Food & Dining, Seafood

Fish tacos on the Outer Banks are of no shortage. It’s a matter of catch and cook that makes them popular. Basically, whichever freshly caught seafood came in that day is what is wrapped up in these bites of tortilla heaven and served. And my goodness our fabulous OBX Restaurants with fish tacos serve up the most unique tastes on the east coast.

Outer Banks fish tacos are simple, yet delicious!

This “humble delicacy” consists of lightly battered mild white fish that is deep fried, then served in a corn or flour tortilla with shredded cabbage, a thin sour-cream or mayonnaise based sauce, topped with salsa and spritz of lime juice. For a more health-giving option, grilled instead of fried fish packs just as much flavor for a delightful wholesome taco.

Where it all began

Allegedly the traditional fish taco recipe originates from Baja California. Baja is a Mexican state on the Baja California Peninsula, bordering the U.S. state of California. Baja California is a tourist destination that is known for its sport fishing and occasional heavy surf. It is said that seasoned travelers and surfers have long considered fish tacos an integral part of the Baja experience.

Fish tacos today have become highly versatile.

Depending on the direction of flavor that the creator of the taco wants to go with, to the type of fish being used. Lettuce and various other greens can be substituted in place of the traditional cabbage recipe. Down to what the salsa consists of – adding fruit such as mangos, strawberries and even kiwis can add a sweet twist to a summertime salsa recipe. To lastly, the fresh and flavorful topping sauce that brings the taste of the taco all together.

Rundown Cafe

Over the years Rundown has traveled the world to gather recipes and ideas. The result is an electric fusion of Pacific Rim and Caribbean cuisine.

Baja California Fish Tacos

2 lightly fried fish tacos served with cabbage, tomatoes, and their Baja sauce. Accompanied by black beans, toasted coconut rice, and salsa.

I Got Your Crabs

A locally owned and family operated restaurant in Kitty Hawk. While blue crabs will always be their focus, they’re proud to serve a variety of seafood for dine in or take out.

You have got to try their Award-winning tacos.

Your choice of seafood served in a soft, flour tortilla with cheddar cheese, cabbage slaw, house made mango salsa, and spicy drizzle sauce. The two types of fish on the menu that can be used for tacos is fried flounder and fried catfish.

Mulligans Raw Bar & Grille

The experience and location create the perfect setting for authentic coastal dining at Mulligans. Situated between the timeless oceanfront homes on historic cottage row and Jockey’s Ridge. The menu at Mulligans evolves seasonally with local seafood and other fresh ingredients.

Southern Cali Fish Tacos

Fried rockfish on three flour tortillas topped with pico de gallo, cilantro-lime slaw and Cajun tartar.

The closer you are to the ocean, the fresher the fish tacos will be. Growing up on the Outer Banks exposes you to many different types of fish. Types of fish that can be caught locally and made into tacos are:

Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Flounder, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and Sea Mullet.
Lionfish and sometimes Cobia can be used in tacos but are more commonly used for ceviche.

outer banks seafood tacosWhen in season, some restaurants around the Outer Banks will feature a special on fish tacos. Many have Taco Tuesdays or Taco Thursdays that include their own personal twist on a fish taco. This is when you get to taste the true authentic style of what each OBX Restaurant has to offer.

Local seafood is the taste of summer. For some other variations of tacos, READ HERE for some tasty seafood taco recipes from 3 of our local restaurants – Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant, Tortugas’ Lie, and Goombay’s Grille & Raw Bar – all which will tickle your taste buds. Now you can make them in your own kitchen.

Here are some of the OBX Restaurants with fish tacos year round!

Ike's Bites

Ike’s Bites ‘N More

Uncle Ike's
Uncle Ike’s Sandbar & Grill
Sunset Grille - Logo
Sunset Grille & Raw Bar
The Lounge @ North Banks
SandTrap Tavern
SandTrap Tavern
Mako's Beach Grille
Mako’s Beach Grille & Bar
Barefoot Bernie's
Barefoot Bernie’s
Goombays Grille & Raw Bar
Goombays Grille & Raw Bar
Dirty Dick's Crab House
Dirty Dick’s Crab House
Tortugas Lie Logo
Tortugas Lie
Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant
Fish Heads
Fish Heads Bar & Grill
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