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Spanish Crispy Fish Tapas Recipe | Quick & Easy 30 Minute Recipe

This Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli, known in Spain as Pavías de Bacalao, is one of the most popular tapas dishes that hail from Sevilla. We´re talking beer battered fish fillets that are crispy on the outside, served next to a delicious mayo aioli and all done in under 30 minutes.

Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli
You can serve this dish as a tapas appetizer like they do in Sevilla, or even as a main course. It pairs perfectly next to some roasted potatoes and a garden salad. Either way, serve this dish next to a cold beer or a bottle of chilled Spanish white wine for the ultimate experience.

Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli
To make this recipe I used cod fillets I bought frozen & thawed out. You can also use fresh cod if you like, as well as any other type of firm white fish. To make the batter I used beer, but you can substitute for club soda if beer is not your thing.

Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: It took me 2 to 3 minutes per side to fully cook the cod fillets. However, every pan and stove top heats differently, so it might take you less or more. Depending also on the thickness of the fillets you are using.

Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli
5 from 2 votes

Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli | Pavías de Bacalao

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 683 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 180 grams
  • 1 tsp baking powder 4 grams
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt 1.5 grams
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup cold beer 177 ml
  • 3 cod fillets 7 oz / 200 grams each


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 1 cup sunflower oil 240 ml
  • 1 lemon
  • handful fresh parsley


  1. Add 1 cup (120 grams) flour into a large bowl, along with 1 tsp (4 grams) baking powder and 1/4 tsp (1.5 grams) sea salt, whisk together, then make a well in the middle, crack in the egg and pour in the beer, whisk together until you get a creamy batter with no lumps

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium to medium-high heat, add in the sunflower oil

  3. Meanwhile, pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels, then season with sea salt & black pepper and cut each fillet into smaller handheld pieces

  4. Coat the cod fillets in 1/2 cup (60 grams) flour and then in the beer batter, making sure to fully coat them through

  5. Once the oil is nice and hot, about 8 to 10 minutes, add in the coated pieces of cod, making sure to shake off any excess batter and all in a single layer, fry for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden fried and the fish is cooked through, then transfer over a wire rack with paper towels underneath

  6. To make the aioli, add in the mayonnaise into a bowl, finely grate in the garlic, finely grate the zest of half a lemon, add 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice and 1 tbsp (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt & black pepper and whisk together

  7. Transfer the aioli into a serving dish and the pieces of fried fish, garnish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Fish with Garlic Aioli | Pavías de Bacalao
Amount Per Serving
Calories 683 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 27g
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 728mg32%
Potassium 778mg22%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Debbie

    Love this – thank you

    17 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you liked it! Much love 🙂

      18 . Aug . 2023
  2. Karen

    5 stars
    This was delicious and easy to make. My family prefers a little more salt, but that is the only change I’ll make.

    16 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      16 . Aug . 2023
  3. Estrella

    5 stars
    Love all your recipes. I was born in Madrid. My parents immigrated
    to Cañada 🇨🇦 in 1964. We try to go every year to visit . I love all of Spain. Thank you all your wonderful delicious recipes.
    Thank you for the beautiful memories.

    14 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      16 . Jul . 2023
  4. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu and vegan mayo i never had crispy fish with garlic aioli before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    14 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      16 . Jul . 2023

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