World's Best Fish Tacos

Mahi Tacos @ OB's South Beach Bar & Grille (photo courtesy of
I attempted to re-create the best fish taco’s known to mankind, which can be found in Ocean Beach, San Diego at a local fav, South Beach Bar & Grille. I've had fish tacos across the US, Mexico, and Australia...and to this day, nothing compares to the world famous fish tacos in OB. I’ve done my research and this is almost as good! It's one of my all-time fav recipes, so enjoy :) 


Pre note: It's best to prepare and marinate some of the items in advance, so whipping up the salsa and cilantro sauce ahead of time is helpful! Also, marinate the fish for at least 1 hour...but overnight marinating would overpower the delicate white fish, so I'd recommend 1-2 hours ;)

Yields: varies

  • Mahi 
  • Cheddar cheese 
  • Purple cabbage 
  • Few Limes 
  • Flour tortillas 
  • Pineapple-Teriyaki Marinade
    • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
    • 5 oz Soy sauce (~0.63 cups)  
    • 1 cup Crushed Pineapple
  • Salsa Fresca
    • Onion, diced 
    • Tomato, diced
    • Garlic cloves, minced
    • Cilantro, chopped
  • Cilantro Sauce
    • 1 tbsp. Cilantro leaves, chopped (fresh)
    • 1 tbsp. Jalapeno pepper, chopped
    • 1 Garlic clove
    • 1/2 Lime, juice and zest
    • 2 tbsp. Plain yogurt
    • 1 tbsp. Mayonnaise
    • 1 tbsp. Sour cream
  1. Prepare
    1. Marinate: Mix the brown sugar and soy sauce together and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add crushed pineapple. Marinate the mahi in the Pineapple-Teriyaki Marinade for 1-2 hours.
    2. Yogurt sauce: puree the cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, and lime juice with zest. In a separate bowl, add the yogurt, mayonnaise and sour cream, and then fold the puree in. Cover and refrigerate. 
    3. Salsa fresca: quantities to your satisfaction. 
  2. Grill
    1. Fire up the bbq! Grill the mahi to your satisfaction. Note: mahi cooks through quickly, so keep an eye on it...but a little charring on the edges is a flavorful plus! 
    2. Warm the tortillis on the grill and melt some cheese on one side of the tortilla. 
    3. Assemble the goods, top with the cilantro sauce and serve with some sliced limes (to squeeze the juice over the tacos)! 
    4. ¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!)
Mahi Tacos @ OB's South Beach Bar (photo courtesy of

Mahi Tacos @ OB's South Beach Bar (photo courtesy of
I guess I'll have to make these so I can get my own photos...someone get hungry!
^As a follow's round one:

Keywords: fish, tacos, mexican, grilled, bbq, mahi, ob, ocean beach, south beach, grill, california, ca.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the sugar and pineapple additions. As an fyi, I'm pretty much positive that their white sauce is simply hidden valley ranch dressing

Megs said...

Dude, you're right on the ranch dressing! I originally went off memory for the mahi tacos...but just ate there and you're right. Thanks for the tip. Best damn tacos ever.

Billy and Shelly's Great Adventure said...

Winning! After 15 years of bumping around Sandy Eggo, I finally hit South Beach Bar and Grill and O.B. All my local buds did not lie! South Beach tacos are the best!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe! Just spent taco tuesday with my family by a lake in Finland and made these. Everybody loved them (also the ones who have eaten the original ones at O.B.)!
-Riina, Finland

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