Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Baja Fish Tacos

Matt loves a good fish taco. While I on the other hand am almost embarrassed to say I'd never tried one, mainly because of the mistaken notion that I wouldn't like them. It's not that strange a notion really. Let's face it, I am a child of the 80's in the Midwest. To me a taco was a hard shell containing ground beef, lettuce, cheese, tomato & sour cream, preferably from Taco Bell. Fancy Mexican food was Chi Chi's.
Baja Fish Taco
Well, moving to San Francisco really opened my eyes to what Mexican food is plus Matt loves to make it at home. So, I discovered the joys of burritos, tamales, fajitas and soft tacos but I still hadn't given in to the fish taco. Until this week that is. We had some tortillas left over from making quesadillas & some nice cabbage from our CSA box so Matt sent me to the store for some firm white fish.

Ok I'm sold, this is delicious. The sauce was amazing, a little tart, a little sweet & a little spicy.

Baja Fish Tacos

1/4 c mayonnaise
1/4 c plain yogurt
1 1/2 T lime juice
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t dried dill
1/4 t dried oregano
1/8 t cayenne (or more to taste)
3/4 c firm white fish filets
1/2 c flour
6-oz beer
1/2 t salt
vegetable oil (We used peanut. You want something that can handle a high heat so olive oil won't work)
2 c cabbage, sliced
flour tortillas (we used large tortillas & needed 4, if you use taco size you'll probably need 6)

Whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, lime juice, cumin, dill, oregano & cayenne. Set aside.

Whisk the flour, beer & salt together. Cut the fish into your desired size.

In a pot with tall sides heat enough oil to cover your pieces of fish until very hot. Dip the fish in the batter & then carefully place into the pot. Do not crowd your pot, you'll have to do your fish in batches most likely. When the fish is crispy & golden brown use a slotted spoon to remove it from the oil & place it on a paper towel covered plate to drain. Repeat to cook all the fish.

Place some cabbage in the middle of each tortilla. Top with the sauce & fish. Roll up & eat.

Serves 2

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15 comments:

Lisa said...

Fish tacos are a favorite of mine. These look delicious!

Maria said...

I love fish tacos! We usually use grilled fish. So tasty!

Tangled Noodle said...

Fish tacos are so delicious but I can never seem to cook the fish to the same crispiness that make it so good! I could grill but I prefer the crunchy texture. I'm all for trying again, if it will come out as perfect-looking as yours!

Rose said...

I've never had a fish taco either for the same reason - don't think I'll like it. But I might have to try it after reading your post!

Jen said...

I love fish tacos. Yours sound great.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I love fish tacos. Have yet to try the fried version though: this looks delicious!

Lori said...

I LOVE fish tacos. It is usually what I order at the Mexican restaurant that we love so dearly. YUM!

Anonymous said...

Looks great. I'm going to try them. We had halibut tacos in Seattle at - Agua Verde (http://www.aguaverde.com/) by the Univ. of Washington. Its on the Lake Washington canal. They're delicious. Recommend highly....

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Tara said...

Ooh these take me back... I used to eat fish tacos as a little kid when I lived in California with my parents. I'll definitely have to try making some of my own, thanks!

Ben said...

In the coasts of Mexico you will find the most exquisite fish tacos ever. They are nothing like the ones I've had here in the US and unfortunately I don't have enough fish knowledge to do them myself :( Maybe we could go on a culinary vacation to the coasts of Jalisco to change that? :-p

darnold23 said...

I absolutely love fish tacos---especially those from the Baja area. Thanks for the recipe.

Peter M said...

KAt, one of my fondest food memories in SF (no one calls it San Fran) were the array of fish & seafood tacos and burritos. I could eat this for breakfast.

Deborah said...

I haven't had fish tacos in much too long!!

toontz said...

Kat-
Made these tonight for the family. Everyone gobbled them up! Like you, I was never very interested in eating a fish taco. After tonight, they are on my list of must haves. The sauce really made them special. Thanks for a great recipe.

Anonymous said...

Is a fish taco SHAPED like a fish?

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