Fish Tacos — Mmm Delish!

The mystique of a ‘fish taco’ is something that has intrigued me ever since I moved to the USA.  Well, moreover because it sounded kinda gross.  But then I thought peanut butter and chocolate together sounded gross.  Lets face it, I didn’t know any better – thankfully, I have since been redeemed.

I was watching the Food Network one day (no, not Rachel Ray…) and saw Tyler Florence’s ‘The Ultimate Fish Tacos’ , and well, figuring I am always willing to try the ‘Ultimate’  version of anything (particularly booze aka alcohol) I would give them a go. I have made these a few times and have tweaked the recipe to my tastes, below is my take. The verdict — DELISH! 

fish taco assembled 

Be forewarned, all the bits and pieces take time – either have a bunch of people help you, or prepare the chipotle mayo the day before, and the salsa the day of — no point being too tired to eat your tasty tacos!

 Chipotle Mayo

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 chipotles in adobo, plus 3 tablespoons of adobo sauce (I like it spicy, cut it back to 3 chipotles if you like it mild)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper — for seasoning
  • Throw all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth – refrigerate until you are ready to eat.

    chipotle mayo 

    Mango Salsa 

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 mangoes, medium dice
  • 5 red radishes, medium dice
  • 1 small red onion, small dice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper — for seasoning
  • Prepare a couple hours beforehand if possible, simply add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix!

    Mango and Radish salsa 

    The Fish

    Here’s a tip — Trader Joes has Mahi Mahi for about $5.00 a lb, its in the frozen food section.  I’ve also used fresh Flounder – but at $24.00 a lb at Whole Foods, it makes some expensive fish tacos!!

  • 2 pounds mahi mahi (skinned, boned and cleaned) cut into 1-ounce strips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying (about 3/4 of a cup)
  • Salt and pepper – for seasoning
  • Step 1. Get 3 medium sized dishes – on dish No. 1 add the flour and season with pepper and salt.  On dish No. 2 add the eggs and water.  One dish No. 3 add the breadcrumbs — you now have a breading station! 

    I find the easiest is to have dish No. 1 the furthest away from the pan, that way once you finish crumbing in dish No. 3 you can plonk them straight into the oil.

    Step 2. Now heat the oil – medium to high heat (you want it to be about 375F).  If you dont have a thermometer (like me) just drop a small piece of crumbed fish in and see if it bubbles around the edges, if its not bubbling, crank up the heat!

    Step 3. Now that you have your oil heating and your breading station all set up, cut the pieces of fish into strips about 1 inch wide (depending on your tastes) strips. Dust the pieces of fish in flour, then transfer them to the egg, coating, and then to the breadcrumbs. Once all the fish is breaded deep-fry in small batches until golden brown, draining on paper towel to remove excess oil. Keep warm until ready to serve.

    fish for fish tacos 

     Additional Taco Accompaniments

  • 1/2 head savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked
  • 3 limes, cut into wedges for garnish
  • 16 small flour tortillas  – I like to toast each side of the tortillas for extra flavour, simply add to a heated pan (no oil) until toasty
  • the spread for fish tacos 

    Throw it all in a tortilla, squeeze a lime edge over it and tuck in.  Mmmmmmm getting hungry just thinking about ’em – is it bad to lick my computer monitor????

    fish taco closeup

    4 thoughts on “Fish Tacos — Mmm Delish!

    1. Oh, yum! I love fish tacos but have pretty much always relied on Baja Fresh for them; didn’t occur to me to make them. Yours look better (much more generous filling, for one thing). Lovely photos!

    2. I’m gonna pass on the ushroom dish since they are NOT my favorite veggie! But yumm for the Tacos. And the picture looks great .. how did you avoid just eatng the nice cooked fish??? We do ours with Halibut and cheat .. buy the mango salsa at Costco .. I think it is peach-mango.

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