5.02.2012

Crispy Fish Tacos


Cinco de Mayo is almost here and I thought it would be the perfect occasion to share my favorite fish taco recipe. 


I first fell in love with fish tacos when I went to Mexico a few years ago. We went to the BEAUTIFUL state of Oaxaca and then we made our way to Veracruz where I had the most amazing crispy fish tacos. 


I had to ask the lady who was making the tacos, "Cual es el secreto para el taco de pezcado perfecto?"  (what's the secret to the perfect fish taco?) She smiled, probably thinking no way lady, I won't tell you. But after a while she said, "All right,  here it is, very simple: Add a little bit of corn starch to the batter".  Uh? Really? She probably didn't give it all away but that tip definitely helped. I don't normally cook with cornstarch but there is no way I'm making these tacos without it. They really do come out super crispy and the fish remains moist and soft.


The corn salad is a beautiful addition. You can eat it on the side or just add it to the tacos. I also made chipotle mayo which gives them a fantastic smoky flavor without being overwhelmingly spicy. 


If you are having a party this weekend and need a dessert, head over this tres leches recipe, it never disappoints.  




Ingredients:

for the corn salad

3 ears fresh corn, husked with silks removed
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
olive oil to drizzle over the salad
the juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Heat grill to high and grill the corn until charred on all sides. When ready, remove the kernels with a sharp knife. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients, cover and set aside until needed. 

chipotle mayonnaise

1 cup of mayonnaise
the juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Puree all the ingredients in a food processor. Season to taste.

For the Tacos

3 fish fillet (I used tilapia) Cut into strips 
I got 4 strips per fillet.
salt and pepper

the batter

1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1 1/2 to 2 cups beer (I used corona)
salt and pepper

corn tortillas
red cabbage, finely shredded
vegetable oil for frying

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the flour, corn starch, cayenne pepper salt and pepper. Add the beer and whisk until smooth. The mix should look like a pancake batter (on the thicker side). In a skillet, add vegetable oil about to 2-inches deep and heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Season the fish with salt and pepper, dip the fish strips into the batter and carefully place in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. To assemble the tacos place one piece of fried fish in a warm tortilla and garnish with cabbage, chipotle mayonnaise and corn salad. Serve immediately.

20 comments:

  1. Everything about these is perfect (Big time fish taco fan here!)

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    1. Thak you!! I hear you, they are pretty addictive :)

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  2. Oh my, I want this NOW!

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  3. This looks ... ahhh-mazing! But uh. quick question? I know this sounds like a silly question, but where does one purchase chipotles for the mayonaise? and if there aren't available, what are some other alternatives? Thank youu! <3

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    1. Hello, chipotle in adobo sauce is really easy to find, if not you can spice up the mayo with your favorite hot sauce.
      Thank you!

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  4. What a stunning roundup!
    Have a great weekend

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  5. Wonderful pictures! So colourful, it seems full of flavours! This is something I would like to taste :-)

    Marian

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  6. Happened across this recipe on Pinterest and knew I needed to try it. Made them last night for my boyfriend and I and was absolutely blown away! We both loved them! The corn salad is even better today and I am drooling thinking about what else I can put the chipotle mayonnaise on. I am now a devoted reader of your blog!

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  7. nice opinion. thanks for posting.

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  8. when I was a little kid, my dad took me to ensenada and I had some awesome fish tacos. I have never had anything close to them until now, 30 years later.Something like creme fresh was used as a kid but this chipotle sauce works magnificently. My font size can't get any bigger to express how good these are. Thank you so much for helping me find these fish tacos.

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    1. Victor, thank you so much for sharing your story with me. It makes me happy to know that and i'm really glad
      you like the recipe! xx

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  9. These fish tacos look amazing. We first had fish tacos in San Diego. Delicious.

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  10. Made these for the second time tonight...my girls (ages 4 & 1), husband and I LOVE them!! Thanks for the delicious recipe

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that! Thank YOU so much!!!

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  11. these were amazing! thank you!

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  12. Let me preface my comment by saying I own a meal planning service specializing in light, delicious food. That being said, sometimes my family still just indulges a bit. My son requested Fish Tacos for his birthday dinner and I found your recipe (tried them last night). The best Fish Tacos I have ever had. Family (and my son's friends) gobbled them. I made NO changes. The corn salad, the chipotle mayonnaise. Just Spot... On... Perfect. I can't recommend this recipe enough. You have a new devoted follower!

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    1. Thank you sooo much! I'm really happy you liked them and happy birthday to your son!

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