Fish tacos and summer are a match made in tastebud heaven. Something about the lightness of the fish and the freshness of the taco really make for a delicious meal when it is hot outside. This version uses fried fish, which it another favorite summer treat of mine. Make little "fish nuggets" is really not much trouble at all since the fish fry so quickly and since the pieces are bite size. I do a double dip breading system and use lime juice and cayenne pepper for freshness and heat. The result is super crispy fish and then I go nuts with the other toppings. For these tacos, I used avocado slices, fresh cilantro, pickled onion, mango salsa, and quick red cabbage slaw (recipes for the mango salsa and slaw will be forthcoming!). I see this whole process as more of "assembling" dinner, rather than cooking it because everything comes together so quickly. Mark and I both really loved this meal so I hope you give it a try and enjoy it just as much!
Fried Fish Tacos
3/4 lb. Swai (or other white fish) Fillet
1/2 cup corn meal
1 tsp. paprika
dash of cayenne
vegetable oil or frying
salt and pepper
Taco Toppings: avocado, salsa, onions, cabbage slaw, sour cream, cilantro, etc.
1. Set up a battering station with two bowls: one with the dry ingredients (corn meal, paprika, cayenne, and 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper) and the other bowl with the juice from one lime. 2. Rinse and pat the fillet very dry. Cut the fish into 1-inch pieces and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
3. Do a double dip coating, meaning that you coat the fish once in flour, then into the lime juice, then back into the flour so that it will get very crispy in the oil.
4. Fry in 1/2 inch of hot oil for about 3-4 minutes per side (or until golden brown). The first batch will go the slowest and subsequent batches will brown up faster.
5. Remove the little fish nuggets from the oil to a plate that you've lined with a paper towel to soak up any excess grease.
They should be perfectly cook and flaking apart on the inside!
6. Create your tacos by first putting down the pieces of fish and then adding whatever toppings you like.
Finish it off with sour cream, roll up and enjoy!