Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fish Tacos

Here's what's for supper tonight, courtesy of Cook's Illustrated The Best Skillet Recipes.  Lots of yummy recipes in this book!  This recipe is one of my favorites, and once I learned the right order to prepare it all in, it's a pretty quick meal.  Eun Hui, the California girl, even pronounced it "authentic".  The recipe calls for cod, but I tend to buy cheaper fish, like tilapia or swai, which has the advantage of frying much faster, too.  The chipotle mayonnaise is excellent on sandwiches as well, so don't worry if you make too much!

Fish Tacos
Chipotle Mayonnaise
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 T lime juice
1-3 tsp. minced chipotle pepper
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1 T minced cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together and set aside

¼ head green cabbage (12 oz.), shredded (about 4 cups)
1 tsp. vegetable oil
3 T minced onion
½ tsp. salt
2 T cider vinegar

Mix all ingredients together and set aside

½ cup flour
1 tsp. salt & ½ tsp. pepper
1 T chili powder
1 ½ lbs. white fish, cut into strips

You will need oil for frying, and tortillas for serving.  The recipe suggests corn tortillas, but I usually have flour on hand, so I use those.
Whisk together the flour, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.  Dredge fish gently, letting excess flour fall back in bowl.  (Can shake gently in a mesh strainer to remove excess).  Heat about ½ inch of oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Oil is ready when a little piece of the chopped cabbage bubbles quickly when placed in the oil.  Add the fish and cook on one side, 1-2 minutes.  Carefully flip, and finish cooking (another minute or two), until fish flakes easily with a fork or paring knife.  Place fish on a paper towel-lined plate.  Heat tortillas, smear on chipotle mayo, place a few pieces of fish on top, and top with cabbage mixture.  Eat while the fish is hot!


  1. Great minds think alike! I had today, although I had mine at a restaurant, so I'm sure your's were 20 times better! I shall have to try this soon.