Sunday, September 25, 2011

Baja Fish Tacos

I'll be the first to admit that the thought of fish tacos initially did not sound appealing to me. In fact, I've never had one until Andrew made them for me last week. I was curious to see what they were like. Andrew had them when he was in Los Angeles a couple years ago and really liked them. He found a recipe on foodnetwork.com and decided to try it. I'm thrilled when my husband wants to tackle meal preparation! They were actually very tasty and the white sauce is what made them so good. We cut the food network recipe in half and modified a few things. Here's how we made them:


Ingredients:

White Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
2 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt

Fish Tacos:
Vegetable oil
1 package/box tempura batter mix
1/2 can beer
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 large boneless talapia fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces
corn tortillas
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions:

For the sauce:
Mix all ingredients together and set aside.
Preheat a fryer or a deep pot halfway filled with oil to 375 degrees F.
Mix half of the package of batter, but only use 1/2 the required amount of water and use beer for the remaining amount instead. Add the beer until the batter becomes almost like a heavy cream consistency.
Using the other half of the package of batter add salt and garlic powder, coat talapia pieces with the dry mix, then dip into prepared batter. Deep-fry for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
Place fried talapia pieces on warmed corn tortillas, add white sauce to fish, a little shredded lettuce, tomato and a squeeze of lime, to taste.


Andrew and I were extremely impressed with his new found deep frying skills. He didn't stop raving about his own meal! That was after we had to open all the windows and doors in an effort to air out the cloud of smoke from the burning hot oil. Lesson learned! Our house is just returning to it's normal scent, 6 days later. Haha! I've been bumping up the air freshener. 

These fish tacos were a delicious new way to eat fish - and tacos. Kinda like fish nuggets you could dip into the white sauce all by themselves. If you're skeptical about fish tacos like I was, give this recipe a try. You might really like it! 

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