Fish Tacos - Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Mahi mahi fish tacos

While I was watching the Food Network this past weekend, I was pleasantly inundated with images of delicious Mexican dishes.  One that kept popping up was fish tacos.  While I have never made them myself, I did enjoy them on two occasions - both in Las Vegas.  I first had them at The Cheesecake Factory at Caesar's Palace and then at the Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill at the Red Rock Resort and Casino.  Both times I loved the flavours of the fish and the delicious fresh toppings.

I made these as my homage to the holiday. I didn't really have a recipe - instead I made it taste the way I would like fish to taste.  I used the inspiration from several shows I watched - some of their versions worked, some didn't (grilling halibut can be tricky!).  The only thing I had to buy was some flour tortillas to complete my creation.  Here's what I came  up with.

This will make 4 fish tacos

For the fish:
Use any firm fleshed, mild tasting fish - I had mahi mahi on hand
I cut the fish into 1" strips
Seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and ground thyme
Let marinate for 1 hour
Dredge the fish strips in finely ground cornmeal
Deep fry until done - should only take about 2 minutes to cook the fish - we're not going for a golden brown look here or the fish will be over done.

For the tortillas:
You can warm them however you wish.  I grilled mine in a cast iron grill pan and kept them warm in my tortilla warmer.

For the salsa:
1/2 cup seeded and chopped tomatoes 
1/3 cup chopped red onion
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon seeded and chopped jalapeno or Serrano pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

For the remoulade (adapted from the Joy of Cooking):
2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped gherkins
2 teaspoons of pickle juice
1/2 tablespoon chopped capers
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

For garnish:
Boston lettuce and alfalfa sprouts.

They were delicious and I will make them again for sure! 

3 comments:

  1. I admire people who like to cook and are good cooks.

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  2. Thanks - I enjoy doing it!

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  3. That looks great and it seems very simple to make too. Good for cooking amateurs like me!

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