Bonnie's StoryWhen we had our first fish tacos years ago, I knew I had to learn how to make them. I worked on the recipe until it was a close second to the version we got in Mexico. We love the fried fish, and the lime cream sauce, and the crunch of the crisp vegetables. Served on hot corn and flour tortillas with guacamole salsa and sour cream. This is just about as good as it gets! Enjoy!
The photo is my own, and so is this humble recipe.
taco cream sauce:
tablespoons sour cream
tablespoon lime juice
teaspoon lime zest
green onions sliced fine
tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
teaspoon minced garlic
large filets of sole, catfish or white fish
cup white corn meal (not yellow)
teaspoon red pepper flakes
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon garlic salt
cup corn oil for frying fish
cups fine sliced cabbage or grated
large radishes, sliced and cut into strips
tablespoons fine chopped parsley
tablespoons fine chopped cilantro
sour cream and avocado salsa
1Cook's Tip: It makes it much easier if you make the sauce and prepare the cabbage mixture and refrigerate them until you are ready to make the fish tacos.
2MAKE THE TACO SAUCE:
Combine the following ingredients in a small bowl and mix well: mayonaise, sour cream, lime juice, lime zest, green onions, cilantro, dill, salt and garlic. Refrigerate to chill until serving.
3MAKE THE GARNISH:
In a medium bowl combine the following and mix well: 3 cups cabbage, radishes, parsley and cilantro. Toss, cover and refrigerate.
4PREPARE THE FISH:
Preheat the skillet on medium high, add the corn oil. In a pie plate, place the white corn meal, paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, coriander, garlic powder and garlic salt, mix well. Take the fish filets, cut them into 2 inch pieces, and dredge them in the corn meal mixture. Fry them in the corn oil in an electric skillet or non stick pan until golden brown on both sides. Remove fish and keep warm.
5MAKE THE TORTILLAS:
Take one flour tortilla and one corn tortilla and heat them until they start to toast on each side. I put mine directly on my gas burner on high, watch them so they don't burn, flipping them with tongs. When edges are blackened and the tortilla is hot, fold them in half and keep warm. Now, it is time to assemble the taco.
6MAKING THE TACO:
You can serve the fish tacos open faced, like my photo, or serve them folded in half. Put the fish in the taco "shell" first. Add the cabbage mixture, a tablespoon of taco cream sauce, and a dollop of sour cream and avocado salsa. Enjoy!
Teresa Jacobson foundmyzen - Feb 18, 2011
I admit I am not a big fan of fish but these sound YUMMY!
Donna Brown gabbiegirl - Feb 18, 2011
They look delicious.
Lauren Mitchell laurenboyd2113 - Feb 19, 2011
I need these right now! I'm addicted to fish tacos! One question, why can't I use yellow corn meal?
Bonnie D. Utahn - Feb 19, 2011
Me, too, Lauren. Yellow corn meal is too coarse and it makes a drier coating on the fish. I always fry my fish in white corn meal. Fish is delicious fried this way. Here you can view a pic of my regular fried fish: FRIED FISH (Bonnie's for sole, catfish or talapia) Enjoy!
Nancy R Robeyone - Feb 19, 2011
Bonnie, I just LOVE fish tacos. This looks fabulous!