Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fish Tacos and the BEST Sauce

It took me about 20 years before I would even consider eating a fish taco.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love Fish. I love tacos.  Together?  I thought that was a train wreck waiting to happen inside my mouth.

So what changed my mind?  A wild hair.  I decided I was going to get it over with and try the taco's so that I could check it off my food list of things to try.  I am an avid researcher.  Before I do most anything I read and read and read.  I want to know what all of my options are before I set out to do anything.  This task was not any different especially since I was going to be eating it.  My mouth requires the best.  LOL

I learned several things to make this experience wonderful and, hopefully, one that I would want to repeat.

1.  FISH.  You must use the best fish that you can find and afford.
2.  FRESH.  Your fish should be the freshest that you can find.
3.  TYPE.  The type of fish you use, can make or break the deal.
4.  SAUCE.  The most important. It adds so much flavor to an already AWESOME dish.

I only use Halibut because it's not flaky or soft.  The fish holds up wonderfully under the frying.  I only use a corn meal or brown rice flour when frying because I want to taste my fish, not all of the batter that most places use.  I make the sauce in the morning so that the spices have a chance to BLOOM.

Fish taco's is something I would eat everyday if my family would let me.  LOL  I have shared this recipe with several family members who were not fans of the FISH TACO and they have been converted.  They love this recipe but most of all they all rave about the SAUCE.  It's very yummy!

Fish Tacos with a Cilantro Sauce

Read the whole recipe before planning on making the tacos.  The sauce is better if done in advance, although I have made it 30 minutes before dinner.

1-2 pounds of fresh Halibut.  1 pound will feed my family of 5 (2 tacos each)
1 small red cabbage
1 bunch of cilantro
corn tortilla's
Fish Fry Coating Mix ( I use Hodgson Mill GF mix)
2 eggs
1/4 cup of milk

Heat 2 T. of oil in a frying pan.  Prepare the fish by cutting into 2X1 inch sections.  Beat the egg and milk in a small bowl.  In a separate bowl, add your fish fry mix.  YOU HAVE 2 BOWLS.  Dip the fish in the egg/milk mix and then dip in your fish fry mix. You can re-dip for a second time if you wish.  Add fish to oil and fry on both sides.  The fish will cook fast.  I set them on a paper towel to absorb any extra oil.

Shred red cabbage very thin.  I coarsely chop the cilantro.  I like big leaves.  I also include the stems. They are soft and not bitter.

Fry your corn tortillas in oil. I use a small pan with oil and cook the tortilla's on both sides until soft, not crispy.

Prepare the sauce below.


½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup mayo…I like more to make it thicker
½ tsp lime
1 jalapeno pepper
1 handful of cilantro..I like a lot, I usually add more than a handfull
1 tsp onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp cumin…I add more of this too.  But taste the original first.
½ tsp chili powder

I combine all ingredients in a blender or small food processor. Blend until creamy, Cilantro is usually specks of green.  Make and let set in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.  It takes time for the spices to “shine”.  ENJOY!

Serve your fish taco's with a variety of side dishes.  You might want to try this guacamole recipe here. ENJOY!

Written by Sherron Watson

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  1. Your pictures are stunning!!! My husband LOVES fish tacos. I will have to share this with him for sure!

  2. Thank you Erin. I hope he enjoys the recipe as much as we do. Have a great day!

  3. I live in the land of fish tacos (San Diego) so I've been eating them for awoke, but I remember being a little scared to try them at first. No, I can't imagine the day when I didn't love fish tacos. Your sauce looks delicious-will definitely have to try it!

  4. Thank you EA. What type of fish do you use for your taco's?

  5. I live in Southern Cali and fish tacos are everywhere! We always have fish tacos! So when I hear people say they dont get it..I laugh! lol I eat them just like you..with halibut..try with salmon too..and sea bass! Soo good!

  6. Haven't Tried it yet but everyone including u Raving about it makes me Optimistic Thank You for the Recipe will try it out

  7. Thanks Sherron! LOVE fish tacos and can hardly wait to taste the sauce... it sounds WAY too good, and I have cilantro just begging to be harvested :)

  8. Mmmm, I LOVE fish tacos - one of my favorite types of tacos. These look incredible, especially that sauce!

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  14. I made this sauce about a month ago to go with our fish tacos and it was to die for! Even the kids liked it (ages 9,7,3). Decided I would comment as someone who actually made it. In fact we are having it again tonight. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Absolutely love it!

  16. I made this sauce a few months back to go with our Taco's and loved it. I thought I had saved it but apparently not. After some deep searching I found it again, and will be printing to save with my other fav's. Thank you.

  17. Yum! The sauce is delicious and will be my go-to taco sauce from now on!

  18. Wonderful sauce! Live in Alaska and we love new fish recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I made the sauce and it was excellent!

  20. I'm thinking of using coleslaw mix instead of the red cabbage?

    1. Hi Karen, I think that sounds like an awesome idea. We have also done that in the past. Enjoy your tacos!


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