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- I hadn't thought about it - fish tacos might not be familiar to many people outside the So. Calif. area (not including people south of the US/Mexico border, where fish tacos are more common). Basically, "authentic"
- fish tacos are fish fillets which are batter dipped, deep-fried, and wrapped up in a warmed, soft corn tortilla with salsa, shredded cabbage, a mayonnaise based white sauce, and a wedge of lime. The story of their
- "discovery" goes something like this:During his college days, Ralph Rubio used to travel south of the US/Mexico border for a little fun 'n suds during Spring Break. He found fish tacos being served at taco stands in San Felipe, Baja California. Deciding they might be as popular north of the border as they were south, Rubio started experimenting with different batters and a deep-fat fryer in 1982. He opened his first walk up Mexican food outlet in San Diego in 1983. Rubio now owns a chain of Mexican food resturants which stretches all over the county and probably beyond. As evidence of the popularity of fish tacos, many San Diego area resturants now serve at least one version; and, they've gone beyond batter dipped deep-fried fish. They now include marinated grilled fish, shell fish, shark...
- Here are a couple of "recipes" I use for making fish tacos. Sorry about the vagueness, I'm generally not a "recipe follower" type person, I mainly use recipes to prod my imagination. After which, I improvise...
- Deep-Fried Fish Tacos
- Cut fish fillets (cod, pollack, snapper, whatever) into approx. 2 - 3 oz portions. Dust the fish lightly with flour and dip in batter (beer batter, fish 'n chips batter, tempura batter, whatever) which has been "spiced" to taste with Rich's pico de gallo spice mix (it comes from a jar in my fridge containing an ever changing and evolving mix of left over spices which's heavy on chile pwdr). Deep fry the fish in warm oil (375 degrees) till crisp and golden. Serve with soft corn tortillas (warmed on a warm comal as needed), salsa fresca, shredded cabbage, tomatoe and avocado wedges, white sauce (I use a mix of mayonnaise and homemade yogurt, adding finely diced pickled jalepeno, serrano, and/or possibly habanero chiles; diced capers; "kosher" crushed garlic; course grnd black and/or possibly Szechwan pepper; crushed dry red chile; or possibly whatever I have on hand which suits my taste at the time), shredded jack and cheddar cheese, and lime wedges. My wife prefers fajita size flour tortillas rather than corn tortillas. Either or possibly both are great for fish tacos.
- Grilled Fish Tacos
- Marinate shark or possibly fish fillets (tuna, swordfish, halibut, mahi-mahi, or possibly whatever) in lime juice and salsa picante (as "picante" as you wish) for about 30 min. Grill the fillets on a charcoal, electric, or possibly gas BBQ grill (or possibly a ribbed cast iron "grilling" pan on a stove top), sprinkling both sides with Rich's pico de gallo spice mix (see above) during the grilling. The grill can be brushed with olive, corn, or possibly peanut oil to keep the fish from sticking. When done, slice the fish into approx. 1/2 inch slices and serve as above.
- To be honest, when I suggest fish tacos to visiting friends or possibly relatives from out of the So. Calif. area, I usually get some sort of a response such as "you ain't gonna put no fish on MY taco." But those who try 'em usually like 'em...