Monday, June 27, 2011

Fish Tacos with Fresh Salsa

Fish tacos have been and still are one of the "hottest" and most popular food trends.  Although they are one of the most popular foods around right now, I have yet to have them.  I've had shrimp tacos and scallop tacos but no fish tacos.  Well, all that changed the other night when I made these fish tacos and they were delicious, the only disappointing thing about this is the fact that I waited so long to try these.  The batter wasn't too heavy, it was just enough to coat them without makeing a thick batter.  Frying the fish crisped the batter while leaving the inside nice and light and flakey; and filling the taco with fresh salsa and lettuce was the perfect combination and made the dish complete.

These tacos are perfect for a quick weeknight meal that is full of fresh and light flavors.  This salsa is the perfect recipe to utilize all the fresh summer vegetables that are coming out of the garden now.  This is also the perfect recipe to use fresh caught fish if your or your hubby loves fishing (both Spencer and I love fishing, and Tucker is a pretty big fan too)! 

Tucker and Spencer with Tucker's first fish.  Thanks to our wonderful friends who invited us out to their house to fish and have a fish fry!  Love ya'll bunches and Tucker had a blast.

These tacos are perfect, and the meal would be even more complete if paired with chips and fresh guacomole.   

Fish Tacos with Fresh Salsa


For the salsa-

1 Large tomatillo, husked, rinsed and chopped
1 Medium tomato, chopped
1/2 Small red onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
1/2 Jalapeno pepper, minced (remove seeds for less heat)

For the fish-

Kosher salt
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 1/4 lbs catfish fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 Cup instant flour (such as Wondra) or cornstarch
8 Corn tortillas, warmed
1 Cup shredded iceberg lettuce


For the salsa-

Mix the tomatillo, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and jalapano in a bowl.  Season with salt, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the fish-

Heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

In a bowl mix the flour, salt and pepper.  Place the fish in the mixture and coat, shake to remove any excess flour. 

Place the fish in the preheated oil and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes.  (Work in two batches to avoid over-crowding).  Remove fish to a papertowel lined plate to drain, season with salt, if needed.

To assemble-

Fill the warmed tortillas with lettuce, fish and salsa.  Serve the tacos with lime wedges. 

Recipe Source: Food Network Magazine, June 2011

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