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Fish Tacos w/ Spicy Lime Sour Cream Cole Slaw (Taco Pescado)

What we now consider a fish taco dates back to the late 50’s and early 60’s had its origins in Baja Mexico although fish tacos probable dates back a thousand years or so.  This surfers’ favorites basic form is made out of battered and fried or grilled white fish, shredded lettuce or cabbage in a citrus sour cream or mayonnaise and topped with salsa, typically pico de gallo and served on a corn or flour tortilla.

This culinary surfer fair has rapidly spread in the last 10 years, I can even find them in my small home town’s restaurant where they do a twist on them and use walleye as the fish, got to love the Midwestand their love for walleye!

This version is simple and will be a favorite for all.  They are very lightly battered for a very light crust making them healthier.  I made them with 8 inch tortillas in mind but you will find a lot of them served on the enchilada sized tortilla of 6 inches, with that in mind 2 tilapia fillets should be good for 3 lager tacos or 4 smaller ones.  Adjust for as many servings you are making!

  • 4 Tilapia fillets
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • canola oil for frying

This mixture is for 4 tilapia filets.  Mix flour, salt, pepper and cayenne well, dredge fish in flour mixture and fry them in a heavy frying pan with a little canola oil for 4 minutes flip and cook for a few more minutes, until fish is cooked through, cook in batches if need be.  Place on a plate with paper towel to drain excess oil.  Mean while make the slaw.

For the Slaw:
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • Juice of one lime
  • ½ tsp. hot sauce such asCholula
  • ½ tsp.Cheyennepepper (or more)
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large head of cabbage or 2 small ones (green and purple to add color) shredded

Mix the first five ingredients together to make dressing, cut cabbage thin and then toss into dressing, mix well.  Put your fish into corn or flour tortilla, top with slaw and salsa, garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.

If you want to be adventurous make your own salsa, check out my roasted tomato salsa or for a twist here is a grilled salsa.

fish tacos

fish tacos!

Cook’s note:  Use plain yogurt for a healthier alternative to sour cream.  Sub any good mild white fish.  The slaw dressing is really good on baked potatoes!

At some point I will post a fried fish taco with a nice batter, please stay toned and become a subscriber.

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