Fish tacos are a dish that can incorporate a wide variety of tasty ingredients, and you too can learn how to make phenomenal fish tacos. You can make them with fish from salmon to mahi-mahi to tilapia and they can be topped with options from coleslaw to guacamole to salsa. The fish in this recipe is beer batter fried but it can easily be grilled for a healthier and lighter option.
For the batter:
In a large wok or deep fryer, pour in 6 cups oil. Heat oil to 350 degrees F. In a separate mixing bowl add in chopped tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Add lime juice (to taste). Chop or shred both heads of cabbage very finely, save for topping. Slice fish fillets into 1/2 inch thick strips.
In a large dish or serving platter, add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Dredge the fish fillets and set fillets aside. With the remaining dry mix, add 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 cup oil. Mix in beer and whisk until the batter has a similar consistency to pancake batter.
Make sure oil is to temperature. You can test this by dropping a small piece of tortilla into the oil and if it fries it right away then the oil is ready for the fish. Take one strip of fish and coat the entire piece with the beer batter and drop it carefully into the hot oil. You can add a few pieces of fish at a time, just make sure the fryer is not over crowded because this will cause the temperature of the oil to drop.
The fish will take a couple of minutes to fully cook. Half way through the frying process flip the pieces of fish over to ensure both sides are cooked evenly. Remove fish when they turn golden brown and place onto paper towels to remove excess oil. Lightly salt.
Heat the tortillas in vegetable oil in a small frying pan. To lightly fry the tortillas properly the pan should be half filled with oil. Cook each tortillas for about 20 seconds on each side, continue cook each side until the tortilla is slightly crispy. Remove and drain excess oil.
Assemble taco by adding 2 to 3 pieces of fish into the fried tortilla shell and add your favorite toppings. Some popular choices are salsa, cabbage, hot sauce and cheese.
If grilling your fish, coat your grill with oil and heat to medium high. For marinade combine 1/4 cup oil, lime juice (1 lime), 1 chopped jalapeno and 1/4 cup cilantro. Marinade your fish prior to grilling for 15 minutes.
Add the following ingredients together in medium mixing bowl and stir until combined. This recipe makes 1 and 1/2 cups and takes 10 minutes to prepare.