Probably the most iconic version of this Baja California specialty consists of a corn tortilla filled with strips of deep-fried or grilled, mild-flavor whitefish and a cabbage mixture similar to coleslaw. Pico de gallo and avocado are standard accompaniments. Here is what you will need to make 6 servings (2 tacos each) of classic fish tacos:
A great fish taco starts with well-prepared fish. Regardless of the method you choose, first thaw the fish, if frozen. Rinse the fish under cool water and pat dry with paper towels. Deep-frying the fish is the most authentic method, but there are easier, less messy ways to go. Here are some options:
Fried Fish Tacos
Rub for Baked or Grilled Fish This fish taco seasoning is perfect for grilled or baked fish tacos:
In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Set aside.
Baked Fish Tacos Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the fish in a single layer on a greased shallow baking pan. Brush the rub onto all sides of the fish. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (for 1/2-inch-thick fillets) or until fish just begins to flake when tested with a fork. Cut fish into bite-size pieces.
Grilled Fish Tacos Brush the rub onto all sides of the fish. For a charcoal grill, grill fish on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 4 to 6 minutes (for 1/2-inch-thick fillets) or until fish just begins to flake when tested with a fork, turning fish once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place fish on greased grill rack over heat. If desired, wrap tortillas in a foil packet and grill alongside the fish. Cover and grill as directed.) Cut fish into bite-size pieces.
In a medium bowl stir together 2 cups packaged coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, and 1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice.
To serve, divide the fish into six portions and halve each portion to get 12 pieces. Fill each corn tortilla with one piece of fish and 2 to 3 tablespoons cabbage topping. Serve your fish tacos with one or more of the following accompaniments:
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