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Easy Fish Tacos Recipe

55 mins
Vadim Rachok
12.04.2024
24.04.2024
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Let’s make a delicious fish taco with tilapia, tomato, and ramen salad. You will be surprised to know how easy it is to make this dish at home. Also, with this fish taco recipe, you can prepare a delicious sauce that is the perfect addition to the taco. The combination of crispy taco in batter with creamy and slightly spicy sauce makes this dish delicious. Follow the recipe and make these fish tacos to treat your family or guests. You can be sure they will love them.

Ah, fish tacos, a delightful fusion of flavors that brings the taste of the sea to your plate in a deliciously crispy taco shell. Originating from the coastal regions of Mexico, fish tacos have become a beloved dish enjoyed by people all around the world. With its combination of tender fish, zesty tomato, and crunchy ramen salad, this recipe offers a fresh twist on a classic favorite. The creamy and slightly spicy sauce adds the perfect finishing touch, making every bite a burst of flavor. So why not embark on a culinary adventure and whip up a batch of these mouthwatering fish tacos? Your taste buds will thank you!

What are Fish Tacos?

Fish tacos are a popular dish that has its origins in Mexico and is a popular staple in many parts of the world. Traditionally, fish tacos are made with pieces of grilled or fried fish that are served in a soft or crispy taco shell, and are accompanied by a variety of toppings and seasonings. Depending on the type of fish used and the seasonings and toppings added, the flavor of fish tacos can vary. But they are usually fresh, and tangy, and have a balance of salty, spicy, and sometimes tangy flavors.

Fish taco tradition dates back to Mexican coastal regions, where fishermen cooked fresh fish and served it as a quick and filling dish. Over time, the dish evolved into several variations that incorporate local ingredients and cuisine influences.

Why It Is a Good Idea To Make Fish Tacos At Home?

There are several reasons why making fish tacos at home can be a great idea. First of all, it allows you to control the quality and freshness of the ingredients you use, which ensures that you will have the best-tasting fish tacos possible. You can also customize the fish tacos you make by choosing grilled or fried fish, soft or crunchy taco shells, and different toppings and sauces. 

Plus, it’s a great way to experiment with different flavors and ingredients, and making fish tacos at home can be a fun and creative culinary project that the whole family can enjoy. All in all, making your own fish tacos provides a delicious and customizable meal that is perfect for any occasion.

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What Do You Need To Make Fish Tacos 

  • Fish Tilapia: Because of its mild flavor and firm texture that holds up well to grilling or frying, this fish is often the preferred choice.
  • Taco Tortilla: The taco base is used to hold the filling. Corn tortillas are often used for fish tacos and offer a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that complements the fish.
  • Ramen salad: Typically made with shredded cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables tossed in a spicy dressing, it adds a crunchy and flavorful element to tacos.
  • Tomato: Balances the richness of fish and other ingredients and adds a burst of freshness and juiciness to tacos.

Batter:

  • Flour: Provides texture and helps create a crispy coating in combination with other ingredients.
  • Corn Starch: Adds lightness and a crunchy texture to the dough.
  • Baking Powder: Aids in the rise of the dough and gives it a lighter texture.
  • Salt: Used to help flavor the dough.
  • Eggs: Acts as a binder, helping the batter adhere to the fish.
  • Light Beer: Adds carbonation and flavor to batter, resulting in a light, crisp coating when fried.

Sauce:

  • Egg: Adds richness and texture and is often used as a base for creamy sauces.
  • Lime: Adds brightness and acidity to the sauce, helping to balance the richness of the other ingredients.
  • Mustard: Adds heat and depth of flavor to the sauce.
  • Sunflower Oil: Helps emulsify the ingredients and provides a neutral base for the sauce.
  • Olive Oil: Provides a fruity taste and richness to the sauce.
  • Sugar: Balancing acidity and adding sweetness to the sauce.
  • Capers: Add a salty and slightly spicy flavor to the sauce.
  • Oregano: Adds an earthy and herbal note to the sauce.
  • Chili: Adds complexity to the sauce by providing heat and spice.
  • Sour Cream: Adds creaminess and tang to the sauce.
  • Dill, Parsley, Green Onion: Fresh herbs that help brighten and freshen the sauce.
  • Salt and Pepper: Used to flavor and season the sauce.

Fish Tacos Recipe

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  1. First, place the tilapia on napkins to dry, peel if necessary, and cut into long strips. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper and add the lime zest. 
  3. Then, slice the tomatoes.
  4. To prepare the sauce: Mix the sunflower oil with the olive oil and leave to cool in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. 
  5. In a bowl, add 1 egg yolk, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir and add the juice of half a lime. Add the oil in a thin stream until the sauce thickens.
  6. Then, add the chopped garlic, capers, sliced chili, oregano, sour cream, and chopped herbs to the sauce.
  7. To prepare the batter: mix the flour with the starch, baking powder, and salt, add the egg and mix, add the beer, and knead with a whisk until smooth.
  8. Heat a saucepan with oil (34 fluid ounces (1 l) of oil) to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  9. Wrap the fish in the batter and fry. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Then, place on a napkin to remove excess oil. 
  11. To assemble the tacos: place the ramen on the tortilla, place the sliced tomato on top, place the cooked fish in the batter on top of the tomato, pour the sauce, cover with the second side of the taco, and put it away.

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • You can use sea bass or cod instead of tilapia. 
  • It is important to dry the fish well with napkins before slicing, otherwise the batter will quickly become soft. 
  • You can add pickled onions, crispy onions, peppers, and other vegetables of your choice. 

how to cook fish tacos with tilapia

Best Fish for Fish Tacos

My first choice for fish tacos is cod, squid, or sea bass, but you can actually use any white fish fillet. Whether the fish is firm or flakier doesn’t really matter; you’re going to break the cooked fish into tacos anyway, so perfect presentation is not really the point.

Get fillets that are already skinned to make your life easier. If you are buying from a fish counter, you can always ask them to remove the skins for you at no extra charge.

It’s no problem if you end up with fillets with the skins still on. Just cook them according to the recipe. Skin-side up first, then flip them so they’re skin-side down. They may need an extra minute or two until cooked through. The fish is done when you can easily pull it away from the skin.

Leftovers and Storage Advice

  • Storage You can store any leftover cooked fish for up to a day or two. Before eating, slowly reheat over low heat.
  • Store fish taco sauce in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Leftover toppings (such as chopped vegetables) can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for one to two days.

Easy Fish Tacos Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
These crispy fish tacos with shredded cabbage and a spicy homemade white sauce are just delicious! Serve with homemade pico de gallo and lime wedges to squeeze on top.
taco fish recipe
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
4
The ingredients you need:
10,6 ounces (300 g) fish tilapia
4 pcs taco tortilla
2 ounces (60 g) ramen salad
1 pc tomato
3,5 ounces (100 g) flour
0,9 ounces (25 g) corn starch
0,2 ounces (7 g) baking powder
0,1 ounces (3 g) salt
1 pc egg
3,5 ounces (100 g) light beer
1 pc egg (for sauce)
1 pc lime
0,5 ounces (15 g) medium hot mustard
2,5 ounces (70 g) sunflower oil
2,5 ounces (70 g) olive oil
0,4 ounces (10 g) sugar
1 clove garlic
0,5 ounces (15 g) capers without tail
0,04 ounces (1 g) oregano
0,5 pc chili pepper
1 ounce (30 g) sour cream
1 bunch dill parsley and green onion
salt
pepper
Let’s start !
1

Place the tilapia on napkins to dry, peel if necessary, and cut into long strips. 

2

Season with salt and pepper and add the lime zest. 

3

Slice the tomatoes.

4

Prepare the sauce: Mix the sunflower oil with the olive oil and leave to cool in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

5

In a bowl, add 1 egg yolk, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir and add the juice of half a lime. Add the oil in a thin stream until the sauce thickens.

6

Add the chopped garlic, capers, sliced chili, oregano, sour cream, and chopped herbs to the sauce.

7

Prepare the batter: Mix the flour with the starch, baking powder, and salt, add the egg and mix, add the beer, and knead with a whisk until smooth.

8

Heat a saucepan with oil (34 fluid ounces (1 l) of oil) to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C).

9

Wrap the fish in the batter and fry. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

10

Place on a napkin to remove excess oil. 

11

Assemble the tacos: Place the ramen salad on the tortilla, place the sliced tomato on top, place the cooked fish in the batter on top of the tomato, pour the sauce, cover with the second side of the taco, and put it away.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 2506
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g24%
Saturated Fat 3g14%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 407mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 43g16%
Dietary Fiber 5g18%
Total Sugars 5g 
Protein 17g35%
Vitamin C 25mg28%
Calcium 145mg11%
Iron 2mg12%
Potassium 511mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Looking to take your fish tacos to the next level? Try marinating the fish in lime juice and your favorite spices for added flavor and tenderness. Simply place the fish in a shallow dish, cover with lime juice, and sprinkle with spices like cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight for maximum flavor. When you're ready to cook, remove the fish from the marinade and pat it dry before coating it in the batter and frying. This simple step adds an extra layer of zesty goodness to your fish tacos, taking them from delicious to downright irresistible!

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