I love Tex-Mex, and fish tacos, but tend to only order them at restaurants. Last evening I tackled fish tacos and was amazed with the simple preparation and full flavor. This recipe is taken from the t.v. show Tyler’s Ultimate, and these tacos are just that, ultimate! The spicy pink sauce makes enough for another meal, and the salsa (which I just ate for lunch), was even better the second day. Add these fish tacos to your menu this weekend!
Fish Tacos with Spicy Pink Sauce and Mango-Radish Salsa
Adapted from Tyler Florence
1 pound of tilapia (originally called for mahi mahi)
1 cup of flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons water
1-2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 head of cabbage, finely shredded
1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked
2 limes, cut into wedges for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Spicy Pink Sauce
1 cup sour cream
1 chipotle in adobo, plus 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
Kosher salt and pepper
1/2 red onion
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 handful of cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
Cut the fish into 1-ounce strips. Set up a breading station of flour, beaten eggs with water, and seasoned panko bread crumbs. Season all with salt and pepper. Dredge the pieces of fish in flour, egg, then bread crumbs. Lightly fry the fish, in batches, in a hot pan with a few tablespoons of olive oil. The fish will cook quickly, so watch carefully so that your breadcrumbs do not burn. Drain on a paper towel and season with salt. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Prepare the spicy pink sauce. This can be made ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to eat. Put the chipotle in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the sour cream, adobo sauce, and lemon juice and continue to blend. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
Prepare the mango-radish salsa. This can be made ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to eat. Roughly chop the mango, radish, and onion. Place the mango, radish, onion, handful of cilantro, chili powder, olive oil and lime in the food processor and pulse until the salsa is your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper and chill until ready to use.
Dress your fish with spicy pink sauce, salsa, cabbage, and a sprinkle of cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas.