Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
I noticed the absence of a good fish taco recipe on Chow so I wanted to share a favorite of mine. This is quick and easy and right off the taco truck. I live in Florida so I use fresh mahi mahi from my offshore fishing trips but you can substitute a local favorite of your own. Serve these with an ice cold Modelo Especial at a pool party of cook them up for dinner with a side of beans and rice.
- 1 1/2 lbs fresh Mahi Mahi filets
- 2 cups fresh cilantro
- 1 large sweet onion - diced
- 4 roma tomatoes - seeded and diced
- 3 limes cut into 1/8 sections
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tbls cup smoked chipotle tabassco (or homemade chipole hot sauce)
- 2 tbls cup whipping cream
- 8 - 4" round soft tortillas (flour or corn per your liking)
- 2 tbls vegetable oil
- 2 tbls of your favorite house seaoning (mine is equal parts smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper)
- all purpose flour
1Combine sour cream, chipolte sauce and whipping cream to make a spicy crema mexicana. Loosely chop the cilantro, dice the onions and tomatoes and set aside. I use roma or plum tomatoes for dicing because they are very meaty and contain very little liquid and seeds.
2Portion the fish into 8 servings and season with house seasoning. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Dredge the seasoned fish lightly in flour and pan fry in the oil until just cooked through–about 2 minutes per side depending on thickness (nobody likes overcooked fish so be careful not to dry it out).
3While fish is cooking, warm the tortilla’s according to the package.
4Remove the fish onto a paper towel to drain off any extra oil. Assemble your tacos with a layer of fish, a generous helping of cilantro, chopped onions and tomtaoes then drizzle with the chipolte crema mexicana over the top. IMPORTANT: finish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. The citrus not only adds nice flavor but also enhances the flavors of the other ingredients without having to add extra salt.
5Makes 8 tacos. Serve with lime wedges and an ice cold beer. For a side, try beans and rice. Add some sliced avacado if you like. Fish can be grilled as an alternative. Enjoy!
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