Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fish Tacos



How many ways can I make fish tacos? Grilled? Fried? How about a quick saute? My choice of fish is cod. I love the way it flakes, it's buttery texture, the way it cooks. Purists like mahi mahi. None of that for me. The cod in the freezer will be quite adequate. I usually deep fry the fish, as the crunch is well loved in my not-so-eager-to-eat-fish household. This time I exercise great restraint and try a healthier version. Let's see what the verdict will be.

FISH TACOS 
Makes 6


1/2 pound Cod
1/2 teaspoon Ancho Chile powder
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Cumin powder
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 tablespoon Canola oil
4-6 Tortillas
Pico De Gallo (recipe below)
Cabbage Slaw (recipe below)


Wash and cut cod into 1 inch pieces.

Coat cod with ancho chile powder, paprika, cumin, garlic, oregano and salt. Mix well and let fish sit for 30 minutes.


Heat oil in a nonstick pan.

Add fish and sauté quickly till done on a high flame.



Warm tortillas.

Top with fish, pico de gallo and cabbage slaw.

PICO DE GALLO
Makes 1 cup

2 Tomatoes
2 tablespoons Cilantro
1/2 Red Onion
2 tablespoons Lime juice
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Chop tomatoes into small chunks.

Mince onion and cilantro

Mix tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt.




CABBAGE SLAW
Makes 1 cup

1 cup thinly slivered Cabbage
1/2 Red Onion
1 green Chile
1 tablespoon Cilantro
2 tablespoons Lime juice
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Thinly slice onion and green chile.

 Mix cabbage, onion, chile, cilantro, lime juice and salt.







Lunch is a quick affair.  On a sweltering afternoon, tacos chaperoned by una cervesa is a summer's delight. Warm tacos are topped with crusted fish nuggets. A heaping of tomatoes, cabbage and onions go on. Fold the tortilla in half and then take a big bite. Did you notice that you have to tilt your head sideways to eat tacos?? A healthy mess of fish drippings, tomatoes and slaw litter the plate. The dish is literally relished and devoured. Even as G finishes the last morsel, he claims the fried ones do taste better. Succinctly, I tell him to stand in front of a hot wok and perform that enviable task the next time we have tacos.