I often pull interesting looking recipes from magazines and stuff them into a binder which I intend to organize someday. If they are lucky, I will try them out. If they are even luckier, I will put them in the “keeper” pile to make again!
This recipe is for a food item I have only experience recently and loved! I found this one in Better Homes and Garden’s 2011 April edition. We had a couple of fish tacos from different vendors down in Key West, Florida last year. I believe we were quite spoiled in general with sea food in the Keys, because I don’t think we will be able to find such fresh fish here in Chicago grocery stores anytime soon!
I did make a few modifications to the recipe in an attempt to make it even healthier.
The original can be found here (again, all credit to Better Homes and Gardens):
- 1 lb. fresh tilapia or catfish filets
- 3 limes
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 small (6- to 7-inch) flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 2 small carrots, peeled and shredded (1/2 cup)
- 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, thinly sliced
1. Rinse fish and pat dry. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
2. For Lime Sauce, juice two of the limes into a bowl (cut remaining lime into wedges for serving). Stir mayonnaise and chili powder into juice. Remove 1/3 cup sauce and toss fish in it.
3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons cooking oil over medium heat. In shallow dish combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Working with about a third of the fish at a time, toss in flour mixture and add to hot oil. Cook 2 to 4 minutes or until fish flakes, turning to brown evenly and adding additional oil as needed. Drain on paper towels.
4. Wrap tortillas in paper towels; heat in microwave 30 seconds. Top tortillas with fish, cabbage, carrots, and jalapeño. Drizzle with Lime Sauce. Pass lime wedges. Makes 4 servings.
In place of mayonnaise, I used fat free plain yogurt and a dollop of mustard.
I did NOT coat the fish in flour.
I really should have piled more filling in here for the photo. My husband ended up doing so anyway before he ate it!
He calls the recipe a keeper. I say the sauce needs a little more oomph. Keep in mind, that my sauce was not the same as the original recipe.
Bottom line – I will be making these again! I will just be playing around with the sauce and trying to avoid the mayonnaise!