Baja Fish Tacos
FOR THE BATTER:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (8 ounces) beer
FOR THE FISH:
- 3 to 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
- 1 pound tilapia, cod, or other white fish fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour
Make the batter:
Whisk together the batter ingredients and let stand for 15 minutes.
Cook the fish:
Heat the oil in a 4-quart pot or a wok until a deep-fat thermometer
registers 375 degrees F.
While the oil is heating, cut the fish into 1/2- by 4-inch strips and toss with the salt. Place the flour in a wide, shallow bowl. Dredge the fish in the flour, then in the batter, and fry a few pieces at a time, until the batter is golden and the fish is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the fish to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
Make tacos with the accompaniments.
Note: If you have a wok for deep-frying, you can use less oil, 2 to 3 cups.
Warm corn tortillas, some Lime-Chipotle Mayonnaise (recipe below) mixed with shredded cabbage; serve the rest of the mayonnaise on the side along with lime wedges.
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chipotles en adobo, finely chopped, including the sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
Mix together all the ingredients.
If you'd like to thin the sauce for drizzling, add a little water to the mixture.
Photograph by Romulo Yanes
Reprinted with permission from Just Tacos by Shelley Wiseman, The Taunton Press copyright (c) 2011