Monday, April 30, 2012

Beer Battered Tilapia Tacos

I have been trying to add a little seafood to our diets. It is not easy, I have NEVER been a seafood fan. We are starting slowly with mild fish. The consensus I got was Tilapia was a good place to start (so far our only other fish of choice is Catfish) so here we go! I was very happy with the mild flavor. I will  be keeping Tilapia on the menu.
photo is with a full 2 oz portion

1 lb Tilapia fillets, cut into about 2 oz portions
flour for dusting
taco shells(hard or soft, up to you, we prefer hard, amount depends on how much fish you want per taco, we found that splitting most of them in half was more than enough)

Beer Batter:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour(GF works well too)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup beer(GF beers are pretty tasty, we used a Golden Ale)
to taste:
garlic powder
onion powder

1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1 TB lime juice
minced jalapeno(to taste)
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cumin(you can go a little more to taste, it is overpowering so be careful and add slow)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tps garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
red pepper flakes and salt to taste

oil for frying

topping suggestions

pico de gallo
shredded greens(we use spinach, you can use cabbage or lettuce)
fresh tomatoes
squirt of lime juice
taco sauce

Combine all ingredients and whisk well, adding a touch more lime juice(or even water) if the consistency is too thick( you want it a little runny)
Set aside to allow flavors to mingle

Beer Batter:(sorry, spaced on photos)
Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar and seasonings.
Whisk together the beer and the egg. Quickly whisk the beer mixture into the flour mixture.

Heat oil to 375(you can do it  in a deep fryer or a large pan)
Lightly dust the tilapia pieces with flour.

Dip into batter and immediately place in hot oil. Fry until golden brown(turning only as needed) until it is flaky(min of 145 degrees, don't go too much over that either, it will get tough)

Drain on paper towels (if you want you can sprinkle a little salt immediately after pulling from the oil)

Heat your taco shells.

Fill each shell with a fish piece(half if you have smaller shells. Top with greens , then add some sauce and whatever other toppings you like.


 This was with 1/2 of the piece.

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