Lent for 2013 starts tomorrow. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Lent is the season of the Christian Church that leads up to Easter (the rebirth of Jesus). Lent is seen as a religiously solemn time. As a matter of fact the reason Mardi Gras exists was to have a big, huge party right before Lent began–to sort of tide you over (doesn’t that just say something about the personality of New Orleans!) There is also a focus on giving things up–that’s why my church (the Episcopal Church) has a tradition that on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday) you have a Pancake Supper–to use up the last of the “luxurious” fats like butter and items like sausage before Lent began.
Walmart gave us the opportunity to do a “Lenten Recipe” this year. Since fish is a traditional food during Lent (some denominations give up meat for part or all of Lent) I decided to make Fish Tacos from scratch!
You don’t have to be Christian to enjoy these Tacos–With the spicy beer sauce they sure don’t taste like you are giving anything up!
For a change of pace you could just make the fish portion of this recipe and serve them as “Fish Nuggets”. You could also make a cheaters version using a frozen battered fish and the Cabbage Slaw.
- 1 LB White Fish (I use Swai from the freezer section at Walmart-Catfish would be nice too)
- 1 C Corona (or other beer)
- 1 C Flour
- 2 TBS Cornstarch
- 2 TBS Taco Seasoning
- Oil for Frying
- 1/2 C Sour Cream
- 1/4 C Mayonnaise
- 1/4 C Lime Juice
- Cilantro to taste
- Homemade Flour Tortillas
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Chopped Onions
- -In a large bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice and cilantro.
- -Shred 1/2 a cabbage and mix into sour cream mixture. Set aside.
- -Cut fish into 1 inch chunks.
- -Put skillet on a medium heat and pour in about 1/2 to 1 inch of oil.
- -Mix together flour, cornstarch and taco seasoning.
- -Quickly dredge fish in the flour mixture then set aside
- ***Note: Wet sticks to dry. Wet does not stick to wet. So if you try to put wet batter on raw wet fish, it won't stick well. If you dredge the fish (or chicken or whatever) in something first and THEN dip it in the wet batter it sticks much better***
- -Add the 1 C of beer into the flour mixture and mix well. You can always add a bit more beer if you need to-it should be the consistency of pancake batter.
- -Dip the fish pieces in the batter, covering completely, and then fry in small batches.
- -Drain well.
- On a flour tortilla layer Corona Battered Fish, Cabbage Slaw and any additional garnishes (I like cheese). Serve immediately!
I do want to point out one really cool ingredient I use in this recipe-instead of fresh or dried cilantro I used a neat cilantro paste that I found in the refrigerated produce section at my Walmart (right near the fresh herbs). I never have cilantro in the fridge, and I hate to leave it out of recipes because it has such a great flavor. Dried just isn’t the same (although better than nothing). The paste lasts a long time in the fridge without going bad like fresh cilantro would and has a better flavor than dried! Cool eh?