Recipe Time! – The Ultimate Fish Tacos

Back in September 2011, my husband (now estranged) wanted to leave the military and move to Charlotte. So he took leave and we packed and he moved me and the children down here. When he left to go back to work to continue to prepare to leave, his grandmother made sure that I had stuff to do. One time she took me to the NoDa district. It is the artsy part of town and I absolutely love it. She took me to the Smelly Cat. YES, the very one! I love coffee and when I heard that it was here, I had to go. They had this goat cheese double chocolate cheese cake….(fill in what expression of food related ecstasy you feel is appropriate because I can’t!)

There was this restaurant that she took us to. I can’t remember the name but they had fish tacos. Never had one so I decided to try it. All I remember about it is that there was a mango salad of some sort on top and it was so delicious! Light, fresh and the flavors were balanced well. Yesterday on my Facebook page, I saw a simple recipe for home made tortillas and I thought to myself that I would have a taco night this week. With that still on my brain when I woke up this morning, I thought I would find a recipe. I found this one and it seems very similar to what I had in the restaurant. I wish I could remember the name! What is really sad, I live 5 min away from NoDa. When I get my camera, I have to take the children and go sightseeing.

But here is the recipe! I hope you enjoy…for those who love fish! I wish I had a picture to show you! There is a video of the episode where Tyler makes these. You do have to have some cooking skills but if you are ambitious and plan properly, you can have a sensible dinner in no time!

What you need:

  • 2 pounds mahi mahi (skinned, boned and cleaned) cut into 1-ounce strips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 head savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  • 3 limes, cut into wedges for garnish

Pink Chile Mayonnaise:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 chipotles in adobo, plus 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mango-Radish Salsa:

  • 2 limes
  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 4 to 5 red radishes, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Prepare the fish. Cut the pieces of fish into 1-ounce strips. Set up a breading station of flour, lightly beaten eggs with water, and seasoned panko bread crumbs. Season all with salt and pepper. Dredge the pieces of fish in flour, egg then bread crumbs. Once all the fish is breaded deep-fry in small batches in (375 degrees F) oil. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Prepare the pink chile mayonnaise. Put the chipotles in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, adobo sauce and lemon juice and continue to process until the mixture is consistent and creamy. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the mango-radish salsa. Remove the peel and pith from the limes and cut between the membranes to remove the segments. Put these “supremes” into a bowl and squeeze over the juice from the membranes. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Season and refrigerate until ready to use. You can also place all of the ingredients into a food processor and puree for a smoother salsa.

To serve, set up the tacos “family-style”. Assemble the fish in a pile on a plate; the pink chile mayonnaise in a bowl; and mango-radish salsa in another. Set a pile of shredded savoy cabbage, cilantro leaves, chopped chives and lime wedges next to the fish. Toast the corn tortillas lightly over an open flame (on your stove top) and serve.

This sounds so yummy I am going to make some this weekend. Something just for me! Every once in a while you have to pamper yourself and I think that it would be the perfect thing to do. Light but filling. Enjoy!

God Bless!

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