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Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw

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Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw

The Fish Taco Revelation

I’ll never forget the day I first tried fish tacos. I was skeptical, to say the least. I mean, fish? In a taco? That just didn’t sound right to my Tex-Mex loving palate. But boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise. That first bite of crispy, beer-battered fish nestled in a warm tortilla and topped with a cool, zesty slaw – it was an absolute revelation.

From that moment on, I was hooked. Fish tacos became a regular fixture in my dinner rotation, and I couldn’t get enough of their bold flavors and perfect textural contrast. The crunch of the batter, the flakiness of the fish, the crunch of the slaw – it was taco perfection.

Perfecting the Beer Battered Fish

Of course, recreating that restaurant-quality fish taco magic at home was no easy feat. I went through countless iterations, experimenting with different batters, frying techniques, and slaw recipes before I landed on a truly outstanding combination.

The key, I found, was in the batter. A simple beer-based batter is the way to go, infusing the fish with a delightful hop-forward flavor and a shatteringly crisp crust. I use a blend of all-purpose flour and cornstarch to achieve the perfect crispiness, seasoning it with a touch of paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne for an extra flavor boost.

The fish itself is equally important. I opt for a firm, flaky white fish like cod or tilapia – something that can stand up to the batter-frying process without falling apart. A quick dredge in seasoned flour before the batter ensures the fish is well-coated and ready to fry up golden brown.

The Magic of the Jalapeño Slaw

Of course, no fish taco is complete without the perfect accompaniment – a cool, creamy slaw. And this jalapeño version is simply out of this world.

The base is a blend of shredded cabbage and carrots, providing that essential crunch. But the real star is the jalapeño-lime dressing, which lends a delightful zing and a subtle kick of heat. I whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and finely minced jalapeño to create a dressing that perfectly balances sweet, sour, and spicy.

A generous handful of fresh cilantro rounds out the flavors, lending a bright, herbaceous note that ties the whole dish together. The slaw is best made in advance, giving the flavors time to meld and the cabbage to soften just slightly.

Bringing It All Together

When it’s time to assemble the tacos, I start with a warm, soft tortilla – either flour or corn, depending on my mood. A generous portion of the crispy, beer-battered fish goes in first, followed by a heaping spoonful of the cool, creamy jalapeño slaw.

I like to add a few extra toppings for good measure, like a drizzle of chipotle crema, some diced avocado, or a sprinkle of crumbled queso fresco. But the true star of the show is always that perfect pairing of the crispy fish and the zesty slaw.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard taco bar or just craving a taste of the beach, these beer battered fish tacos with jalapeño slaw are sure to become a new favorite. They’re a easy, flavor-packed meal that’s sure to have your taste buds dancing.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a cold beer, fire up the fryer, and get ready to experience the magic of these incredible fish tacos. Your taste buds can thank me later. Home Cooking Rocks is the place to be for all your taco-making needs!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb firm white fish (cod, tilapia, or halibut), cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup cold beer
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 12 small tortillas (flour or corn)

For the Jalapeño Slaw:
– 2 cups shredded green cabbage
– 1 cup shredded carrots
– 1/4 cup mayonnaise
– 2 tbsp lime juice
– 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– 1 tsp granulated sugar
– 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely minced
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
– Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne. Gradually whisk in the cold beer and egg until a smooth batter forms. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Pat the fish pieces dry with paper towels and season with additional salt and pepper.

  3. In a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat 2-3 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F.

  4. Working in batches, dip the fish pieces in the batter, allowing any excess to drip off. Carefully lower the battered fish into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy. Transfer the fried fish to a paper towel-lined plate.

  5. For the slaw, combine the shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, and minced jalapeño. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss to coat. Stir in the chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. To serve, place a piece or two of the crispy beer-battered fish in a warm tortilla and top with a generous spoonful of the jalapeño slaw. Add any additional toppings as desired, such as chipotle crema, diced avocado, or crumbled queso fresco.

Enjoy your homemade beer battered fish tacos with jalapeño slaw! This recipe is sure to transport you to a beachside taco stand, no matter where you are.

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