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Fish tacos??

arktos Aug 17, 2010 11:00 AM

Do you like the fish in your tacos to be deep fried or grilled?? The original Baja style tacos use batter-fried fish, but i notice a trend towards using the grill, perhaps for health reasons. Anyway, I can't decide which one I prefer, that's why I'm asking the question.

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  1. Perilagu Khan RE: arktos Aug 17, 2010 11:59 AM

    I blacken mine in a skillet with Cajun seasonings. Totally inauthentic, but I don't give a toss--they're delish.

    1. CarrieWas218 RE: arktos Aug 17, 2010 12:01 PM

      I grew up in San Diego and used to cut my last class in college to dash down to Mexico for tacos. Deep fried for me...

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        Perilagu Khan RE: CarrieWas218 Aug 17, 2010 12:02 PM

        That could go in the "What's the Farthest You've Gone to Feed a Craving" thread.

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          CarrieWas218 RE: Perilagu Khan Aug 17, 2010 01:12 PM

          I didn't know there was such a thread. For me it would have been flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles for one night to eat a special meal prepared by Chef Michel Richard.

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        Jeanne RE: arktos Aug 17, 2010 12:27 PM

        I like mine grilled - cooked tix n xic style. Delicous!

        1. LA Buckeye Fan RE: arktos Aug 17, 2010 12:29 PM

          Nothing beats a baja fish taco, in baja, after a day of surfing. Off the right truck, of course.

          1. Miss Needle RE: arktos Aug 17, 2010 01:18 PM

            I like both. But at home, I usually grill it (or broil it in my case as I live in an apartment). I'm sure purists will have a fit as I serve it with some salsa, avocado, and cabbage slaw dressed with Total yogurt.

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              hill food RE: Miss Needle Aug 17, 2010 01:22 PM

              well, gasp and clutch the pearls Miss Needle! I prefer to leaving deep frying to the professionals who get to clean up afterwards...

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                Miss Needle RE: hill food Aug 17, 2010 01:49 PM

                Yeah, cleanup can be a bitch. I rarely deep fry at home. Even pan frying causes splatter everywhere. Pan-fried some turkey and tofu patties for bun cha over the weekend, and my kitchen was a disaster afterward. Luckily, the fairy (my sister) cleaned up my kitchen when I was gone -- her payment for me feeding her.

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                  Bada Bing RE: Miss Needle Aug 22, 2010 11:41 AM

                  Nice sister! At least for the kitchen-wide mess, a splatter-screen really helps with deep frying:


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              swamp RE: arktos Aug 17, 2010 01:24 PM

              I like mine fried when dining out, but when I make them at home I tend to lightly fry with just a dusting of seasoned flour.

              1. scubadoo97 RE: arktos Aug 19, 2010 03:55 PM

                way I make them from home is to cut mahi into cubes, coat with lime and zest, tequila, evoo S and P. Marinade for a few hours. Drain and dry. Dust on in a little Wondra and pan fry in just a little oil. Serve with a little shredded cabbage, radishes and sliced jalapenos if going for a little heat and topped with chipotle crema spiced with lime and honey to balance,.

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                  jeanmarieok RE: arktos Aug 19, 2010 08:09 PM

                  As long as I have slaw and crema, I prefer blackened fish to fried. But, I've had some awfully good fried fish tacos, too.

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                    jameshig RE: arktos Aug 22, 2010 07:51 AM

                    I prefer grilled. I know it's not classic, but I like it alot better. Also, don't like the blackening seasoning most grilled fish taco places use as it covers up the flavor of the fish.

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                      grayelf RE: jameshig Aug 22, 2010 09:54 PM

                      The fish tacos I had (obsessively) the last time I was in Baja were all lightly coated with something that got crunchy and almost tasted deep fried after being cooked on a flat top. That is the basis for the fish taco of my dreams...

                    2. mamaciita RE: arktos Aug 24, 2010 03:45 PM

                      This is the first fish taco recipe I tried, and It's also my long-time favorite:

                      Margarita Grouper Filets


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