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Fish tacos

He was wild, he was fresh, he was available, and he was mine.

I held him in my arms.

I was thinking: “Rock Cod, you white fleshy fish, what shall I do about you?”

“The kids won’t eat it”, said Suburban cowboy.

“Maybe in tomato sauce?” I tried.

“No”, he dismissed.

And he was right.

I scratched my head, envisioning sadly my fish getting tossed in the garbage, all alone and abandoned, and stinky after it goes bad because no one wants to eat it.

Scratch, scratch.

What’s a woman in distress to do?

Seek help on…Twitter.

As I consulted with my followers on Twitter about ideas and recipes, I recalled Suburban cowboy’s recently made fish tacos.

A-Ha! moment.

Fish tacos. I can make those. They’ll be good. They’re easy to make.

Fry in some butter and splash some lemon juice. I can do that.

And I love tacos and wraps because then the kitchen’s table looks like this at dinner,

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Hmm. Fish. Tacos. Not a bad idea at all…

Tacos for dinner are so festive and it feels like a party.

A taco assembling party.

Make-your-own-taco fête.

Of course my little one won’t touch a fish, not even with feet long pink fork, but, oh, well… Let’s Paaar-tyyy!

Fish tacos

Makes 4 servings

For the fish:
1 to 1-1/2 lb. white fish with firm flesh (one that can be fried and turned without breaking up, or is it down?), cut into large pieces, remove all bones
extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
salt
ground black pepper
1/2 lemon

In a 10-12 inch (non-stick) skillet, heat about 3 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides.

Put the flour in a shallow dish and dredge the fish on both sides. Shake any excess off.

Fry about 4 minutes per side or until nicely browned (see photo below) and cooked through (check one piece by cutting in the middle and taking a peek).

Remove to a platter lined with paper towels.

Splash some lemon juice.

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fried rock cod_tacos

Serve with:

sour cream

grated cheese

shredded cabbage

cilantro

lemon/lime

warmed tortillas

corn

chopped veggies

oh, and avocado!

etc etc…

Any leftovers make a very awesome lunch!

Add crushed tortilla chips.

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Categories : Fish and Seafood, Main dishes/entrées, Recipes



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