Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

El Rey's Fish Tacos

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Guacamole: 

4 avocados, pureed

Zest and juice of 1 or 2 limes, depending on size 

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

A few drops green hot sauce, such as Tabasco

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Salsa Verde (Green Salsa):

1 pound/450g tomatillos

1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1 clove garlic, chopped 

1 onion, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 

Salt

Salsa Roja (Roasted Red Salsa):

6 Italian tomatoes, halved

4 cloves garlic

2 serrano peppers, seeded and halved

1 onion, peeled and quartered

1 tablespoon/15 ml olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves

Zest and juice of 1 lime 

Salsa Mexicana:

2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves 

1 clove garlic, minced

Zest and juice of 1 lime 

1 onion, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 

1 tablespoon/15 ml olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Fish:

2 cups/500 ml flour plus 1 cup/250 ml for dredging

1/4 cup/60 ml cornstarch

1 tablespoon/15 ml baking powder

Salt

2 1/2 cups/625 ml beer (2 bottles of beer)

2 eggs

1 pound/450g parrot fish, cut into large cubes (or any white flesh fish like red snapper, cod or halibut)

Canola or peanut oil, for frying

Corn tortillas

Garnishes:

Mayonnaise

Shredded cabbage

Onion slices

Cilantro leaves

Lime wedges

Directions

  1. For the guacamole: In a food processor, mix together the avocados, lime zest and juice, jalapeno pepper and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Keep in the refrigerator.
  2. For the salsa verde: Remove the papery husks from the tomatillos and rinse well. Cut in half and place cut-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place under a broiler for about 5 minutes to lightly blacken the skin. Place the tomatillos, cilantro, lime zest and juice, garlic, onions and jalapeno pepper in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until all the ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season with salt. Cool in the refrigerator.
  3. For the Salsa Roja: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lay the tomatoes, garlic, serrano pepper and onions on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until the tomatoes look soft and the onions and peppers have a nice char, about 30 minutes. Transfer into the recipient of the food processor and reduce into a coarse puree with the cilantro and lime zest and juice. Adjust seasoning. Add a little water if too thick. Keep in the refrigerator.
  4. For the Salsa Mexicana: Mix together the tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, lime zest and juice, onions, jalapeno pepper, red bell pepper and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Keep in the refrigerator. For the fish: To make the beer batter, in a large bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and some salt. Blend the beer and eggs, and then quickly stir into the flour mixture (don't worry about a few lumps). Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dust the fish pieces lightly with flour. Dip into the beer batter and fry until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  5. To serve: Place the fried fish in a tortilla, add a dollop of mayonnaise, and top with shredded cabbage, onions and cilantro. Top with guacamole, salsa verde, salsa rosa and salsa Mexicana.

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