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Fish Tacos with Apple Slaw and Chipotle Mayo

One of my favorite ways to eat the bounty of panfish that the hubs brings home from his ice fishing escapades is in these SoCal style fish tacos. Because panfish are bite-sized to begin with, they’re perfect for this dish but you could easily use a similar white fish that’s local to your area. Add in a little spicy mayo and some tangy slaw for crunch and you’ve got one tasty little taco!
fish tacos

Panfish Tacos
serves 2-3
2 C panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 C flour
1 C vegetable oil
16 panfish fillets (8 panfish) or 2 lg tilapia fillets, sliced into small chunks
4-6 small flour tortillas
Chipotle Mayo
hot sauce (I like Crystal brand)

Set up two shallow bowls, one with flour, one with eggs. Pour panko into a large Ziploc bag or bowl (I like a bag because it makes it easy to toss). Add salt and pepper and mix well. Meanwhile, add vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and begin to heat oil. Oil should be about 1/4-1/2 inch deep in pan. Use a kitchen tongs to dip each piece of fish first into the flour, coating lightly on all sides, then into the egg wash and finally into the panko. Place several pieces into the panko bag and pat the bag to toss the fish within so that the breadcrumbs coat each piece fully. Remove each piece and place on a separate clean plate.

Test temperature of oil by carefully flicking a tiny bit of water or 1-2 panko crumbs into the pan. Oil should pop if it is hot enough. If oil is not hot enough, your fish will soak up oil and be greasy instead of crispy and flaky. Carefully add fish pieces to the hot oil, frying for 2-3 minutes per side and turning with a tongs part way through the process. While fish are frying, set up a plate with 1-2 paper towels. Extract one fish and double check that it is done. Fish should be golden brown and flaky in the center. Transfer fish to the towels to absorb any excess oil. Assemble tacos immediately.

fish fry

Cilantro Apple Slaw
1/2 granny smith apple, julienned
2 C broccoli slaw mix
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp cumin
dash cayenne
dash salt

In a medium bowl, combine apple, slaw mix and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin, cayenne and salt. Drizzle over slaw and toss well to coat.

Spread a thin layer of mayo on each tortilla. Top with several pieces of fish and slaw. Sprinkle with hot sauce.
fish tacos



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Salmon Burgers with Chipotle Mayo

The hubs is in the peak of summer fishing season, which means salmon and trout are abundant at our house. Most of the time we end up grilling or baking our fish, which is easy, tasty and healthy but since I’ve only got days to weeks (please let it be days!) left of semi-guilt-free eating I’m going to indulge a bit.

These salmon patties are based on a crab cake recipe, which gives them the same rich flavors. You could probably bake them to make them a bit healthier but I haven’t tried it yet.  I serve them with chipotle mayo – which I could (and do) eat on just about anything!crab cake style salmon patty

Salmon Patty Burgers with Chipotle Mayo

adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

3/4 lb salmon, skinned, de-boned and chopped into small cubes
1/4 C mayo
3-4 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
3 green onions, chopped
handful of parsley, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 C flour
1 C panko breadcrumbs + 2 tsp Old Bay
vegetable oil

Remove any bones or skin from salmon filets and chop into small cubes. Do not use a food processor as it will turn the salmon to mush. A fine chop will help the patties stay together and still keep the texture you want. Add to a medium bowl. Gently mix in green onions, mayo and bread crumbs and combine until salmon cubes are well coated. Mix in Old Bay, parsley, salt and pepper until spices are worked through mixture. Form mixture into hamburger-sized patties, about 1/3-1/2 inch thick.

Create a breading station with a shallow bowl, containing beaten eggs, and two plates. Pour flour onto one plate and breadcrumbs onto the second. Season breadcrumbs with extra Old Bay, salt and pepper. Carefully dip each patty in flour, then egg wash, then breadcrumbs and transfer to a clean plate. In a cast iron pan or deep skillet, add a thin layer of vegetable oil. Oil should not be any deeper than about 1/3 the thickness of your patties. Heat oil until hot. Test by flicking a small bit of water in it – hot oil will bubble and pop. Turn down to med-high heat and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until salmon is cooked through to an opaque pale pink color.  Remove patties from oil and pat off excess oil with paper towels.  Serve immediately.

Chipotle Mayo
1/4 tsp chipotle powder or 1-2 minced chipotle peppers in adobo
3/4 C mayo
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lime juice
pinch kosher salt

For chipotle mayo, in a small bowl mix mayo, chipotle powder or minced peppers, garlic, lime juice and salt. Add more chipotle or lime to taste to adjust heat level.

chipotle mayo

Serve patties with a spread of chipotle mayo and lettuce on buns. Serve additional mayo for dipping if desired.

salmon burger


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