I’ve saved the best for last, because I love you all like that. This is by far one of our new family favorites.
Chris’ Mum taught me how to make amazing fried fish years ago, and I’ve been making it for Chris ever since. It’s his favorite meal. And, living right on the beach means we have access to fresh fish. Our favorite is by far Mahi Mahi, or Dorad as they call it in Haiti. There are a few fishermen that know they should come by our house when they’ve caught a Mahi Mahi before they try selling it anywhere else. We can buy fish off the beach for about $2 US/lb. Because Haiti has a “fish season” we’ll stock up when we can and freeze fish for later enjoyment. The perk of buying it off the beach is that the price includes cleaning and cutting, so I don’t have to do much prep work, especially if Yonese is working when they come by. She makes sure the fisherman is cutting it up properly and will de-bone it for me before we freeze it.
This recipe has a few parts to it, so I’ll do the fried fish part first, then tell you how we put it all together.
Mum Rolling’s Fried Fish
Fish, of your preference (except salmon), filleted and cut into 4×4″ pieces (you can also do sticks if you want)
2-3 c flour
2-3 tsp seasoning salt
2-3 tbsp water
Oil for frying
1. Prepare fish and lay in a dish or plastic container with an airtight lid. You can layer the fish to fit it all in. Pour in enough lemon juice to generously coat the bottom layer of fish. Close the container and let rest for several hours, turning it periodically to soak all fish.
2. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. You don’t want it too hot or you’ll burn the outside before the inside is cooked.
3. In a gallon sized Ziploc bag mix your flour and seasoning salt. I keep any extra coating in the freezer for future batches, and just keep adding to it as needed. It’s not an exact science!
4. In a shallow dish scramble your eggs and water with a fork until well mixed.
5. In a shallow pan (I use a round cake pan) put about 1/2 inch of bread crumbs.
6. Now, you want to set your assembly line up. Working towards your stove you want your open container of fish, then your bag of flour/salt, your egg wash, and lastly the bread crumbs.
7. Take a piece or two of fish and shake them in the flour until completely coated. Transfer to the egg wash, one piece at a time, and thoroughly coat the piece of fish. Now place the piece in the bread crumbs and shake the container side to side to coat one side, then flip and repeat until the entire piece is coated in crumbs. Place in hot oil and cook for about 4 minutes per side, depending on how thick your pieces are. Remove from oil and place in an oven safe dish lined with paper towel to drain. Keep cooked fish in a warm oven. Cook all of your fish. Unless you want sushi. Then don’t cook it all, but also don’t dip it in eggs. That would be bad.
Now onto the TACOS! I have to tell you… The first time I made this Chris came in the house and said, “Are you making fish?!?” When I told him I was making fish tacos he feigned enthusiasm. Then we sat down to dinner, and it was amazing. He still likes fried fish better than fish tacos, but he LOVES the fish tacos too and admits he was very skeptical to the point of thinking that I was ruining perfectly good fish by wanting to put it in a taco.
So, to make FISH TACOS I make a batch of fried fish, and a batch of tortillas, and a batch of the Creamy Pepper Dip from earlier this week. I shred up lettuce (you could also use green cabbage), and then we sit down and gorge ourselves. Because it’s so delicious you can’t stop. I put a piece of fish on the tortilla and cut it up a bit with my fork. Then a small handful of lettuce and a couple of spoonfuls of the Creamy Pepper Dip. (Really, the taco is just a vessel for the dip) Roll and eat.
If you like fish and spicy and delicious, you NEED to try this. We’ve had friends over and weeks later they were still talking about the fish tacos (Hi!!!!!). I’ve had people ask when they were going to get to come over for fish tacos because they’ve heard how amazing these were. And, Chris, who never updates his facebook status, actually wrote about the fish tacos. It’s one of those things where a few things that are delicious in their own right crash together and become amazing.
Go eat some tacos!! You can thank me later.