The menu: Fish Tacos

The girls were at their grandparents for dinner tonight which gave Corey and I a rare chance to have a quiet dinner alone. We decided on fish tacos, something neither of us had eaten before. I grew up in San Diego, surrounded by fish tacos, but always thought fish and tacos somehow didn't go together. We found our recipe on

Fish Tacos

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup beer

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 teaspoon minced capers
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 quart oil for frying
1 pound cod fillets, cut into 2 to 3 ounce portions
1 (12 ounce) package corn tortillas
1/2 medium head cabbage, finely shredded

To make beer batter: In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Blend egg and beer, then quickly stir into the flour mixture (don't worry about a few lumps).
To make white sauce: In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and mayonnaise. Gradually stir in fresh lime juice until consistency is slightly runny. Season with jalapeno, capers, oregano, cumin, dill, and cayenne.
Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Dust fish pieces lightly with flour. Dip into beer batter, and fry until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Lightly fry tortillas; not too crisp. To serve, place fried fish in a tortilla, and top with shredded cabbage, and white sauce.

These were awesome for so many reasons. First, they were home made and fresh. I'm trying to cut out processed foods as much as possible and, except for the salsa and tortillas which we bought pre-made, this meal was fairly natural (though, by no means healthy since it was fried fish). Second, the sauce is amazing. I wanted to pour it on the rice, the chips, everything in sight. And the fish was light and crispy and perfectly golden brown. The whole meal (minus the beer) was about $12, which is reasonable and much cheaper than eating out. I could have saved money by planning ahead and buying ingredients on sale, but this was sort of a whim.

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