Tilapia Tacos

April 29, 2012

in Domesticated Dishes, Headliners, Sound Bites, Vegetarian-Ish

I am not a picky eater.

I’ll eat anything you set in front of me, and most of what you hid in the back of the pantry from me. When you’re making dinner plans, just be fore-warned that you will be eating with a lifetime member of the Clean Plate Club. So if you ask me what I want? The answer is whatever you’re having.

Which is also the Big Man’s answer. Makes dinner planning around here a rousing round of “The Song That Never Ends.” But without the fluffy white lamb.

I’m not a picky eater.

Unless you make the mistake of asking me what I don’t want….

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Sauerkraut
  • Ham, Turkey, Chicken – but only in deli meat form
  • Coconut
  • Lima Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Dark Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • American Cheese
  • Bleu Cheese (aka, Gorgonzola)
  • Hummus
  • Raw Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Avocado
  • Fake crab, unless its this exact certain brand sold only in Super Walmarts in the Eastern half of the contintental United States.
  • Fish
Now if you put any of these things in front of me, I will eat them. It’d be rude not to. But I’ll also be using that entire bottle of ketchup, so don’t even think about asking me to pass it down the table.
Unless its Brussel Sprouts. In which case, please don’t ask to look in my napkin.
But with two kids old enough to walk/roll/drag themselves over to Nibble’s cage and help him taste-test his latest meal, I figure it might be time to eat like an adult. Even when I’m the one cooking. And so, I’ve begun a Project. To expand my food choices beyond Chicken, the fake crab sold only in the Super Walmart’s pre-packaged fish section, and Lucky Charms. If it’s not something I’ve tried since the birth of my latest child? It’s going on the menu.
Except for Brussel Sprouts. I’m still OK with trusting my gut on that one
So far, I’ve recovered from my aversions to avocado, large quantities of hummus eating in one sitting, and tiny amounts of raw onions and jalapenos hidden within a larger dish.
Which brings us to today’s recipe. Beer-Battered Tilapia Tacos with Tomato & Avocado Salsa.
And cheese. Don’t forget the cheese.
It. Is. Delicious.
Despite my penchant for cooking enough in one batch to last an entire week, minimum, I love this recipe. Granted, we still eat it for an entire week, minimum. But I fry up the fish fresh each evening – which, in my book, counts as making a fresh, hot meal from scratch each and every time.
The fact that I’m also forced to enjoy the left over beer each night has NOTHING to do with it….nothing….

Tilapia Tacos
Dish: Entree
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Feeds: 6
The original recipe can be found at: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/beer_battered_fish_tacos_with_tomato_avocado_salsa.html
  • 3 Tilapia Filets
  • 3 Tbsp Flour
  • ¼ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ Tsp Cumin
  • ⅛ Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
  • ½ Cup Blue Moon Belgian White Beer
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • Tomato & Avocado Salsa
  • Shredded Cheese
  • 6 Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 6 Leaves of Romaine Lettuce
  1. Slice the filets in half, length-wise, then cut into ¼inch-wide strips.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, freshly ground pepper, and beer, until smooth.
  3. Place fish in bowl with beer mixture to coat.
  4. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Place half of the fish in the pan, one piece at a time to avoid clumping, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  6. Remove fish, place on paper towels to drain, and repeat with the remaining fish.
  7. Shred the Romaine lettuce, place on tortillas, layer on cheese and Tomato & Avocado Salsa, and top with freshly-fried fish.
  8. Serve immediately.
Don't fry up more than you can eat. Leftovers do not do so well. Unless you're a fan of mushy, doughy fish. And if you've got a hungry horde nipping at your heels? Don't just dump All the fish and beer batter in at once. It won't end well. At least not for you...


{ 1 comment }

Krystyn April 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Those look delicious.

And, I’m a pain when it comes to food, too, but so many things on your list I love. Coconut..dark chocolate..hummus…avocado. Yum!

My biggest dislikes…onion (cooked or raw) and garlic. And, amazingly, my food has flavor!

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