Pete's Fish Tacos
2 lbs fresh tuna (any white fish really... wahu, ahi, yellowtail, albacore, cod, shark, etc...)
1 cup flour (1/2 toss with fish, 1/2 put in bowl next to "batter" liquid)
4 oz. beer
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp ground mustard seed
1/8 tsp ground cloves
2 cups vegetable oil (enough to deep fry the fish)
8 oz. tomato sauce
6 red chilies (new mexican, fresno, chili de arbol...etc)
5 Tbsp mayonaisse
1 Tbsp plain yogurt
1 Tbsp water
Shredded cabbage or lettuce.
3 chopped plum tomatoes
1/4 small white onion. diced
Cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, etc... (whatever you like)
Heat 2 Tbs oil on medium high heat, and add red chilies. Char/blister on all sides. Chop them
coarsely and put in bowl. Dump the 8oz can of tomato sauce in there and stir. Set aside. (If you
can de-skin them before chopping, do so... but these chilis are usually too small for that.)
Stir together mayo, yogurt and water to make the white sauce. And prep the onion (diced), lettuce
(sliced into thin strips) and tomatoes (chopped).
Heat the oil in a pan or deep fryer. Get it nice and hot... at least 375 degrees F.
Cut fish into nice fillets for frying... about 3-4 inches long and 1 inch thick... or however you
like them in your taco. Toss with flour to coat all sides evenly. Stir up the beer, garlic salt,
paprika, cumin, clove, mustard seed in a bowl. When the oil is ready, dip the flour coated filet in
the beer/spice mixture, flip and dip again. This will form a sort of batter on both sides. Then
dip in flour once more, shake off excess and drop in the oil Add as many pieces as will fit
without crowding. Do it fairly quickly (but be careful... hot oil is dangerous). When golden brown
remove to a plate with paper towels to soak up the oil This shouldn't take long at all...
maybe 2 minutes tops. Between batches wait a bit for the oil to come back up to temperature. 5
minutes or so...
Prep the corn tortillas by heating them first. (Otherwise they'll just fall apart.) I just
turn on my gas burner and throw them on. Just a few seconds a side should do.
Now assemble your tacos and eat. Fish, white sauce, red sauce, chopped onion, tomato, shredded
cabbage/lettuce, and a squeeze of lime. (And whatever else will fit...)
This is based on Mario Improvisario's "Rubio's Fish Tacos" recipe: