Fish Tacos

Scup (fish) taco

Next time scup is on offer at the dock, make fish tacos.

Plenty for 2 flour tortillas:

  • ½ cup finely shredded red cabbage
  • 1 lime (half for squeezing, rest for wedges)
  • salt
  • 4 – 5 small cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tsp. chopped red onion
  • ½ tsp. minced jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tsp. chopped cilantro, plus a few extra leaves
  • 2 Tbs. sour cream

Beer-battered scup:

  • 4 oz scup filets, patted dry, cut into fingers
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour (1 for dusting fish, 1 for batter)
  • 2 Tbs. rice flour
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • about 1/3 cup fresh beer
  • corn oil for frying
  • To serve: lemon wedges, your favorite hot sauce, eg Rooster’s Rocket Fuel or Poquito Verde

Toss cabbage in a bowl with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, mix quartered cherry tomatoes with chopped onion, jalapeno, cilantro, a squeeze of lime and salt to taste. In a small cup, season sour cream with lime juice to your liking.

Heat oil for frying, at least three-quarters of an inch deep. Cut fish into little fingers; toss with 1 tablespoon regular flour. Mix remaining tablespoon of flour with rice flour and cornstarch in a shallow soup bowl. Open a bottle of beer; stir in about 1/3 cup fresh beer, enough to make a pancake-batter-like consistency. Dip flour-dusted fish into batter to coat. Fry fish in hot oil, turning, until crisp and golden-brown. Drain and sprinkle with salt.

Warm flour tortillas on a hot cast iron pan until they start to blister and brown. Add a smudge of limey cream to each. Arrange fish, red cabbage, tomatoes, extra cilantro on top. Serve with a lime wedge, hot sauce, and the rest of that beer you just opened.

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