Saturday, March 24, 2012

Beer-battered Fish Tacos and Fried Plantains

Tonight we made beer-battered fish tacos and fried plantains with a spicy mango salsa!

I have a confession.  I really love fish tacos.  Whenever I see them on a menu, I almost always order them in my quest to find the best fish tacos around!  In my opinion, Cuatro's in Austin, TX is the reigning champion of 'Best Fish Tacos'. :)  So simple, so delicious, so perfect.

Here in Houston, I haven't really found any tacos that compare.  So, we decided to spend the evening trying to make some tasty fish tacos.  We started out with some plantains that we bought at Central Market this morning.

and ended up with these:

Then we moved to making the beer batter for the fish.  We went with tilapia and seasoned it up a bit before adding it to the batter.  This was my first time making beer batter, which was surprisingly easy.  It's about a 1-1 ratio of flour to beer.  Add in a bit of salt, sugar and baking powder and you're ready to go.

After coming out, they looked delicious!

Because we had a bit of extra batter, we opted to make a few onion rings.  We do not fry things very often, partly because it's terrible for you and partly because it's a big ordeal to clean up the oil afterwards.

Anyways, the mango salsa ended up being a bit too spicy by itself, but went perfectly with both the plantains and the tacos.  I think both dishes were a great success!

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