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This recipe proudly boasts south of the border roots with its bold and spicy flavor, combining tilapia with avocado, homemade creamy dressing and more. Tilapia is a lovely fish to cook with because it has a rich flavor but is an economical choice. So how about surprising your family and friends tonight with a platter of these tacos one evening this week? There is no need to make the tilapia mixture spicy if you would prefer a milder dish, and you can tone it down or spice it up, according to your own preference. These tacos would go great with Mexican rice or another favorite south of the border dish.

Coating the fish is very easy. Dip the fish strips into the batter and then let the excess run off. Next you should roll the fish in panko crumbs until coated. If you put too much batter on the fish you will get clumpy results, so just coat the fish lightly with the batter before adding the breading. That offers a nice crispy result and even coverage.

There is no secret to making authentic tacos, but if you want yours to have a nice fresh flavor, then ensure you do as the Mexicans do, and use plenty of fresh ingredients, so as well as the fresh fish you will have tomato and avocado slices in the tacos, offering bright vibrant colors too. The sauce is really good and you can make it spicy if you like. Another idea is to omit the sauce and serve salsa and sour cream with the tacos instead.

Crunchy Panko Tilapia Tacos
Summary: Adding a crunchy coating to the tilapia gives these tacos a superior flavor. Add a spicy dressing and some avocado and tomato, and these tacos really take shape.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1½ lbs skinless tilapia filets
  • 1½ cups beer or seltzer water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 15 corn tortillas
For the Sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
For the Toppings:
  • 2 seeded, diced tomatoes
  • 2 sliced avocados
  • Fresh lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Cut the tilapia into 2 inch by 1 inch pieces.
  2. Whisk the beer with the cornstarch, garlic powder, cornstarch, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Dip each strip of tilapia into the beer mixture and then into the panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat ½ inch of oil in a skillet over a moderate to high heat.
  5. Fry 6 pieces of breaded tilapia at once so as not to overcrowd the skillet.
  6. After 2 or 3 minutes, of when the fish is golden brown on one side, flip it over.
  7. Whisk the sauce ingredients together while the fish cooks, adding the chili powder last, so you can control the spiciness.
  8. Drain the fish on a wire rack.
  9. If you have no wire rack, use paper towels.
  10. Draining the fat will keep the fish crispy.
  11. Heat the tortillas in a dry skillet until they are warm and bendy.
  12. Alternatively you can microwave them for 30 seconds.
  13. Add some of the fish to each taco, and top with avocado and tomato.
  14. Serve the dressing on the side and serve the tacos with lime wedges.

Photo Credit: Chili Lime Fish Tacos by mommyknows { Kim Becker }, on Flickr

Photo Description:

There is simply no comparison between fast food style tacos and these amazing homemade ones. Just look at the vibrant colors here. The tilapia is breaded for a nice crunchy appeal, and the avocado and tomato add freshness to the tacos. The dressing is really good and you can make it nice and spicy if you wish. A simpler alternative is to serve some sour cream and salsa on the side and let people add their own. A little shredded cheese is also a nice touch. Nothing beats the freshness of homemade tacos, and the contrast between the soft tortilla, the crunchy fish, the juicy vegetables and the spicy, creamy dressing means every mouthful will be really satisfying.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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