Fish tacos have got to be one of my favorite "Mexican" foods even though baja fish tacos (or especially the cajun blackened fish tacos) are about as tex-mex as you get. But these are super delicious and make a pretty light dinner. They don't feel heavy like Mexican food normally feels, most likely due to the lack of cheese and the presence of a great vinegar based coleslaw. If you make the cajun spice mix well in advance (this makes almost a whole cup of spice mix, so you'll have it for a while) you can throw this recipe together in a pinch. The spice mix is also great for a bunch of other more traditional cajun/creole recipes like gumbo or jambalaya.
Since we'll be moving back to California at the end of the summer, I've been trying to expand my repertoire of southern dishes so I can bring them home with me. It's taken me a while, but I've learned to love collard greens and (never thought I'd say this) grits while I've lived in Virginia. Damn, I am certainly going to miss good shrimp, grits, greens and bbq when I move back. I even like okra now. I never thought I'd see the day when that would happen.
I'm not normally a fan of Emeril and his recipes, but I must admit, this amended version of his bayou blast is really on the best spice mixes out there.
Ingredients for Cajun Spice Mix
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 Tbsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp dry thyme
- 1 Tbsp dry oregano
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dry mustard powder
- dried lemon or orange zest (or add a little fresh to whatever you are using it on)
Ingredients for Fish Tacos
- Tilapia or other firm what fish
- Corn or flour tortillas
- Any vinegar based coleslaw
- Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Cajun spice mix
- Generously rub the fish fillets with cajun spice mix.
- Cook with neutral oil in a pan until well blackened on both sides, finishing in the oven if necessary for thicker fillets
- Meanwhile, chop one chipotle chili and mix with 1/4 -1/2 cup mayonnaise (depending on your spice preference).
- Build fish tacos with tortillas, chipotle mayonnaise, fish and coleslaw. Serve with rice and beans if desired
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