Fandango Fish Tacos



4 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living


2 pounds whole fish, cleaned
1 lime, cut in half
1/2 (16-ounce) package cornstarch
Vegetable oil
1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded (about 3 cups)
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
Crème fraîche or sour cream
8 corn tortillas, warmed


Rinse fish, and pat dry. Cut 1/2-inch-deep vertical slits on each side, about 1 inch apart. Rub lime halves thoroughly on inside and outside of fish.

Dredge fish in cornstarch; hold by the tail, and shake to remove excess.

Pour oil to cover in a large skillet or roasting pan; heat to 350° over medium-high heat.

Fry fish for 8 to 10 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Transfer fish to a platter; arrange lettuce and next 3 ingredients around fish. Serve immediately with remaining ingredients.

Note: We tested with red snapper, but you can substitute striped bass. Instead of frying, you can bake the whole fish for 40 minutes at 350º. Omit dredging fish in cornstarch.