Fandango Fish Tacos
- 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
- Roasted Habanero Salsa
- Salsa de Tomate Verde
- 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.
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