Spicy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Guacamole

The crisp cornmeal coating on the fish contrasts nicely with creamy guacamole in these tacos, and mango gives sweetness to every bite.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 6 (6-oz.) flounder fillets
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 to 6 flour or corn tortillas
  • Mango Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Toppings: shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped tomato
  • Garnishes: lime wedges, fresh cilantro sprigs

Preparation

  1. 1. Place fish in a shallow dish. Squeeze juice of 1 lime over fillets.
  2. 2. Combine chili powder and next 3 ingredients. Sprinkle 1 1/2 Tbsp. seasoning mixture evenly over fish, coating both sides of fillets. Reserve remaining seasoning mixture.
  3. 3. Combine cornmeal and reserved seasoning mixture in a shallow dish. Dredge fish fillets in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.
  4. 4. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches in a Dutch oven; heat to 350°. Fry fillets, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain fillets on wire racks over paper towels.
  5. 5. Break each fillet into chunks, using a fork. Place fish in warmed tortillas, and serve with Mango Salsa, Guacamole, and desired toppings. Garnish, if desired.
  6. Cook's Notes: While we love the fried fish flavor, we also tried baking and grilling the flounder fillets. Both are great options. Here's how to do it:
  7. Baked Flounder Fillets: Omit oil from Spicy Fish Tacos recipe. Assemble as directed. Spray cornmeal-coated fish with vegetable cooking spray. Bake at 350° on a lightly greased rack on a baking sheet 12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.
  8. Grilled Flounder Fillets: Omit oil and cornmeal from Spicy Fish Tacos recipe. Assemble as directed. Reduce salt to 1 tsp. Sprinkle fish evenly with chili powder, salt, cumin, and red pepper. Lightly grease a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil; line cooking grate with foil. Place fish on lightly greased side of foil; grill, covered with grill lid, over high heat (400° to 500°) 8 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork, turning once.
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