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Rachael's Baja Beer-Battered Fish Tacos
This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit RachaelRayShow.com.
2 quarts safflower, vegetable, or canola oil, for frying
For the sauce:
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup chipotle hot sauce (I like Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce)
Salt and pepper
For the slaw:
Juice of 2 limes (about ¼ cup)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper
2 cups shredded jicama or matchstick-size pieces of jicama
1 large shallot or ¼ red onion, finely chopped
A handful (about ⅓ cup) of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
2 Fresno chiles, very thinly sliced
For the fish:
1½ cups flour
1 teaspoon each granulated garlic, granulated onion, and chili powder (I like Gebhardt) or smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 bottle (12 ounces) lager beer (I like Dos Equis or Corona)
2 pounds skinless sustainable cod or halibut, cut into 3- to 4-inch by 1-inch pieces
Flaky sea salt
For the tortillas and toppings:
8 corn tortillas
Toppings (optional): sliced pickled jalapeño peppers, shredded green or red cabbage, and/or crumbled queso fresco
In a tabletop fryer or large Dutch oven, heat the safflower oil over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer registers 360°.
In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and chipotle hot sauce; season the chipotle sauce with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, whisk the lime juice, olive oil, honey, and cumin; season. Toss in the jicama, shallot, cilantro, and chiles.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, spices, and salt. Whisk in the beer. Working in batches, coat the fish in the batter. Fry until cooked through and deep golden, about 4 minutes per batch; return the oil to 360° between batches. Drain the fish on paper towels. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
In a dry skillet over high heat or directly on a gas burner, cook the tortillas until softened and charred in spots, about 1 minute per side.
Build the tacos with the tortillas, fish, chipotle sauce, and jicama slaw. Add the toppings, if using.