fish tacos

Ocean Perch Tacos

BY BILL ST. JOHN

For certain foods — wings, dogs, spicy eats, or, as here, fish tacos — the default beverage is beer, by wide acclaim. What beer does is refresh and cleanse the palate. Wine can do that too, especially if it carries bracing acidity.

You'll need:
2 skinned ocean perch fillets (6 ounces each)
1 bag (16 ounces) shredded cabbage and carrots
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin and chili powder
1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and salt
6 (or more, if small) flour tortillas

Makes 6 servings

Make a coleslaw: Stir together in a bowl the shredded cabbage and carrots, the onion, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside. Place perch fillets on a lightly greased broiler pan; brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with the cumin and chili powder, the dried oregano and salt; rest 15 minutes. Broil fish until lightly browned. Flake with a fork in a bowl. Fill 6 heated tortillas with shredded fish; top with coleslaw.

Opah Fish Tacos

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3/4 lb to 1 lb Opah
juice of 1-1/2 limes, and 1 lime wedge (the rest of that second lime can be served with the beer
2-3 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
4 chipotle peppers in adobo
6 oz plain yogurt
1 1/2 c. shredded red cabbage
1/4 c. diced red onion
1/3 c. whole kernel corn
1/2 c. cilantro, roughly chopped
pinch of salt
6 slices of avocado
crumbled cotija cheese
6 corn tortillas

1. Marinate the fish in the lime juice and cayenne for 20 mins.
2. Puree the chipotles with the yogurt for the sauce.
3. Toss the shredded cabbage, diced onion, corn, and cilantro with the juice of one lime wedge and a pinch of salt
4. Cook the fish over medium heat in a skillet with a little oil, then toast the tortillas.
5. Spread a little chipotle sauce on each tortilla, then add the fish, slaw, a slice of avocado and a sprinkle of cotija...and there you have it, six tacos for two good eaters.

Throw on some fresh pico de gallo, and cotija cheese and you've got yourself some tacos!

P.S. There'll be some extra chipotle sauce...it's great on a bacon cheeseburger with some red onions.