Monday, July 19, 2010

Fish and Shrimp Taco Bar

We went out for a seafood buffet the other night and asked our
waiter what the best item on the buffet was.  He said the
chef made-to-order fish and shrimp tacos.  I doubted him
when there were so many other options, but he was right.

My husband came home and wanted to duplicate this for Sunday
dinner with the family.
Our friend Wally had just come home from Alaska and given
us some beautiful halibut that he had caught, so that was the
fish.  You could use any mild white fish.  Cut into small cubes.
We also cut medium sized raw shrimp into small pieces, about
3 per shrimp.
They were both pan fried in a small amount of seasoned butter sauce.
 In a hot pan, I placed 1/8 C. butter sauce and about a heaping 1/2 C.
of the fish or the shrimp.

I used two different sauces to pan fry them.

For the fish:
1/2 C. melted butter
1 T. lemon pepper

For the Shrimp:
1/4 C. melted butter
1/2 C. honey
1 T. lemon pepper

Heat the butter sauce in a frying pan until bubbly, then
add the fish or shrimp.  Quickly fry it for a couple of
minutes.  Be sure not to overcook it.

The shrimp is our take on a local restaurant's shrimp tacos.

They serve theirs with a mango salsa.

Mango Salsa Recipe

2 ripe mangos, cubed
1/2 C. finely chopped red onion
1/4 C. chopped cilantro (this was from my garden)
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. chili powder

Gently mix all together.  Let chill.

To cube the mango, cut it in half, along both sides of the pit.
Score in both directions, then press the skin upwards to push
the fruit out. 
Then cut the fruit away from the skin.  I cut it into smaller cubes
by slicing each of these long pieces in half or thirds as I cut it away
 from the skin.
Heat corn tortillas with a little spray oil, like Pam, on a griddle
or a pan just enough to soften.  Don't cook until they are
hard.  Cover and keep warm.

Let everyone create their own taco.

We served ours with pico de gallo, guacamole, chopped red
onions mixed with chopped cilantro (very autentico)
chipotle mayo
 (1/2 C. mayo with 2 tsp. sauce from the canned
chipotle chilis in adobo sauce)
and the mango salsa.

The seafood buffet served chipotle mayo with their
fish taco.  I have to admit I was the only one that
tried that, but I thought it really was a great touch.

Even our non fish lover thought the halibut tacos were fab.
My daughter said it was like really tender chicken.

Everyone loves the sweet shrimp tacos.  On these we only use the
mango salsa.

It was a hit.

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  1. Looks DELICIOUS! Wishing we were there. My mouth is still watering.

  2. MMMMM! I love fish tacos! And yours look sooooo good!

  3. Your photography is fabulous. I'm very impressed with your credentials and like-to-do's. But the fact you are a YW President is the best of all. I'm sure the girls love you.

  4. I LOVE fish tacos....and these are making my mouth water! YUMMMM! Great tutorial - now I can make them at home!!: )

  5. I love seafood so I am going to have to try these. They look so simple to make and that mango sala sounds so yummy too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. YUMMY! We cannot eat shrimp (allergies) but the mango salsa (I am making that tomorrow!) and the rest of the feast looks amazing...I'll sub the shrimp!

    Your comment about Christmas on my blog made me kids both have a string of green light sin their rooms...every day since 1/1 I say I am taking them down...still up...might as well leave them up now. Better Homes and Gardens is not comign over anyway!

  7. omg the mango and shrimp tacos are original and amazing!!!! great idea =D

    and thank you for visiting my blog!!!

  8. Mmmm - that mango salsa sounds really good. I guess I would just have to try the fish tacos. I see them on menus but I am really unsure about them. I am glad I read this post because now I just might have to give it a try. :)

  9. Ohhh, they look divine! I love fish taco's I am going to try these! Thanks for your comments!, I am you newest follower!

  10. These look SO good! I recently discovered fish tacos and now I love them! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. I love shrimp and have always wanted to try shrimp or fish tacos--but just never have. These look absolutely heavenly! Oh, and chipotle mayo? Gotta try that, too!

  12. Jacqueline, we had an amazing fish taco dinner while in Florida and I also recreated it at my son's house over the weekend- YUM!! Still trying to catch up!
    xoxo Pattie

  13. YUM! I love fish tacos! Thanks for the dinner idea! :)

    The Nifty Nest

  14. looks delish!! something I will certainly be trying outdoors this summer. cool, inviting and ooh soo good for you too.

  15. can i just say, YUM. that looks so delicious. my husband doesn't like fish or shrimp, so i have to go out for seafood tacos.

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  17. I love shrimp tacos. These look so amazing!!!

  18. This looks so wonderful! I just bought some talapia tonight. Do you think it would work? Did you make or buy the chipotle mayo? Can't wait to try these!

  19. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! my husband and I are going to try your taco's! they look so amazing!

    I love your blog!!!


  20. We had fish tacos ourselves this week:) Love them. I would love for you to join me for this week's What's On the Menu Wednesday. Mister Linky is up and ready for you.

  21. These look delicious. When I was looking at the pictures I thought, "This is someone who knows authentic Mexican food." Then I read that you went to Lake Powell. You must live in Utah or Arizona. Our family of 8 lives in Arizona.

    Beautiful pictures on your blog and your ice cream trough is a very novel idea.


  22. Following you from Tasty Tuesday. What a pretty spread for tacos! Very nice recipe. I love the ingredients. Speaking of come on over to my blog and check out how mine are growing.

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  24. Jacqueline..., your fab purple table setting on the boat is part of my today's post on Completely Coastal. You can check it out here:

    Nautical and Beach Theme Table Settings


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