tofino fish tacos

Today is the day we took the plunge… and bought a deep fryer.  So wrong, yet sooo right.  Anyway, while we were in Tofino over the new year, we got to try the famous  baja-style fish tacos from the Tacofino food truck and it was amazing.  We’ve been making our version of their tacos ever since and, as we just got our deep fryer today, we figured we should give it a spin with fish tacos.  Basically, these are tacos with chipotle mayo and tempura-battered fish; really yummy.  I tried to replicate Tacofino’s tacos as much as possible and I have to say that despite the fact that we don’t have the incredibly fresh fish that the west coast has, these are really good!

2 small to medium fillets of cod  /  3/4 cup flour  /  1 egg  /  1/8 tsp baking soda  /  1 cup ice cold water  /  a few heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise  /  2-3 tsp of chipotle chilli powder or about a tsp of tinned chipotles, minced  /  4 medium flour tortillas  (warmed)  /   shredded lettuce  /  fresh salsa (which I forgot to include in the photo, oops!)  /  canola oil for frying

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In a wok, pot, or deep fryer (!), heat up canola oil to about 350F.  In the meantime, prepare your fish by cutting them into roughly 1 inch cubes.  Next, make your tempura batter.  In a medium bowl, combine the egg with the cold water.  Then stir in the flour and baking soda, mixing only very gingerly and until it is just mixed.  It’s ok if there are lumps because over-mixing it will make your tempura coating doughy and chewy.   Make up a simple chipotle mayo by, obviously, mixing the chipotle chilli powder into the mayonnaise.  When the oil is ready, dip each piece of fish into the batter and then place into the oil (we like to batter the fish with chopsticks but use whatever suits you).  Don’t overcrowd the fish because then they will all clump together as they fry!  Fry until the fish are golden and then simply assemble your tacos:  warm tortilla, spread on some of the chipotle mayo, add the fish, and top with shredded lettuce and salsa.

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Rock says that these are one of our favourite things to eat ever since we were in Tofino and whenever I suggest we make them, he gets super stoked.  Give these tacos a try; happy frying!

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