One weekend, while I was still in Las Cruces going to school, my sister and her boyfriend, Bryan, came to visit for a day or two. And trying to break out of the norm, from the usual beef or chicken dishes that everyone has up their sleeve as a quick go-to, I opted to make some fish tacos with a fresh mango salsa.
This dish is very easy to make and the salsa gets better the longer it sits. I must admit, however, that the longer it sits the mushier it will get. The acids in the lime and the mango will breakdown and it will end up soft like baby's food rather than crisp with a bite from the onions and jalapenos. The fish in the recipe can be substituted for any other white fish, including cod or sea bass or snapper.
Fish Tacos with a Mango Salsa
2 or 3 fillets of tilapia or other white fish
1 teaspoon cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
flour or corn tortillas
1 or 2 small ripe mangoes, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup red onions, diced
2 small limes
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
In a medium sized plastic or glass bowl, combine diced mangoes, onions and cilantro. Squeeze the juice of one lime over mixture and add cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Combine thoroughly and set aside for serving.
Before cooking, season fillets with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the fish in a skillet over medium heat just until the edges begin to turn a solid white. Flip the fish and continue cooking over heat until fully cooked. It's possible to cook the fish all the way through with just the residual heat of the pan once fish is flipped if the fillets are about 3/4 to 1/2-inch in thickness.
Once the fish is done, squeeze the half of the remaining lime over the fillets, directly into the pan. With a fork, break of up the fish into large flaky pieces. Heat up the tortillas and serve tacos warm with room temperature mango salsa.
I like to serve lime wedges with the tacos, so I reserve the second half of the lime to bring to the table. My sister loves this recipe because it's easy to cook and doesn't require a lot of preparation or cleanup.
I hope you'll give it a try. Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org, or hit me up on Twitter @Eatseatseats.
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