Beer Battered Fish Tacos



Here I am again, with yet another recipe inspired by The Defined Dish. You can check out her healthier version of this recipe here.

Fish or shrimp are by far my favorite rendition of a taco. My go to at any taco establishment is usually seafood related – Tempura Shrimp Tacos at Fuzzy’s, Fish & Chips taco at Velvet Taco, and the Baja Shrimp Taco at Rusty Taco. Hashtag YUM!

Alex with The Defined Dish never fails me, so when I saw her post her recipe I knew I had to try. All hail my non-paleo, non-healthy version of her Paleo Battered Fish Tacos, below!

RECIPE

Prep Time  25 minutes

Cook Time  30  minutes

Serves 5 people 

Ingredients

Fish & Shrimp
  • 4 tbsp Avocado oil (vegetable oil is fine, too.)
  • 1 lb skinned Cod, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail off
Batter
  • 1 cup beer (I used Heineken)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
Slaw
  • 4 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp hot sauce (I use Valentina)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups shredded purple cabbage
For Serving
  • 12 tortillas
  • Pico de gallo
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Start by making the batter for frying the fish and shrimp. In a large mixing bowl, combine the beer, flour, baking soda, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper. Whisk well and set aside for a bit to let it thicken. (The batter should be similar to pancake batter – not runny, but not thick.)
  2. For the slaw, in a separate bowl combine the mayo, lime juice, garlic cloves, hot sauce and salt. Set aside – we will add the cabbage to the mixture later.
  3. To cook the fish, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Take about 1/2 of the fish and place in the bowl containing the batter. Gently toss to coat. Using tongs or a fork, one by one, carefully place each strip of coated fish into the hot oil. Try not to overcrowd the pan – none of the fish should be touching. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on a place on a paper towel lined plate or cutting board, and dust with a little salt and pepper. Repeat this step until all of the fish has been cooked.
  4. Heat the tortillas one at a time on a dry or very lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat for about 30 seconds per side.
  5. Now, add the cabbage to the slaw mixture.
  6. Assemble by adding slaw, then fish, then pico de gallo and fresh cilantro to each tortilla.

Tips

  1. Don’t have any pico de gallo on hand? You just need one tomato, 1/2 red or white onion, 1 jalapeno, a squeeze of lime juice, a bit of fresh cilantro, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Remove seeds from tomato and jalapeno, and finely chop them along with the onion. Add to a small mixing bowl, along with cliantro, lime juice and seasonings. Gently stir to combine.

Seafood Stuffed Salmon


Around my house, I jokingly refer to this as “Marry Me Salmon”. Michael likes to give me a hard time by saying I trapped him with my cooking – which was totally unintentional. However, I will say if it was any one meal in particular that hooked him, this was probably it.

Even if you’re not just smitten with the amazing new woman in your life (haha), this is sure to be a crowd pleaser for any seafood lover.

You can make this with one whole cut of salmon, or with individual sized salmon fillets. I’ve done it both ways, and either way you slice it – pun totally intended – it’s sensational.

Seriously how does this not make your mouth water!?

RECIPE

Prep Time  20 Minutes

Prep Time  20 Minutes

Serves  4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Fresh Salmon
  • 1 package Cream Cheese (8 oz), softened
  • Generous amount of spinach
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 can lump crab meat (6 oz)
  • 8-10 cooked jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped.
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Over medium heat, drizzle olive oil in a skillet. Cook garlic until fragrant – about 30 seconds. Add in spinach and sauté, stirring constantly, until tender – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, cooked spinach, about 2/3 of the crab meat, and 2/3 of the cooked shrimp. Season the mixture with Old Bay, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper and Cayenne (if desired).
  4. For the salmon, make a pocket in the fillet by gently cutting a horizontal slit in the salmon flesh, leaving about one inch on each end connected. Do not cut all the way through to the other side – this is a pocket, not a hole!
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place salmon on top, skin side down. Generously season the salmon flesh with all seasonings listed above.
  6. Using a spoon, scoop cream cheese mixture into the pocket of the salmon. The pocket should be pretty full – don’t be stingy with the stuffing!
  7. In the same pan you cooked the spinach, melt butter over medium heat. Add in bread crumbs and mix well until it becomes paste like in consistency. Once butter is melted, this should only take a few seconds.
  8. Spread buttered breadcrumbs on top of the salmon filet – this will create a crust like consistency for the top of the salmon.
  9. Lightly sprinkle remaining cheese, crab meat and shrimp over the top of the stuffed salmon.
  10. Bake at 400º for 20-25 minutes.

Tips

  • For the lump crab meat – you can definitely use fresh lump crab meat from your local fish market or deli. They didn’t have any when I went, and I found the canned version to be just as good. Just make sure you drain any excess water or oil if using the canned meat.

Easy Creamy Alfredo Sauce


Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you haven’t noticed, pasta is kind of my thing. Probably too much my thing, honestly. Then again, who doesn’t like pasta?

I always avoided making Fettuccini Alfredo at home because all of the jarred Alfredo sauces were pretty gross, to say the least. So instead I would hop on over to good old Olive Garden anytime I was craving a hefty serving of Seafood Fettuccini Alfredo. Yes, Olive Garden. Sue me.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

Well, once again we owe a huge shoutout to #lockdown2020 because I finally had the time and desire to try making Alfredo sauce at home. Little did I know, it was pretty basic and consists only of the things I love most – milk, cheese, butter and garlic. You know, all the healthy things we keep around the kitchen.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Recipe

Prep Time  5  minutes

Cook Time  15 minutes

Serves 6 people 

Ingredients

  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt one stick of butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour in over butter and garlic, and whisk together to thicken. 
  2. Whisk in milk, cream, cream cheese and parmesan and simmer for 5-7 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, gradually add in more cream or milk until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tips

  1. This sauce tastes great in pasta, but would also be delicious lightly drizzled over steak or veggies.  
  2. Add in some red pepper flakes for a little heat, or grated Romano for a little extra flavor.