Now you could certainly make these tacos with other fish, but again, pandemic things. We haven’t been able to buy our normal fresh fish this summer. Usually I am getting lots of salmon from the store and grilling it. This year, we are getting our fish fix with frozen shrimp and frozen fish fillets. I normally don’t buy tilapia because I prefer non-farm fish, but I can’t be as picky right now. So, when I found a bag of reasonably-priced frozen tilapia fillets, I bought it. I was going to make different things with them, but each time I ended up wanting them for fish tacos. It’s so easy and fast.
We are a fish-loving family. It’s nice to go to the store and pick up whatever is cheapest/freshest/on sale/etc. and know that we will like it somehow or another. I have yet to make a whole fish, which I want to try, but we like our fish in a skillet, grilled, from the sous vide, with sauce, baked, etc. This recipe is a good one if you have someone wanting to dip their toes into fish. We used rockfish instead of cod as the original recipe called for, just because of a sale, but it is a really nice mild fish that worked well for this. The fillets are super thin and you get a lot of crunchy bits to go with the fish. Everyone also really liked the dip.
Keeping it simple today for one of our family’s favorite proteins: halibut! It was on sale, fresh, and wild so I picked some up to grill. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I decided to have some fun and mix and match. I did use some flavor ideas from The Flavor Bible which is a great resource. The fish turned out perfectly and even if I don’t have black garlic, I will make it again.
Here I am bringing another sous vide recipe your way. This is not meant to sway you to buy one. I think I have said this before, but I never planned on having one. It was a gift and I wanted to find recipes to use with it. My best luck has been with seafood, so I wanted to share a favorite from this summer.
Today we are keeping things simple. A little bit of this and a little bit of that make for an interesting fish flavoring. I had extra honey butter from a pastry recipe linked below, and then decided to use it on fish. Add a little savory seasoning and it worked really well. I’ve also used a similar seasoning on salmon with good results. If you don’t have za’atar seasoning, you can certainly use a different spice mix. It’s just one of my favorites lately for fish.
Before you get on my case, I promise this white fish is salmon. Say what? Yeah. There was a new (to me) type of King Salmon available at my Costco and I was curious. I was going to pass on it until a stranger told me more about it. He said if I like King Salmon and had never had this type, that I should try it. I keep forgetting the name, but it is named for a river between BC and Alaska. It was a really nice piece of fish. Tender, moist, and all yummy fish traits without being “fishy”…not that that bothers me as much. But, this was still wild (troll) caught and I know wild fish tend to be fishier to some people.
I’m back with a Fish Friday post! I haven’t shared any fish recipes for a while. This one isn’t anything fancy. In fact, I had a few “fancy” ideas for the rockfish we bought. I was thinking of a tomato sauce, maybe putting a coating on it…there were a few ideas. Then, just before I was going to make it, K made a request. At his work’s cafeteria, there was some sort of ginger fish dish that sounded good, but he had not gotten it. He wanted something like that. Now, I had made a similar dish with salmon before and decided to do a similar version for the rockfish. K’s family usually steams fish, but my family always baked it, so that’s what I do here. I asked K if he wanted to try to steam it but apparently he did not have great results previously.