Tacos have been part of Mexico's culinary heritage for more than 100 years. These folded tortillas can be stuffed with any number of fillings — with each Mexican state claiming stake to their own. Fish tacos are said to come from Baja California, Mexico's northernmost state. While the original fish taco was made with deep-fried fish, this recipe — made with sautéed fish — is a delicious and fresh version. This recipe is easily doubled, which makes it a great dish to make when entertaining a crowd.
Served with rutabaga purée and braised red Russian kale, this wahoo recipe is a complete and balanced dinner for four. Wahoo, also known as ono, is a fish found off the coast of Hawaii and also in the Caribbean, and has a firm white flesh with mild flavor.
Batter-fried fish tacos as we know them in the United States originated in the 1930s in Ensenada, Mexico, home to a large Japanese immigrant population who worked in the fishing industry there. Along with their skills as fishermen, the Japanese also brought with them the technique for tempura—deep-frying fish in batter. The Mexicans adapted this technique to make tacos, using young shark, a very inexpensive local catch that held up beautifully when fried. These tacos are best served immediately as fried foods get soggy if left to sit. If you can’t find shark, substitute a firm, moist white fish like wahoo, tilapia, or mahi mahi.
A combination of mashed potatoes, crabmeat, and basil give the wahoo in this recipe the perfect crust. It's crunchy texture is perfectly paired with creamed spinach and bacon to make it an overall appetizing dish with a nice balance of flavors and textures.
This was given to me when I requested a recipe for Wahoo by Lainie. It turned out absolutely fantastic. I used the leftover sauce on angel hair pasta. It was like pesto without the nuts. My Daughter called it the best pasta in the world!