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  • Writer's pictureLexi Mestas

Crispy Fish Tacos with Spicy Mango Salsa

Not much seems to be going well or flowing smoothly in our world recently but, I have to say, #cincodemayo falling on #tacotuesday feels like something to celebrate during this wild time. I am a huge fan of a sweet-salty-spicy combo, especially when it comes to tacos. So, I've taken inspiration from one of my favorites - The Mighty Cone in Austin, TX - to create this killer recipe.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hr 15 minutes

Makes 6 tacos


- 6 corn tortillas

- 8 oz cod (I used frozen)

- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (I used Gillian's Original Gluten Free Bread Crumbs)

- 2 1/2 tbsp almonds (roughly ground)

- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

- 2 1/2 tbsp sugar

- 1 egg, lightly beaten

- 1/4 cup milk (or shelf-stable/dairy-alternative)

- 2 jalapenos, diced, seeds removed

- 1/4 cup white onion, diced

- 1 mango, diced & lightly mashed

- pinch kosher salt

- pinch chili powder

- 1/2 lime, juiced & zested

- 2 tbsp non-fat Greek yogurt

- 2 tbsp mayo

- Tajin seasoning, to taste

- vegetable or canola oil for frying



1. In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, almonds, red pepper flakes, and sugar. Set aside.

2. Whisk together the egg and milk. set aside.

3. In a small bowl, prepare the salsa by combining the onion, jalapeno, mango, salt, chili powder, lime juice & zest. Set aside.

4. To prepare the crema - in a small bowl or ramekin, whip together the Greek yogurt and mayo. Set aside.

5. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, add an inch of oil. The oil is ready when you drop in a cube of bread and it bubbles intensely. Dip a piece of cod in the egg & milk mixture then into the breadcrumb mixture. Cover completely with breadcrumbs before placing in the hot oil, frying 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place the fried cod on a paper towel-covered plate to drain.

6. While the cod is cooling, prepare the tortillas by placing over an open flame over low-medium heat. Using tongs, flip back and forth occasionally, re-positioning to ensure all sides are toasted and lightly charred.

7. To assemble the tacos, top a tortilla with a teaspoon or so of the crema, then crispy cod, then mango salsa, and a dash of tajin. Enjoy!

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