Easy Fish Tacos

These easy fish tacos are perfect for a weeknight dinner!

I love fish tacos.

If they are on a menu, they’re going in my mouth.  That’s it.

But since we have two kids, I’d be better off lighting $40 on fire than trying to drag my toddler and infant to restaurant.

So I’ve tried creating fish tacos at home.  But doing the work of breading and frying the fish for dinner isn’t always feasible because kids.  Also, my two year old turns his nose up at my attempts at fried fish, so it’s just easier on everyone if I don’t bother.

However, I still want my fish tacos, so I was forced to get creative, and I came up with this recipe.  It uses fish sticks instead of frying your own fish, so if you’re look for some fancy recipe, this is not it!

But enough talking, here’s how I make my easy fish tacos!

Flour Tortillas

I do make my own flour tortillas.  I tried them a few month ago, and homemade flour tortillas are so easy and so much more delicious, that I haven’t bought tortillas in months! Mine are loosely based on this one by the Pioneer Woman with a few tweaks.  You will need:

  • Two cups of flour
  • Two and a half teaspoons of baking powder
  • One teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Half a cup of shortening (here’s where Pioneer Woman and I differ.  She uses lard and I can’t bring myself to use the stuff!)
  • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • One cup of very hot water

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, shortening and butter in an electric stand mixer.  Add the water.  Cover with a dish towel and allow to stand for an hour.  Then roll dough into walnut sized balls.  Flour the surface of a counter or table and roll them out into thin tortillas.  After all are rolled out, place one at a time in a very hot skillet (no oil or butter needed!).  Cook for 20-30 seconds on each side.  If the first few look a little weird, no worries.  You’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly!  But whatever you do, do not put butter on a hot tortilla fresh off the stove and eat it.  It’s a life changer and you too will never be able to eat store bought tortillas again!

Fish Tacos

You will need:

  • a box of fish sticks
  • some coleslaw without the dressing
  • pickled jalapenos
  • a tablespoon of mayo
  • juice from half a lime
  • cilantro
  • radishes

Cook fish sticks according to package instructions.  I typically figure two fish sticks per taco, plus three for my toddler.  While the fish sticks are cooking, make the slaw for the tacos.  Combine the coleslaw, pickled jalapenos, mayo and lime juice.  Mix together and garnish with cilantro.  Chop up some radishes and add them to your taco for garnish.  Put these babies together and enjoy!


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