Haddock Tacos: Creamy Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw topped with a Cornmeal Crusted, Pan Fried Haddock with a Sriracha Greek Yogurt Sauce. Served in warm corn tortillas.
I love tacos. Freaking LOVE them. I want to tell you all about my love for them, and how great this haddock was.... but I have a rant I need to get off my chest.
I can be a bit of a food snob from time to time. I think I have mentioned that before... I like so many people have a soft spot for some junk in my life. We all need a Cheeto at times. It's OK. It will not kill us if we consume that type of food in moderation.
What I tend to not fully understand is how people can live off that stuff. If I stop for something at a fast food joint for lunch on a super busy day. I feel sick. It depletes my energy, I feel bloated and tired... not to mention I have gotten quite sick from some bad Taco Bell. The food is just bad news.
I try really hard not to be judgmental towards others and their choices. But when I see someone with a cart full of Hungry Mans and Diet Coke in front of me at the grocery store and her daughter who looked to be about 8 years old asks if she can buy some watermelon and her mom says no.... I can't help it. I start to wonder what the heck is wrong with this mother?! Buy the kid some freaking fruit... better yet, stop what you are doing put back the junk and get some whole grains, perhaps some salad fixings. A child does not need a microwaved Salisbury steak with instant mashed potatoes and a brownie.
I know shopping healthy can sometimes cost more money. But there is a happy medium don't you think? There has got to be ways of shop healthier on a tight food budget. I've actually looked at the prices of some of those TV dinners, you are looking at $3.00 a person for a meal that most likely does not leave you feeling satisfied. I know for a fact I can make something to feed a family of 4-5 with only $10. I've done it. I am not saying that everyone should buy a cart full of organic unprocessed foods. I know that gets costly. But a weeks worth of Hungry Mans and soda?! Come on.
I am not that talented. I am no culinary superstar or fancy pastry chef. I make everyday food that anyone can make at home. If I can cook a decent meal for myself and my kids, so can anyone else.
Want to know a super easy healthy meal that you can make yourself? Fish Tacos!
When I went Maine a few weeks ago with the Cabot Fit Team, Cabot put us bloggers up at the Higgins Beach Inn in Scarborough. It was your traditional seacoast bed and breakfast. Very New England.... but the food! Oh my god, I ate pretty well there. They had some fish tacos made with Haddock that I am now kind of obsessed with. They are the type of tacos dreams are made out of.
Needless to say... I am on fish taco kick. Here is my latest and greatest version. The haddock I coated in a flour/cornmeal mixture, pan fried in olive oil. Placed it in a warmed corn tortilla with some fresh vegetables, a creamy lime coleslaw and a Greek yogurt sriracha sauce to give it some heat.
Haddock Tacos with Sriracha Yogurt Sauce
1.5-2lbs fresh haddock (preferably not frozen)
3/4 cup flour + addition 1/4 cup
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil for frying
8 corn tortillas warmed
FOR THE COLE SLAW:
2 cups shredded cabbage
the juice of one lime
2 tbs mayonnaise
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbs fresh cilantro, diced
salt and pepper to taste
FOR THE SRIRACHA YOGURT SAUCE:
1/2 cup full fat plain Greek Yogurt, I like Cabot
1 tbs Sriracha hot sauce
Other Optional Toppings:
In a shallow dish, like a pie plate, mix together your 3/4 cup of flour, cornmeal, salt and cayenne pepper with a fork and set aside.
Add your buttermilk to a similar size dish.
Cut your haddock into 1 inch thin strips, I like my pieces to be about 3-4 inches long. Lay cut up fish pieces in a single layer, sprinkle with 1/4 cup of flour coating the pieces evenly. Dip each fish strip into the butter milk, then into the flour and cornmeal mixture. Repeat process if necessary to create an even coat.
In a large skillet or fry pan add your olive oil. Over medium/high heat. Once the pan is hot, add in fish pieces 3 at a time and fry on one side for about 3 minutes or until the bottom is golden. Flip fish and cook for another 3 minutes or until the fish is evenly golden and cooked through.
To prepare the coleslaw in a medium mixing bowl, add all of your slaw ingredients and mix. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To prepare your sauce, in a small bowl mix yogurt with sriracha until combined.
For serving, I place each warmed tortilla on their plates, add a small layer of coleslaw, top with a fish piece, add any other additional toppings such as black beans, cucumbers, cilantro, onions, tomatoes and such. Then top each taco with the sriracha yogurt sauce.
If you feel inclined you can serve these with a lime wedge and squeeze over your tacos before eating.