Fall is just around the corner and many SoCal fishermen will tell you, it’s time to catch yellowtail, and make yellowtail fish tacos! Fall yellowtail bites can last for days. Ordinary fisherman are happy with one day’s worth of sore arms. But not SoCal fishermen. Our arms can fall off for all we care. We would simply buy prosthetic arms and keep fishing—day after day—as long as the bite lasts.
However, there are consequences. Life gets in the way. Like smartphones going off with text messages wondering if we’re fishing again? This new yellowtail fish taco recipe may be the answer we’re looking for.
Now, you’ll get text messages hoping you’re fishing again!
Yellowtail Fish Tacos
Makes 8 tacos
- 1 cup of general all-purpose flour
- 2 pounds of yellowtail fillets, cleaned and skinned
- 1 jalapeno, stove top roasted and finely chopped
- 2 cups diced papaya
- 2 cups diced tomatoes
- 1 bundle green onions, chopped
- 1 bundle cilantro, chopped
- ½ cabbage finely sliced
- 6 limes medium sized
- 8 corn tortillas
- 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 1 chipotle in adobe sauce, finely chopped
- 4-5 Tbsp. of vegetable oil
- Kosher salt
- Coarse black pepper
Yellowtail Fish Tacos White Sauce
Mix the mayonnaise, finely chopped chipotle pepper and the juice of a ½ lime together, and then refrigerate until needed.
Papaya Pico De Gallo
First begin by placing one jalapeno over a high flame on the stove top. Roast until the jalapeno has some grey char on it. This should take 5-10 minutes. While the jalapeno is charring, place the papaya, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, the juice of 4 limes into a large mixing bowl. And then add a tablespoon of salt and black pepper. Finally, add the charred jalapeno after you finely chop it. Now, mix thoroughly and refrigerate until needed.
Fry The Yellowtail
- Add 4-6 tablespoons of your favorite vegetable oil (mine is olive oil!) into a hot cast iron skillet. Place the flour into a plastic bag and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Now add your yellowtail fillets and shake vigorously.
- Remove the yellowtail fillets and cook both sides in the skillet. Try and cook the fillets only to 80% doneness. Then, turn off the heat and while the fillets are still in the skillet, begin to shred the yellowtail fillets with two large forks. Now add the juice of one lime and then place a lid onto the skillet. Without turning the flame back on, allow the residual heat from the skillet to finish cooking the yellowtail fillets in the lime juice for 4-5 minutes.
- While you’re waiting for the yellowtail fillets to finish cooking, place your corn tortillas onto the stove top flame, one at a time, while heating both sides. Place the warm tortillas inside a container to keep them warm. Or, wrap them with tin foil.
Assemble Yellowtail Fish Tacos
Take a warm tortilla in your hand and lather up one side with your white sauce. Now add some shredded yellowtail, cabbage, and finally, the papaya pico de gallo.
Serve them up and enjoy!!