One of the most difficult ethnic foods to access in the wild for the nightshade sensitive is Mexican. Now we have a new simple favorite: no nightshade fish tacos. Add this to our core of published flex Mex recipes (refried beans, slaw, and some salsa) which help address this on the home front.
Well, it’s not completely simple. Fish tacos themselves go together really quickly, but if you want the fish taco experience complete with sauce, you’ll need to make some Nightshire Sauce. As the recipe notes, this takes some time, both in terms of gathering rare ingredients and making the sauce. It’s worth it. And if the only thing you ever use it for is fish tacos, you’ll be able to make a LOT of fish tacos. But I predict you’ll end up using it for a lot of other things.
Like tacos anywhere, anytime, the balance of ingredients varies widely depending on both what the chef puts on the table and how each individual taco consumer builds their tacos. One or more ingredients can be left out, and you can certainly add others. I won’t pretend to know your ultimate taco bar architecture, but here are your major potential building blocks. Tortillas/taco shells, cheese, fish, slaw, salsa, fish taco sauce. Also, cilantro, chives, green onions, and avocado slices.
- 1 pound of your favorite taco fish
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
FISH TACO SAUCE
- 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Nightshire Sauce
For the fish: Lightly oil your fish, then sprinkle with spice mixture. Depending on the tools available and personal preference, bake or pan fry the fish.
For the fish taco sauce: Mix ingredients in a small bowl.
Create your assembly line: Everybody wants to make their own tacos. Arrange the building blocks to best accommodate your space and your eating area. Make sure to have plenty of napkins!
My perfect fish taco begins with a small flour tortilla warmed, with a bit of cheese. Then add fish, slaw, and taco sauce. And salsa, if I’ve got it. (For a small family meal we’re more likely to have slaw than salsa. Unless there is a special salsa available, or we’re having guests and want a bigger spread.
What order of operations completes your perfect no nightshade fish tacos?