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In search of the world’s best fish taco ….About 13 years ago, my husband and I took our then four teenagers to Key West for Spring Break. One day, we stopped at Schooner Wharf and Bar for a late lunch. All seating is outdoors where there was live music; simply a man and a guitar. Which meant that the music was at a comfortable decibel rather than so loud that you cannot hear the person on the other side of the table. There were a few light clouds and a light breeze making it the perfect temperature to sit outdoors. Everything was perfect. Even the teenagers were getting along!My husband and I ordered margaritas and the Special of the Day, Fish Tacos. The margarita was perfection and we both agreed that the fish tacos were the best we ever had. I realize that the full experience of perfect weather, music, margarita, and teenagers getting along, all contributed to us rating those tacos as the World’s Best Fish Taco.Back in my hometown in a suburb of Minneapolis, I embarked on a decade long search for a rival to the World’s Best Fish Taco. If a restaurant offered fish tacos, I ordered it. I desperately wanted to find a taco that could transport me back to that perfect lunch and outing 13 years ago. I rated each taco on a school grading system from A+ to F. Sadly, none were rated A+ or A or even A- and conversely, happily, none were rated F. About two years ago, it hit me: why am I trying to find the best fist taco? Why not just make your own??? As a cook, I got this!Over the last two years, I perfected the recipe that follows. The recipe was developed to my family’s taste and is a close approximation to the Schooner Wharf’s fish taco. The key differentiator to this recipe is that it calls for both a simple dressing for the slaw and a sauce to drizzle over the top of the tacos.Most recipes call for one or the other but not both.
1cup of each(1 cup) green shredded cabbage/(1 cup) red shredded cabbage
1/2cupchopped red pepper
juice from 1 lime
salt & pepper
Ingredients for the sauce:
2tbspfresh lime juice
Prepare the fish:Mix together olive oil, chili powder, cumin, and garlic salt. Once well mixed, marinate fish. I usually marinate the fish about 10 minutes while I am making the slaw and the sauce.Heat frying pan and melt butter.Fry fish until it is flaky and easily falls apart. About 10 minutes depending on how thick your fish is.Prepare the slaw:Shred cabbages and pour into bowl.Chop red pepper and pour into bowl.Rough chop cilantro and pour into bowl.Optional: If you are going to add the jalapeno pepper, chop and pour into bowl.
Optional Toppings:Jalapeno pepper – if your family likes spicy food, chop the pepper and mix it with the slawAvocadoTomatoesCotija cheese – crumbledExtra lime wedgesExtra cilantro
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