How To Make Catfish Tacos? Here Are 3 Amazingly Simple Catfish Taco Recipes You Can’t Resist

How To Make Catfish Tacos? Here Are 3 Amazingly Simple Catfish Taco Recipes You Can't Resist - Kabaia Foods Inc

Don't have time to cook a full meal? Whip up these tasty Catfish tacos in a jiffy and enjoy this wonderful Mexican cuisine in a whole new way.

Type: Main Course

Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Mexican tacos, tacos, catfish tacos, delicious tacos, healthy tacos, tacos on the go,

Recipe Yield: 6-8 servings

Preparation Time: 30 Mins

Cooking Time: 10 Mins

Total Time: 40 Mins

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of catfish, cut in 16 medium-long strips
  • 6 to 8 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups of oil
  • 1 ½ cup of fine cornmeal or bread crumbs or panko crumbs
  • ½ cup of flour, all-purpose
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup of mayo
  • 1 Tbsp of fine sugar
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of carrots, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of onions, thinly sliced
  • A handful of cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ripened avocado
  • ¼ cup of non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of cream
  • 1 tbsp of fresh garlic paste

Recipe Instructions: Fried Catfish: ● In a large bowl, whisk together water, buttermilk, hot sauce, and all the spices. ● Now add the pre-cut slices of catfish to this mixture and stir. All the pieces coat well in the marination. ● While the fish marinades, take a gallon-sized ziplock bag and add flour, bread crumb, and salt and shake until evenly mixed. ● Now add a quarter of the marinated strips in the bag and shake well until the strips are well coated. ● Next, heat oil in a deep pan for frying. ● While the oil heats, prepare the coleslaw and creamed avocado. ● Then fry the coated fish, a few at a time until crisp and golden brown. ● Serve hot over soft, warm tacos, topped with sweet and tangy coleslaw and creamy avocado. Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw: ● In a bowl, add the mayo, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper and whisk thoroughly. ● Now add the pre-cut vegetables and toss until well mixed. ● The coleslaw is ready to serve. Creamy Avocado: In a small bowl, add the ripe avocado and mash. Add cream, greek yoghurt, garlic paste, and seasoning. Mix until it forms into a saucy mixture.

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Craving the coastal delicacy of America – Catfish Tacos? The crisp fish, wrapped in a soft taco shell, loaded with an array of toppings.

Catfish tacos are easy to make and taste delicious. They are filling and remind you of the beach.

I can almost imagine myself walking down the beach with a taco in each hand while writing this.

Coming back to making the best catfish tacos.

Catfish tacos are one of the many simple catfish recipes. Catfish is a pretty versatile fish, and there are tons of dishes that can be made using catfish.

Now there are two kinds of tacos – hard shell tacos and crisp shell tacos.

Likewise, two kinds of fish go with these tacos, deep-fried fish or pan-grilled fish.

And in case you are all about healthy eating and want to bake them, you can do that too.

As you can see, catfish is that versatile!

We thought, why not gather everything you need to know about making catfish tacos under one article.

Softshells or hard shells, saucy or filled with coleslaw, we have the all perfect recipes for making just about any kind of catfish taco.

You may also be interested in: Top 5 Health Benefits of Smoked Catfish

Recipe #1: Fried Catfish Tacos

Fried catfish tacos

Short Summary: Fried catfish with the right crisp coating and flaky centre, generously placed in a soft taco shell, with a dollop of creamy avocado and tangy coleslaw.

Servings: Makes 6 to 8 tacos.

The preparation time of the recipe: 20 to 30 minutes

Cooking Time of the Recipe: 10 minutes

Courses : Lunch / Dinner

Cuisine: Mexican

Equipment:

This recipe requires no special equipment other than

  • A set of bowls
  • A set of knives
  • 1-gallon ziplock bag
  • Dutch oven / deep pot

Ingredients:

 For fried catfish:

  • 1 pound of catfish, cut in 16 medium-long strips
  • 6 to 8 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups of oil
  • 1 ½ cup of fine cornmeal or bread crumbs or panko crumbs
  • ½ cup of flour, all-purpose
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

For Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw:

  • ¼ cup of mayo
  • 1 Tbsp of fine sugar
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of carrots, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of onions, thinly sliced
  • A handful of cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Creamy Avocado:

  • 1 ripened avocado
  • ¼ cup of non-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp of cream
  • 1 tbsp of fresh garlic paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions to make this recipe in steps:

 Fried Catfish:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together water, buttermilk, hot sauce, and all the spices.
  • Now add the pre-cut slices of catfish to this mixture and stir. All the pieces coat well in the marination.
  • While the fish marinades, take a gallon-sized ziplock bag and add flour, bread crumb, and salt and shake until evenly mixed.
  • Now add a quarter of the marinated strips in the bag and shake well until the strips are well coated.
  • Next, heat oil in a deep pan for frying.
  • While the oil heats, prepare the coleslaw and creamed avocado.
  • Then fry the coated fish, a few at a time until crisp and golden brown.
  • Serve hot over soft, warm tacos, topped with sweet and tangy coleslaw and creamy avocado.

Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw:

  • In a bowl, add the mayo, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper and whisk thoroughly.
  • Now add the pre-cut vegetables and toss until well mixed.
  • The coleslaw is ready to serve.

Creamy Avocado:

In a small bowl, add the ripe avocado and mash. Add cream, greek yoghurt, garlic paste, and seasoning. Mix until it forms into a saucy mixture.

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Catfish tacos come in different flavours
Fried Catfish tacos can be a quick substitute for a full meal when pressed for time

Recipe #2: Grilled Catfish Tacos:

Grilled Catfish Tacos

Short Summary: A flavorful, melt in the mouth, grilled to perfection catfish wrapped in a soft taco shell, topped with creamed corn.

Servings: Makes 6 to 8

The preparation time of the recipe: 20 minutes

Cooking Time of the Recipe: 15 minutes

Courses: Lunch / Dinner

Cuisine: Mexican

Equipment:

This grilled taco fish recipe requires no fancy equipment. Other than the usual, all you need is:

  • a set of bowls
  • A grill pan

Ingredients:

 For grilled catfish

  • 1 pound of catfish fillets
  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

For creamed corn:

  • 2 cups of corn, frozen or sweet
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks of green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 pickled jalapenos, chopped
  • A handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan, grated
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper according to taste

Instructions to make this recipe in steps:

For grilled catfish:

  • Begin by marinating the clean and fresh catfish fillets.
  • In a bowl, add minced garlic, lemon juice, chilli powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and seasoning. Mix them and rub them over the fillets, and set them aside.
  • Now place a griller over the stove and heat. Brush some oil over as the grill heats and place the marinated fillets over the hot grill.
  • Cook for 6 minutes.
  • Serve over warm tacos with a dollop of creamed corn.

For creamed corn:

  • Heat a skillet and melt butter in it.
  • Now add minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Next, add corn, bell pepper, and onions to the heated skillet and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Once the vegetables have fried well, add the cream and let it cook for another three minutes or until the cream starts to thicken.
  • Now add in the cilantro, spring onions, and jalapenos.
  • Mix well and add seasoning. Adjust the seasoning according to taste.
  • Last, add 2 tbsp of grated parmesan on top and serve.

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Recipe #3: Baked Crispy Catfish Taco Recipe

Baked crispy Catfish Tacos banner
Baked Crispy Catfish tacos could be a healthy alternative

Short Summary: A crisp outer cover with a flaky centre, this catfish taco recipe is best served with a hard shell taco, topped with a classic taco sauce.

Servings: makes 6 to 8 tacos, which can sufficiently serve 4 people.

The preparation time of the recipe: 20 minutes

Cooking Time of the Recipe: 20 minutes

Courses – Lunch / Dinner

Cuisine – Mexican

Equipment –

No special equipment required other than the:

  • Oven
  • Wire rack
  • A set of bowls
  • Tongs

Ingredients:

 For baked crispy catfish taco recipe

  • a pound of catfish, cut in 16 pieces
  • 6 to 8 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup of fine cornmeal
  • ½ cup of bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk, whole fat
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt

For added flavour, you can add:

  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chile powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Classic habanero taco sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 habanero peppers OR 2 tsp habanero sauce
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions to make this recipe in step:

 For Baked Catfish:

  • Begin by preheating the oven at 450 F.
  • In a bowl, add buttermilk and dunk the pre-cut catfish into it. Cover with cling film and set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • While the fish marinades in buttermilk, in a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs, cornmeal, and seasoning.
  • Now dunk the excess buttermilk from the fish or use tongs to take one piece of fish and coat it in the bread crumb and cornmeal mixture.
  • Next, place these coated catfish pieces on the wire rack, and bake.

Pro Tip: Do not use a baking tray. Use a wire rack to achieve the best kind of crust.

  • Bake, the fish for 20 minutes or until the crust turns golden.
  • Serve on a hard taco shell with fresh avocado and cabbage, dressed in a classic habanero taco sauce.

For Classic Habanero Taco Sauce:

  • In a bowl, whisk mayo, sour cream, garlic, habanero, lime juice, cumin, and salt.
  • Serve over baked catfish along with freshly sliced avocado and cabbage.

baked crispy catfish tacos

How To Make Soft Taco Shells For Catfish Tacos?

Soft taco shells require no specific ingredients or cooking techniques. All you need to do is warm the tortillas up real nice.

The best way to do it is:

  • Stack the tortillas together and wrap them in foil.
  • Place them in a preheated oven for 5 minutes or until the tortillas have heated well.
  • The tortillas can now be used as soft tacos.

How To Make Hard Shell Tacos To Use In Catfish Taco Recipes?

  • Preheat the oven to 300 F.
  • In a microwave-safe dish, place a damp paper towel. Stack 3 to 5 tortillas on top and cover again with a wet paper towel.
  • Microwave this for 30 secs. This will ensure that the tortillas are soft and malleable.
  • Now lightly grease the wire rack and place tacos so that they are weaving down over the two-wire ridges.
  • Place the wire rack carefully in the oven.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the shells have turned hard and retained shape.
  • Hardshell tacos are ready to serve!

So whether you are on a diet or are simply missing the coastal vibes of Mexico, make yourself and your family some catfish tacos.

Don’t know where to get catfish from? Your favourite seafood market of local grocer could be a good place to source for fresh catfish. Get started now with your delicious tasting catfish tacos!

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