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Fish Tacos Sans the Taco

I hate deciding what to make for dinner. I mean, I hate the cooking part, too, when I don’t know what I’m doing (which is always). But I tend to either sit in front of our tiny pantry, open the fridge/freezer 5 million times, or trove Yummly for recipe inspirations.

It so happened last night that I came upon three different items we had: herbed breadcrumbs, Trader Joe’s middle eastern flatbread, and a bunch of cheap frozen fish fillets. This is what I came up with:

Spiced Honey Lime Fish Tacos (Sans Anything Remotely Mexican)

Serves 2

  • cooking oil
  • 1/4 to 1/6 of a cabbage head (thinly sliced strips)
  • 1 carrot,¬†grated¬†
  • 1/4 cup or so of flour
  • 2-3 tblsp of garlic & herb breadcrumbs
  • 2 tblsp honey
  • 1/4 cup or a little less of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • paprika and red pepper to taste
  • 3-4 fillets of white fish
  • (4) whole wheat flatbread, warmed, or whatever the hell you want, I’m not a soup Nazi


  1. Cut/grate cabbage and carrot. Throw unceremoniously in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, honey, lime juice, and spices. Make sure to really stir out the lumps in the mayonnaise with the lovely, soul-wrenching sound of metal on ceramic.
  3. Combine sauce and veggies. Stir, stir, stir.
  4. Defrost and dry fish with a paper towel or something fancy that I didn’t do. Sprinkle flour evenly on both sides of fillets. Then sprinkle breadcumbs over.
  5. Pour cooking oil in a pan, enough to cover the entire bottom. I strongly suggest a spatter cover. Heat on medium.
  6. Fry those fishies. I can’t give you a good estimate here, because I suck at frying and fish takes varying amounts of time depending on the type. I’d say at least 5 min on each side.
  7. PUT ALL THAT SHIT ON SOME FLAT PIECE OF BREAD. Fold and shove it in your mouth. If it’s too dry make some extra honey sauce and drizzle. Mmm.
  8. Serve with a margarita if you’re Californian.

Note: My best friend made a more elaborate version of this years ago when we were roommates. Deep-fried tilapia and eye-watering/nose-running honey-spice sauce, yep!

1 comment on Fish Tacos Sans the Taco

  1. alan p
    June 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I like the progression from recipe you’d see in a book, to shove it in your mouth.