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Yellowtail Fish Taco & Papaya Salsa!

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Fall is just around the corner. Many Southern California fishermen will tell you, it's time to catch yellowtail, and make yellowtail fish tacos! Since Mexico and Baja are just a stones throw away, Southern California is truly the land of fish tacos. If you've got some fall yellowtail, this might the yellowtail fish taco recipe for you!

Our yellowtail bites can last for days. That only means one thing for us. Get ready for some sore arms. Because we keep fishing—day after day—as long as that yellowtail bite lasts.

But you might get some text messages wondering if we're fishing again? If that happens, make some fish tacos so then your text messages will read: When are you going again??

For more Fisherman's Belly fish tacos, check out our

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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 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 chipotle in adobe sauce, finely chopped

4-5 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Kosher salt

Coarse black pepper

yellowtail fish tacos

Yellowtail Fish Tacos White Sauce

1. Mix the mayonnaise, finely chopped chipotle pepper and the juice of a ½ lime together, and then refrigerate until needed.

Papaya Pico De Gallo

2. 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.

3. 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 throughly and refrigerate until needed.

Fry The Yellowtail

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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

7. 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!!

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I'm a fisherman and a cook, and I love to do both. My name is Yanni and welcome to my website, Fisherman's Belly. Here, using your fresh fish and everyday ingredients, you can learn to cook hand-crafted easy fish recipes. 

See you on the water and in the kitchen. Yanni

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