Sunday, July 25, 2010

Simple Beer Battered Halibut Sliders & Tacos

Beer Battered Halibut Sliders

My husband grew up in Alaska and has a serious love for Halibut. When we came upon some beautiful fresh fillets, there was no question Sunday night's dinner would be Beer Battered Halibut Two Ways! (The poor man has suffered through my Take it Off blog series long enough!) I wish you could taste, but based on photos and description - which one would you prefer?

Above (#1): Beer Battered Halibut Sliders with homemade tarter sauce, arugula and tomato. Here's how we assembled: Toasted slider bun on cast iron skillet, tarter sauce, fish, tarter sauce, tomato, arugula, tarter sauce on top of bun, YUM! (yes, tarter 3x!)

Below (#2): Beer Battered Halibut Soft Tacos with homemade pico de gallo and diced avocado. Chips on the side. YUM!

So, if you had to choose, which would it be?

Beer Battered Halibut
Adapted from Bon App├ętit, May 2003

1 lb fresh Halibut fillet, skin removed, cut into strips or cubes
fresh lime juice

Simple Beer Batter:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon fine kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup beer, room temperature
dash+ of garlic powder
dash+ of hot paprika (or whatever paprika you have on hand)

Vegetable oil - 2 inches deep in pan (about 4 cups)

Salt and pepper Halibut pieces. Squirt with lime juice. Let sit up to 15 minutes.

Mix together batter in large bowl and add fish pieces to coat.

Heat oil to 350 degrees. Carefully place 4-5 pieces of fish into the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towel. If you need to keep warm, place in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve. S&P to taste.

Tarter Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2-3 quartered dill pickles, chopped
1 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
fresh cracked pepper

Mix all ingredients to taste. Serve or chill.


Simply Life said...

oh those tacos look incredible!

The Food Hound said...

Those look absolutely amazing! I love fried fish but I rarely make anything fried at home b/c it makes my kitchen stinky :) But I may have to make an exception for this. I think the sandwiches and the tacos sound like winners!

Anonymous said...

Both look incredible, but I'll take the sliders!

Katerina said...

I would go with the Mexican version of them, since I love Mexican food. Both of them though look awesome.

Ingrid said...

Both look amazing!

Syd said...

I made fish tacos this weekend too. Yours look better though, because I grilled my fish (GD diet).

Ken said...

Do you know what I think is the best thing about this site/blog? It's that you cover just one delicious and interesting thing at a time. For those of us who respect good and interesting food, but may not have the time or expertise to pursue it every day, your blog is nowhere near as overwhelming as cookbooks, etc., can be. Nothing you've put out is too intimidating to have given a try, and everything we've tried is just great. Dish by dish, my ability to make really great food is growing every week. The personal stories also take it out of the realm of the technical, and give life to it all. Thanks.

Gabrielle said...

Mmmmmm to both but I tend to go for the fish taco. I actually JUST ordered fish tacos last night at The Tiger's Tail in Princeton, NJ. They were okay but a little skimpy compared to your pics! I actually wanted mine grilled (I'm with you Syd--GD diet is making me a dull girl!!!). Going on vacation tomorrow, maybe I'll make these for our friends.

chow and chatter said...

oh wow love these babies I write for an Alaskan seafood company could I feature them on the blog and link to you?

rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Thank you Ken for your kind words. I love feedback especially positive! It's so nice to hear so really...thanks!

Rebecca, I would love it, thank you.

FYI - Syd & Gabrielle - I wanted mine grilled but once we got into the frying it just seemed easier to go with it..

Thanks all :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

The soft taco would be my favorite though the halibut also looks great in a bun. This is a very nice recipe. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Joanne said...

This is one hard choice. You just took bar food to a whole new level. I'm gonna have to go with the tacos though...since I never make them at home for some ungodly reason.

Magic of Spice said...

These are perfect...And the breading on the fish is amazing. I could eat both everyday:)

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