Seafood made easy for you by cookbook author Jennifer Bushman
Jennifer Bushman, author of the cookbook “Sea Change,” shares her recipe for Soft Salmon Tacos. She focuses on how easy, fun and accessible dishes are for the entire family.
Tips for Tacos-
Tortillas: Nothing beats the great flavor and texture of corn and flour tortillas. These two things are an accompaniment to almost every Mexican meal. Obviously, it is preferable to buy the tortillas from a Mexican market that makes them fresh daily, but, most people buy their tortillas at the grocery store. Because they are several days or even weeks old by the time you buy them at a grocery store, you will need some coaching on how to make them the freshest tasting possible.
Frying: Most tortillas that are used for tacos or in enchiladas are fried. Tortillas should be fried in Peanut oil at 350 degrees F. For enchiladas, they are quickly dropped in the oil and then removed. Then they are placed on paper towels to drain. Finally, they are rolled with the filling and placed in the sauce. Traditional tacos are made with a quick frying of the tortilla, (if it is fried at all), and then the soft tortilla is filled. An American tradition is to fry the tortilla until it is crispy, and then to fill.
Steaming: I like to use a steamed tortilla. With very fresh tortillas they will have better flavor steamed, and will save you a lot of fat and calories. I steam them in the microwave, wrapped in a damp towel, for just a few minutes. If the tortillas are particularly old, you can add some butter to them to make them pliable. Traditionally, the tortillas were steamed in a steamer basket over hot water.
Fillings: These days, fillings come in all shapes and sizes. Just about any roasted, grilled, or sautéed vegetable or meat can be used as a filling. Take inspiration from the foods you are already making and make tacos from the leftovers!
Accompaniments: These include shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, grated cheese, salsa, guacamole, olives and fresh cilantro.
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