Sawtooth Fish Tacos

Sawtooth Fish Tacos

When Left Hand Brewing Company reached out to me and asked if I wanted to cook something with their sensationally good and summery ESB, Sawtooth, I just about died. First I screamed, then I replied yes, of course. Since I was just about to go on vacation to the East Coast, I knew I had to do something with the fish we would be catching every day. I opted for fish tacos and I must say, they turned out to be incredible. Sawtooth’s rich, crackery-biscuit malt and sweetness made it a perfect addition for a somewhat spicy batter. It’s mild bitterness and fruity taste (more like apples than citrus, to me) allowed Sawtooth’s appearance in the mayo to blend with the lemon juice in all the right ways. Every piece of the dish turned out just perfect. To top it all off, because Sawtooth comes in 6-packs, we paired the meal with the star of the dish, Sawtooth Ale by Left Hand Brewing Company.

Ingredients:

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Sawtooth Mayo:

2 yolks

2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp white vinegar

½ tsp salt

¾ cup of canola oil

2 ½ tbs Sawtooth Ale by Left Hand Brewing Company

 

Slaw:

2 cups cabbage

½ cup red onion

2 tbsp cilantro

½ cup mayo

 

Quick Pickled Jalapenos:

1 cup water

1 cup distilled white vinegar

2 tsp kosher salt

2-3 jalapenos (or more if you want!)

 

Sawtooth Beer Battered Fish:

2 large fish filets, around 2 lbs (we cooked what we caught that day!)

– I used sea bass and blue fish

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup white rice flour

1 bottle + ½ cup Sawtooth Ale by Left Hand Brewing Company

2 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp cayenne pepper

Extras:

Corn Tortillas

Sweet Chili Sauce

More Sawtooth Ale (for enjoying with the meal, of course!)

 

Directions:

 

Sawtooth Mayo:

In a blender, add two egg yolks, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp white vinegar, and ½ tsp salt.

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Start blending and while the blender is running, pour in ¾ cup of canola oil. We did it ¼ cup at a time, going so slowly only a small stream of oil was falling in.

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It is important to take your time if you actually want the ingredients to turn into mayo. After your mixture starts to look like mayonnaise, add 2 ½ tablespoons of beer to give it that delicious kick of Sawtooth Ale.

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Slaw:

Chop up enough cabbage to make 2 cups worth. Mince or slice enough red onion to make ½ cup. Stir together with ½ cup of mayo, 2 tbsp of fresh chopped cilantro, and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

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Quick Pickled Jalapenos:

Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tsp of kosher salt – stirring until dissolved.  Chop up two or three jalapenos and let them sit in the pickling liquid for about 30 minutes – or as long as it takes you to cook everything else.

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Sawtooth Beer Battered Fish:

Slice the fish filets into equal sized chunks with about ¾ inch thickness – this will allow them to cook all the way through without overcooking the batter on the outside.

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Pour enough vegetable oil into a deep pot so it is about 2 inches deep. Heat the oil on medium-high heat. In a big bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients for the batter and then while whisking, pour in the Sawtooth Ale.

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Dunk the fish chunks in the batter then into the hot oil. [Before I start frying, I will always throw a drop of batter into the oil to make sure it sizzles – to ensure the oil is hot enough] The fish takes somewhere around 5 minutes to cook but take some time to experiment – I didn’t get an exact temperature on the oil, but around 350-360°F would be ideal. Cook one piece of fish until well browned, timing how long it takes. Flip a few times while it’s bathing in the oil. Then, cut it open and see if it cooked all the way.  Once you’ve figured out a good cooking time, cook all the pieces of fish and set them on a plate with a paper towel to get rid of any excess oil. Try and work somewhat quickly so everything stays crispy.

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Assembly:

Warm up the corn tortillas so they don’t rip too easily. Another good trick I’ve learned is to use two tortillas per taco – it makes the taco sturdier. Add a few pieces of fish, a spoonful of slaw, pickled jalapenos, and top with some sweet chili sauce. Serve with a cold glass of Sawtooth Ale for maximum deliciousness.

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drinkandspoon

A 20-something living in Denver, attempting to whip up delicious recipes made with or paired with mostly local craft brews. If you like eating and drinking delicious things, this is the place to be.

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