Recipe: Fish Tacos With Rhubarb-Pineapple Salsa

updated Jan 29, 2020
Fish Tacos with Rhubarb-Pineapple Salsa
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When paired with acidic ingredients, such as pineapple and lime, raw rhubarb holds it color and crunch in this fruity salsa. It’s great in fish tacos, but it’s equally good served with crisp corn or sweet potato chips.

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

The raw rhubarb in this salsa is a fresher take on this often-cooked veggie. When left uncooked rhubarb is crunchy, juicy, and pucker-inducing, similar to fresh cranberries. Raw rhubarb lures you back for another bite, and then another.

If the salsa turns too juicy to serve as salsa after a couple of days, pulse it in a blender to create a fascinating gazpacho.

Fish Tacos with Rhubarb-Pineapple Salsa

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

For the salsa:

  • 2 cups

    finely diced rhubarb (about 8 ounces)

  • 1 cup

    finely diced pineapple

  • 1/2 cup

    finely diced red onion

  • 1/4 cup

    pepper jelly or peach preserves

  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium lime

  • Juice of 2 medium limes (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1

    medium jalapeño, very finely chopped (remove the seeds for less heat)

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup

    coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

For the tacos:

  • 1 pound

    skinless catfish or other thin, mild fish fillets, cut in half crosswise

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup

    Wondra or all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup

    fine cornmeal or corn flour (masa)

  • 1 tablespoon

    chile powder, or to taste

  • 1/2 cup

    mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons

    freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 8

    small flour tortillas, warmed

Instructions

  1. For the salsa: Stir together the rhubarb, pineapple, onion, jelly, lime zest and juice, jalapeño, and salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Just before serving, add the cilantro and stir well. Taste and add salt as needed.

  1. For the tacos: Arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat to 500°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with aluminum foil.

  2. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, and chile powder in a shallow dish. Stir together the mayonnaise and lime juice in a small bowl.

  3. Spread a thin layer of the mayonnaise mixture on both sides of the fish, then coat with the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Arrange the fish in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake until the crust is crisp and golden and the fish is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Serve at once in warm tortillas with the salsa.

Recipe Notes

  • Make ahead: The salsa can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reprinted with permission from Rhubarb by Sheri Castle, copyright (c) 2016 by Short Stack Editions

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(Image credit: Sheri Castle)

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