Hawaiian Fish Tacos, a tasty creation, island style

Hawaiian Fish Tacos are crazy delicious, addictive, and simple to make. The secret to making these delicious tacos is in the sauce. As with many recipes, sauce is the boss and its no different with this recipe, but there are a few other tricks I will share with you here below.

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Hawaiian Fish Tacos, How I cam to love them.

The first time I had Hawaiian Fish Tacos was when I was living in Hawaii, and some friends of mine were ordering take out food from a restaurant and they asked me if they could order me a set of fish tacos, and I said, regrettably no. I never had one and it did not sound to me that they would be very tasty, coming from the midwest, as tacos normally have either beef or chicken and not fish. I was kind of set in my ways to say the least.

Later the tacos arrived and I had not made an alternate plan to have something to eat and I was starving. The smell of the Hawaiian fish tacos hypnotized me and intensified my hunger. One of my friends wasn’t hungry enough to eat the entire set of two and offered one of his to me. At this time I was ready to accept, and I plowed into it, taking only one breath to eat the taco. It was delicious on a level I had not believed possible. From that movement forward I often crave these tasty demons.

Now that I don’t live in Hawaii its hard to find restaurants that make them as good as I remembered them which is why I had to use my creative magic to reconstruct them to the best of my ability in the recipe that I share.

Hawaiian Fish Tacos, What you should know about Hawaiian food

Having lived in Hawaii for three years I came to love and crave the different tastes of Hawaii. However, when I first moved there I was confused about what Hawaiian food was. My first experience eating Hawaiian food was eating at Zippy’s in the middle of the night when I first landed in Hawaii. I was told that Zippy’s was a good place to get Hawaiian food, and I wanted to experience Hawaiian cuisine straight away off the plane.

When I got to Zippy’s however, I was somewhat confused and wasn’t sure that Zippy’s was actually Hawaiian. The menu had foods from many other cultures cuisines, which felt odd to me that this was Hawaiian food. I think I remember ordering the surf and turf so that I could try more than one thing. I remember the food tasting good, but I was confused about how this could be Hawaiian, it did not feel like it.

What I came to learn was that Hawaiian cuisine is a melting pot of many other cultures foods, which came about from the many cultures that make Hawaii home. In Hawaiian cuisine you will find midwestern food form the heart of the US, Korean BBQ, Japanese katsu, and foods from other cultures. Oh, let me not forget Spam, it’s a staple in Hawaii.

So Hawaiian food is by another definition is foods from other cultures that have been adapted into an island style flavor that is normally sweet, salty, crunchy, and tasty. Its the best foods from the other cultures adopted to Hawaii’s particular style.

Hawaiian Fish Tacos, How are they Hawaiian?

You could say that Hawaiian Fish Tacos are Japanese, Mexican, and Southwestern all in the same meal, which is exactly what is known to be Hawaiian style cuisine. First, the fish battered katsu style is Japanese. Second, the taco part is Mexican. Third, the slaw part is Southwestern.

What I am about to share with you are the secrets to making this delicious Hawaiian meal. There are two main components to making this delightful meal, that can only be found by reading on. You won’t find this information in the recipe below, and they are absolutely critical to the procedures in making Hawaiian fish tacos. So please read everything so that you may make this recipe as good as it will taste if you go to Hawaii.
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  1. Prepare southwestern coleslaw.

    Southwestern Coleslaw
  2. Trim the tilapia fillets in half.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Slice fish
  3. Slice the tilapia at a diagonal bias to create long strips.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Slicing fish
  4. Prepare your cooking area with the flour, egg, and panko.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Preparation
  5. Preheat a frying pan with oil. Heat until oil reaches a temperature between 350F (175C) and 375F (190C).

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Preheating frying pan
  6. Thoroughly coat the fish in flour, and then let the fish rest 3-5 minutes to create a good bond between the fish and the flour.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Floured fish
  7. Transfer a batch of fish to the egg wash, and let the fish sit in the egg wash for 3-5 minutes to let the flour absorb the egg.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Eggwash
  8. Coat the fish with panko. Be sure to push the panko with gentle force on to the fish with your fingers. This ensures the panko sticks well to the egg.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Panko coating
  9. Begin to fry the fish in batches. The oil should immediately bubble when fish is put in the frying pan.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Frying fish
  10. Fry both sides of the fish to a golden brown and then transfer to a plate with paper towel.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Fried fish
  11. Dice a tomato for garnish on the tacos.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Dicing tomato
  12. Slice green onions for garnish on the tacos.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Slicing onions
  13. Set up the table with the ingredients for assembling the fish tacos.

    Hawaiian Fish Taco - Setting
  14. Place fish in the tortilla wrapper first, fill the taco with the southwestern coleslaw, then garnish the taco with diced tomatoes and green onions. Top with siracha if desired.

    Hawaiian Fish Tacos
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Fish Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 474mg 20%
Potassium 260mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 29%
Vitamin C 50%
Calcium 13%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Notes

Serving Size = 2 tacos

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The oil listed in the ingredients section of the recipe is the amount of oil that is expected to be absorbed by the fish during the pan frying.  It is there for the nutrition calculation, and not intended as the amount that you will need to pan fry the fish. Please use a heart healthy oil for making Hawaiian fish tacos.

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