08.09.17

FRIED ZUCCHINI TACOS

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

it’s zucchini season and i’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my summer cooking. i’ve been making beer battered zucchini fries for years and i decided that i wanted to turn them into tacos. call it the veggie version of fish tacos! they’re great to serve to a group as zucchini is really inexpensive and the texture, once it’s fried, it really does feel like a real fish taco. just make sure to serve them hot, they do not keep well. we served ours with a spicy chipotle hot sauce, crema and lots of cabbage slaw. ivan said it was one of the best tacos he has ever had and that’s saying something! let us know if you make them and how it turns out!  – joanie

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

what you’ll need:

• quarter of cabbage finely chopped
• 3 limes
• 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon oregano
• vegetable oil
• 3/4 cup flour
• 1/2 cup cold wheat beer
• 1 egg beaten
• 3-4 zucchinis
• top tacos with crema – 1/4 mayo, 1/4 sour cream + juice of half a lime all mixed together.
• to serve:  salsa roja, sliced avocado, queso fresco, red onion, lime wedges.

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

• finely slice the cabbage and mix with the juice of 1 lime, rice wine vinegar, oregano, and a pinch of salt. massage until well mixed and set aside.

• slice the zucchini length wise and then in half.

• to make the batter, whisk the flour, beer, and beaten egg in a large bowl until well incorporated.

• in a deep pan fill about 2 inches deep with vegetable oil. heat on medium. test the oil to make sure it’s hot by throwing in a piece of zucchini and seeing if it sizzles. you could individually drop each piece in the batter but i prefer to throw a bunch in the bowl, mix it around and take them out one by one when it’s time to fry, letting the extra batter drip off. add the zucchini into the oil and fry until golden brown.

• remove the zucchinis from the pan and lay them on drying rack with paper towel below. while they are still hot sprinkle generously with salt.

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest
fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

toast the tortillas in a slightly oiled skillet until golden brown. set out all of the bowls of your chopped toppings and allow people to assemble on their own.

fried zucchini tacos | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis 

7 COMMENTS

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    This looks so good!!! I love meatless taco options!

    Jahaila @ Girl Nesting
    http://www.girlnesting.com

    Christina says:

    Is there anything you recommend substituting for the beer? I’m trying to be gluten free and would love to try this recipe! 🙂

    bri says:

    I think you could just use a sparkling water! check out this article: https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/8352-the-role-of-beer-in-beer-batter

    Nikki says:

    This is brilliant, no idea why I never thought of doing this before!

    http://www.shopthecoconutroom.com

    Lilly Gorman says:

    YUMMO! This look fantastic and perfect for this time of year. Can’t wait to try it!

    Katie says:

    This looks so delicious! My vegetarian fiance is going to be very happy when I make these 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    wings io says:

    A great and new dish from the familiar ingredients. Most importantly, you teach very detailed and easy to understand. Thanks a lot. I will cook for my family.

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