Smoked Fish Tostadas




Smoked Fish Tostadas

Mike Nadelman
We love smoked fish and in this recipe its not an exception. We buy our smoked fish, whether its Salmon or Moon-Fish (warm blooded fish) from our favorite place in Morro Bay California, Giovanni's Fish Market. We usually make our tostadas by coating tortillas with olive oil and then roasting them in the oven with Monterey Jack Cheese and Black Beans. In this recipe, its a little more fun and its easily scaled up for more servings. This one is perfect for brunch or as a light lunch. They’re packed full of flavor and I serve them on top of a Mexican salad with a delicious jalapeño coriander dressing.
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Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fish, healthy, Mexican
Servings 4 servings



  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup smoked fish like salmon chopped
  • ½ avocado sliced
  • 12 pickled jalapenos
  • 3 coriander sprigs
  • Tabasco chipotle to drizzle
  • vegetable oil to fry tortillas

Chili Lime Mayo:

Mexican Salad:

  • 1 corn cob or 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup Black beans, canned drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup red cabbage finely shredded
  • ½ cup savoy cabbage finely shredded
  • 1 carrot grated
  • ½ bunch coriander leaves

Jalapeño Coriander Dressing:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice from about 4 limes
  • ½ cup firmly packed coriander mostly leaves
  • 1 small jalapeño seeds and ribs removed, and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes Optional


  • For the Mexican salad. Blend all of the jalapeño coriander dressing ingredients, except the red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth. Add red pepper flakes and blend for a few seconds. Combine dressing with all the salad ingredients.
  • For the chili lime mayo whisk all the ingredients. Place in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble.
  • For the tostada shells. Use a cookie cutter to make them a bit smaller. Pour oil until it comes up about 3 cm into a saucepan and heat until it reaches 367F. You can check the oil is hot enough by breaking off a tiny piece of one of the tortillas and putting it in the pan — if it begins to bubble up, then the oil is ready for frying. Add the tortillas and cook, turning once for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side, until they’re golden and crisp. Drain on some paper towel. Alternately, you can coat the tortillas with oil and toast them in a convection oven.
  • Fried method, add cheese after frying along with some black beans.
  • Oven method, add some cheese after toasted a little and top with black beans.
  • To assemble. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the chili mayo on each tostada. Top with avocado slices, season with some salt, place the chopped smoked salmon, then top with pickled jalapenos, some coriander and finish it off with some drops of the chipotle tabasco. Serve on top of your salad.



For the Jalapeño Coriander Dressing, it’s important to use either extra virgin olive oil or a neutral oil like vegetable, canola or grapeseed or else your dressing can become bitter
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