Thursday, April 29, 2010

Grilled Fish Taco's!

Not sure what's happening to us, but we're eating a lot more fish lately. and enjoying it, too! That's the surprise of it, I can get them to eat it, healthy and all, but getting them to like it and ask for it, another story. Well, that one kid, she'll have no part of it, will never eat it. She has her likes and won't deviate. Maybe the seven year rule will apply. Someone once said in a cooking forum, to try things you don't like every seven years, your tastes may change. Seemed to have worked with the fish, but no way will I ever like asparagus. Hasn't happened yet. The picky one, she loves it. Go figure.

Made Turkey Taco's for Miss Picky, used the same spices that I do for beef and just subbed ground Turkey! We had the Grilled Fish Taco's. I've made them before using a similar recipe. Loved that one and I forgot all about it and ended up finding a new one, also at epicurious. but I like tweaking and searching for new recipes, so it worked out fine. Everyone was happy!

I poured the marinade in a Ziploc bag to marinate the fish, less dishes to wash. and because we don't like the smell of cooking fish in the house, the Griller put it in a foil disposable pan and cooked it outside on the grill. I served it in one piece instead of flaked. I also mixed the Crema in with shredded cabbage and served that inside the taco, along with fresh tomato salsa and the pickled onions.We had whole wheat tortilla's, instead of corn or flour.

Can't be all that healthy, we had Italian cream ice for dessert!

Fish Tacos
Source: adapted from Epicurious, May 2009 – recipe by Lourdes Castro, Simply Mexican
Printable Recipe

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
About 1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar (I used 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, a little less than 1/4 cup simple syrup and some water)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (I used Mexican oregano)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
1 jalapeño, stemmed and chopped
1 pound flaky white fish (such as mahi mahi or cod), cut into 4 pieces
salt and pepper
8 fresh corn tortillas (I used whole wheat)
Mexican crema, homemade or store-bought (I mixed 1 cup sour cream with the zest and juice of one lime, jalapeno, a little salt and pepper)
Fresh Tomato Salsa
2 limes, cut into quarters

Put the onion in a small bowl and pour in the vinegar to cover well. Set aside for at least 30 minutes or up to several weeks.

Pour the olive oil into a small bowl and add the ancho chile powder, oregano, cumin, chopped cilantro, salt, pepper and jalapeño. Mix well. Place the fish on a dish and pour the marinade over it, making sure to coat the fish well on both sides. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes. (I put it in a Ziploc bag to marinate)

Heat a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Place the fish in the pan, no need for more oil. Cook the fish for about 4 minutes, then turn over, and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and flake the fish into the pan with a fork, making sure to mix in all the marinade that has stuck to the bottom of the pan. Check if it needs more salt and pepper. I cooked it on the grill, in a disposable aluminum pan and left the pieces whole!

Place four of the tortillas on a plate and sandwich them between two slightly dampened sheets of paper towel. Microwave on high for about 45 seconds. Place the warm tortillas in a towel-lined basket or plate and cover. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

To assemble the tacos, place a big spoonful of the fish onto the center of a tortilla. Top with the marinated onions. I also added a sort of cole slaw to the taco's. Serve with salsa.

Fish Taco Cole Slaw
1 bag shredded green cabbage
1 cup sour cream
juice and zest of one lime
minced fresh jalapeno (half of one jalapeno)
salt and pepper to taste

Combine the sour cream with the lime juice, zest, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Mix shredded green cabbage in with the crema and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.


  1. Love, love, love fish tacos. They're just starting to make their way to the midwest, you know everything is BEEF here :).

    I've never made them at home. I am going to add this to my recipes to try!

  2. I love fish/seafood but just can't seem to make myself try a fish just doesn't sound right!

  3. For my counterpart of Ms Picky, I do not give in to choices. At first, she does not eat cilantro and tomatoes. But when I make my own salsa, she eats them! I try to make Mexican dish every two weeks.

    I have not tried making fish tacos, because I agree with the smell. But I should give this a try.

  4. Even though I don't like fish, I do manage to get a filet o fish down.
    I would eat it, just the crispy fish and some good cole slaw.
    You are cooking a lot lately! :)

  5. I've never even had a fish taco much less make one! I do enjoy fish, though so I'm sure I would like them. Why can I not get beyond beef or chicken tacos???

    Looks good, Carol!

  6. Our friends make fish tacos, and I do like them!

  7. Now that is a great way to eat healthy - fish tacos are a favorite here as well but I cheat and use lettuce instead of cabbage :)

    Sorry I am so far behind on commenting - I do read your wonderful posts each time one is posted!

  8. I don't think I've ever had a fish taco. But I see no reason why it wouldn't be delicious. And healthier. Marvelous photo!

  9. You know, that's a heck of a good looking (and generous) plate of food!

    The Mexican flag is represented in all its vibrant colors. And even though it is a pretty dish, I'd be happiest if I could just dive in.

  10. One more thing...:/

    Don't lose any sleep over Ms. Picky. I was just as finicky when I was her age.
    I'd even gag at the mere sight of some foods. Nowadays, I'd trample over anybody for the same foods.

    Have a good weekend pal!

  11. Had my first fish taco the weekend I spent with Marsha & Jayme in the Cities..I liked it! Will make some of these with your recipe, now I will have to beg some of my friends for some fresh fish!!

  12. I would love to have this fish taco too!

  13. Looks good to me, Carol. My Mr. Picky would probably nix them. Can I come to your house next time you make them? ;-)


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