Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Did Someone Say Fish Tacos???

Fish Tacos are my new favorite things in the whole world. Think about it, fish tacos on a patio somewhere with a cold beer and great friends. Life doesn't get any better right? Well, I'm easy to please, so to me it sounds pretty damn good . Even if you don't like fish, I think you'll love these. I tend to be heavy with the spices and flavors when I cook, so it works great for these tacos. No fish flavor, so even your pickiest eater won't have an excuse. Though if you are friends with a picky eater, why are you cooking for them? Hand them some peanut butter and a loaf of bread and tell them to enjoy.

Oh yeah, I cannot take full credit for these tacos. It is a mixture of about five or six different versions I have read or have been told at some point or another. I'm sure my special touch is in there somewhere.

Grilled Fish Tacos

1 lb Mahi Mahi ( Tilapia works just as well)
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup canola oil
chopped cilantro ( use to taste, I personally am not a big fan, so I use about two tablespoons, of course if you love it, go for it and use as much as you want)
1 Fresh Jalapeno chopped fine
8 Corn Tortillas
Shredded Cabbage ( if you aren't a normal cabbage eater, buy the prepackaged coleslaw, it works perfectly)
1/2 chopped red onion
1 can drained sweet corn
1 chopped avocado

Place your fish in a baking dish.
Mix together in a bowl the oil, chili powder,cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. This is your marinade for the fish.
Pour this over the fish and let is marinade for about 20 minutes.
Take the fish and place it on your preheated grill skin side up (yes the fish has skin, sheesh get over it). This should take about four to five minutes. If you are using thin pieces of fish, then lessen your time.
Flip the fish over and cook it skin side down for about another 45 seconds to one minute.
Remove the fish from the grill and you can flake the fish off the skin with a fork after it sits for a few minutes. ( see, you don't EAT the skin, ya dork)
Heat up your corn tortillas in the microwave or the grill ( i prefer the grill, but whatever floats your boat)
Put the fish, some cabbage, red onion, avocado and corn in the tortilla. You can also top with some additional cilantro, lime juice, and some salsa, hot sauce, pace, whatever you want to call it.

As far as a side dish for these, I would not suggest refried beans or anything heavy. I will usually make guacamole ( YES, we like avocado around here) and some black beans. You could also make a grilled vegetable medley of bell peppers, squash, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini. I like to season mine with olive oil, garlic powder, and ground black pepper.

So there you go, finally a healthy dish. It hurt me to write this, but I'll get over it.

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