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Friday, February 26, 2010

Fish Tacos...using Mahi-Mahi

Fish Tacos...using Mahi-Mahi We like tacos, fajitas, burritos, gyros...basically, anything rolled up. So sometimes, I'll fix us something quick and healthy...like this fish taco I made recently. It became a quick lunch one day. Very good and satisfying, yet not heavy at all. There are other versions of fish tacos out there. The recipe may have the fish battered and deep fried. Sometimes even the tortilla is fried. I chose to keep mine simple and a bit healthier. We like it this way. But, if it were up to me, I would take the battered fish any day. I like crispy, battered fish. Actually, I love anything battered. But I also know that it isn't exactly the healthiest, either. Oh, I'll have it every once in a while... like when I am craving some good fish and chips:). But most days, I prefer healthier alternatives.
This recipe is quite easy and quick to make. It's especially great to make when you want something fresh and light. While the fish is marinating, I will get the toppings ready. I'll fire up the grill and we will have a healthy meal in a matter of minutes. For this recipe, I made the fish tacos with basic and common toppings. You can easily experiment with different sauces, like a chipotle/cilantro sauce. Or, you can serve it with a yoghurt sauce, such as tzatziki. Why, you can even add some Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde or Avocado Sauce. Also, feel free to experiment with different seasonings for the marinade. You can use one or all of the toppings. It really is up to you.
I don't always use all the toppings. Sometimes, I like to keep the fish taco simple... I just add some fresh cilantro, red onion and a splash of hot sauce. I usually grill my fish...that's because we love the grilled flavor. But if you don't have a grill, you can bake the fish in the oven as well...even in a skillet. I like to use mahi-mahi or halibut. But, you know... you can use whatever fish you have on hand and like. The firmer fish works best on the grill as it keeps its shape and doesn't fall apart as easily. So, if you would like to use another kind of fish that's not as firm, either bake it in the oven, or cook it in a skillet. The fish marinade is similar to a chimichurri sauce, but with a bit less oil. I find you don't need a great deal of oil to coat the fish fillets. Add more if you need it, but a little oil can go a long way. Do not let the fish marinade in the sauce too long, as the lime juice can "cook" the fish. Feel free to adjust amounts in the marinade to suit your liking. Hope you enjoy....
You will need:
2-4 pieces(350 grams) of firm fish (such as mahi-mahi,halibut,etc.)
1 TBS olive oil
1/4 tsp chipotle pepper, *
1 garlic clove,minced
1/4 cup cilantro,chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 tsp cumin(optional)
salt/pepper to taste
*can substitute fresh jalapeno pepper,dried ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, or even chili powder

Toppings: can include any or all of the following, use what you have on hand
shredded cabbage
thinly sliced red onion
sour cream
hot sauce
diced avocado
chopped cilantro
chopped tomatoes
lime wedges


In a bowl, mix all marinade ingredients. Pour over fish. Cover and let sit for 20-40 minutes.

Preheat grill on high. Brush grill with a bit of oil. Even though the fish is marinated with a bit of oil, the extra oil will help the fish not stick so much. Place fish on hot grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. This of course depends on the thickness of the fish. If need be, check to see that it is completly cooked. The last couple of minutes, place the tortillas on the gril to soften and warm up a bit. Break fish in smaller pieces and place on a tortilla. .
Add toppings and enjoy.


Sailaja Damodaran said...

very colourfull...........

Speranta said...

Este de apreciat tot ce faci ...sunt pe placul meu.

Ellie said...

Sailaja and Speranta,
Thank you for your kind comments...I enjoy reading them...~Ellie