Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fish Tacos

I have to be honest here.  I've never had fish tacos.  I've heard they're wonderful, but I've never even seen one in real life.  Sad, but true.  I guess I don't get out enough.

I find myself this afternoon with a large number of tilapia filets, and I'm thinking along the lines of fish tacos for dinner tonight.    You can tell where this is leading, can't you?

Can you help me out?  Do you have a great way of making fish tacos?  Is it just the same as regular tacos only using the fish as the meat portion?  Can you direct me to a good recipe?  I don't want these to just be good, I want them to be GOOD.  But, then again, I'm not one of those people that has all kinds of gourmet ingredients at her fingertips.  I'm kind of a plain Jane, so maybe I'll just have to settle for good.

Can you help me out with this one?


Julia Shinkle said...

Julie, I really didn't like the idea of them at just sounded gross. Then my sister in law told me to try them at Baja fresh and they are so good. I made them a few summers ago and used some tuna that my brother caught in Alaska. They are great with avacado and cabbage instead of lettuce. Google it! Good luck!

Julia Shinkle said...

Oh, I like black beans with them and corn tortillas...they are worth it!

Jef said...


a couple of pointers from a Coast dweller. One, if you have an outdoor bbq or grill with a place to fry the fish, you'll be happy you did. The smell just floats away instead of permeating the house.

Bread the fish with panko after dipping it in flour and then egg. (flour, egg, panko ... three different bowls.)

Fry the fish

I agree with Julia ... use extremely thin sliced cabbage instead of lettuce. tomatoes are always good. mango salsa if you have it, is good too. You can make your own guacamole with avacado or just slice the avacado.

Limes are important instead of lemon.

for your corn or flour tortillas turn on a pan on med. high without any oil in it and lightly "brown" the tortillas before putting them on the table. just 10-15 seconds on a side should do it. you're only trying to warm them through.

Be sure to lightly salt the fish after you flip it the first time while frying it.

Last thing that makes a fish taco super good is a white sauce.

1:1 ratio of mayonaise and plain yogurt mixed in a bowl.

Spoon it on top of your taco like you would sour cream and you have a real Baja flavor.

Holly Schwendiman said...

Try this link for a bunch of great recipe ideas:

They are wonderful and really simple too!

Best of luck,

Nonna said...

I can't help you with that one. I have kitchen blog, "Tasty Tales" but I never cook fish of any kind...I take fish omega capsules every day cooking or raw makes me queasy !

vaxhacker said...

I have to admit I was never able to get my brain around the concept of a fish taco enough to actually want to try one. Let us know how they turn out!

singing/granny said...

Mmmm! I am getting hungry just reading this. I like your blog! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for your kind comments. Hope your evening and tomorrow and the next day...and the next, are grrreat! Melody

Deena said...

This is such a coincidence, Julie! I had never had fish tacos until the night before last when I decided to make some. I had pulled some Trader Joe's tilapia fillets out of the freezer, and decided that too many people had raved about them to me for me to not have experienced them.

I found an online recipe. We like spicy food around here, so I wasn't deterred at all by the cayenne in the recipe.

I added some personal touches by reading through the reviews. I marinated the fillets in olive oil and the spices. Also, as was already recommended, I fired up the grill to cook the fish outside (for exactly the reason already mentioned).

I made the recipe's homemade salsa with a substitution or two due to not having quite the exact ingredients on hand.

The marinated tilapia fillets cooked up beautifully in just a few minutes. The salsa and the sour cream added just the right amount of "cool" factor to the spicy fish flavor.

Oh yummy! I was VERY pleased with my first fish taco experience! Michael said mine were better than the ones at Taco Del Mar. If I have a happy hubby and a full tummy, what's not to love about a meal?

I hope your first fish tacos turned out great too!

Pedaling said...

I make fish taco's all the time and talapia fillets are great for the makin'. Here's a few secrets. Don't over cook. I bake mine for about 20 minutes and you want to along with your seasonings cook them using coconut oil, which is sooo good for you and will taste out of this world! I think I have some fish recipes on my blog site. Just click recipes on my sidebar cloud! Good luck. You'll have to report back to u!

Jef said...

Hey Julie,

You going to let us know how the fish tacos went???


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