Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm Back... With Baja-Style Fish Tacos!

I know, I know..... I've been terrible at blogging this past month.  It started with an illness that incapacitated me for a week.  Then, during said illness my Funemployment finally ended.  Hello working again!  Needless to say, things have been busy and great around here. Starting a new job (that I love) has really messed with my schedule.  So, over the past month I've really just been making some standard easy dishes, some I've already shared and others not really blog worthy.... yet.

But, I think I've got a good schedule down now and I decided to come back with a great summer dish, Baja-Style Fish Tacos!  If you're anything like me, the idea of a fish taco might kind of gross you out at first.  

Baja-Style Fish Tacos

1) It's just not something you tend to see in Northern NH
2) The idea is just odd
3) I normally hate cabbage

But, Gilbert LOVES them.  So, when he brought them up for, probably, the twentieth time, I gave in.  Best food decision I've made this week!  They have such a wonderful combinations of flavor that is perfect for the summertime (hey, a girl can dream that it's summer already).  

Ingredients: 
For the Cabbage Slaw:
1/2 head Green Cabbage, cored and shredded
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
3 Scallions, sliced thin
2 tbs Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp Salt 

For the Sauce:
3/4 cup Mayonnaise
3 tsp canned Chipotle Chile in Adobo Sauce, minced
1 tbs Lime Juice
1 tbs Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced
Sat and Pepper to taste

For the Fish:
4 (6oz) skinless Mahi-Mahi filets, about 1inch thick
2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
2 tsp Vegetable Oil

12 (6-inch) Corn Tortillas

Directions:
1) For the Cabbage Slaw: Toss cabbage with cilantro, scallions, vinegar, oil and salt.  Set aside for serving.

2) For the Sauce: In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cilantro, chipotle, lime juice and garlic; season with salt and pepper to taste; and set aside.

3) For the Fish: Combine the chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Pat fish filets dry with paper towels, rub with oil, then rub evenly with spice mixture. 

4) In a non-stick skillet, cook fish over medium high heat until fish is opaque and flakes apart when gently prodded with paring knife, 4-5 minutes, gently flipping fish halfway through with tons or spatulas.  Transfer fish to platter, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes.  *optional:  Add a dash of liquid smoke to pan while cooking the fish for a grill taste.

5) Working in batches of 2, place tortillas in un-oiled non-stick skillet on high heat.  Toast each side until brown spots appear, 3-4 minutes (you'll know when the first side is done because the tortilla will start to bubble).  Wrap tortillas in a kitchen towel or in large sheet of foil.

6) Cut eat fillet into 3 equal pieces.  Smear each warm tortilla with portion of mayonnaise mixture, top with cabbage slaw and piece of fish and serve.

*The original recipe from America's Test Kitchen uses a grill, but since we don't own one (sad I know) we had to slightly adapt.

24 comments:

  1. I had some fish tacos in Texas (at a place called Lupe Tortilla -- go there if you're ever near it!) that I DREAM about... this was probably close to 3 years ago. I'm a fish taco fanatic. Your recipe sounds pretty amazing, can't wait to try it out and see how it stacks up :)

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    1. Ohh where in TX were you? Let me know how it turns out!

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  2. We LOVE fish tacos! If only I lived nearer to the sea. Looks like I need a vacation ;-)

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    1. I Love the idea of a vacation by the sea! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I love fish tacos! This post is reminding me that is has been WAY too long since we made them. Maybe over a year? I need to fix that! This recipe looks amazing.

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    1. Thanks so much! Seriously, I never would have thought that I would like let alone love these, but I do :)

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  4. They freaked me out at first too. But OMG they are so good. Love your recipe!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who got a little freaked out by them! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I love fish tacos! These sound great!

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  6. I was wondering where you went to! Glad to hear funemployment is over and you love your new job. Having a job you love makes days so much better. Congrats on all fronts!

    And it's funny, I never had fish tacos because it seemed odd to me too. I wouldn't mind trying them one day though to see what the fuss is about. It sounds like one tasty recipe you got going on here!

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    1. Thanks so much! Seriously, I never would have thought that a fish taco would be good, but I'm so glad I gave it a shot!

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  7. I cannot find chipotles in Australia.

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    1. This is SOO sad! Australia and it's lack mexican food....

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  8. This looks delicious, Anne. I love fish tacos. That sauce looks amazing :)

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    1. Thanks Addie! The sauce is really good. The recipe originally called for 1-3 tsp of Chipotle Chili's in Adobo but after taste testing we decided to add 3 1/2. Let me know if you try it!

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  9. I love love love fish tacos. I need to make some again, soon!

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  10. I am obsessed with fish tacos! I always order them at restaurants but never end up making my own, I should really start though because its fairly easy! Great recipe.

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  11. Oh, boy, do these look incredible! It's my hubby who would probably turn his nose at these, but I'd happily eat his share. Your recipe looks marvelous!

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  12. I have been thinking of making fish tacos soon, these look wonderful!

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  13. Your post made me laugh because when I first heard of them, I had the same reaction! Then I started seeing them more and more on Food Network and they looked really good. When I made them the first time...wow! So good!!
    Lovely spices on your fish!

    Nazneen

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  14. Hi Anne,

    Congratulation with your new job! Settling into something new takes time and glad everything has been working out fine for you.

    I like eating fish and cabbage and reckon that I will like your Baja-Style fish tacos... Yum!

    Zoe

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  15. I was never crazy about a fish taco UNTIL I gave in and tried one...they are great!!!! This one looks fantastic!!!

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  16. I finally tried this today, and it's a wonderful recipe...thanks so much for posting it!

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