Recipe: Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos (pics)

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Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos

To be completely honest, I had never even heard of fish tacos until I met
my SoCal-born-and-raised wife. Even then, I thought that those two
words belong nowhere even remotely close together. The idea seemed
positively disgusting. This is what happens when you're raised in the
Midwest, where tacos come only from a drive-thru at a place with a big
fake bell on the roof.

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Now that I am older, hopefully wiser (certainly grayer), and with broader
culinary horizons, I am a true believer. Fish tacos are some seriously good
eats.

At the risk of being ridiculed by those in the know, I will call these
"somewhat authentic". Or, you might think of them as "Authentic Gringo
Fish Tacos". I was going to use that for the post/recipe title, but I had
second thoughts.

Shoot, call me and the recipe whatever you want. Let's get cookin'!

Ingredients
6 Talapia fillets
12 Corn tortillas
1 cup Southwest Slaw
1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped medium-fine
2 Tbsp Hot sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot)
Canola oil

Marinade
1/3 cup Canola oil
Juice of two limes
1 tsp Garlic salt
2 Tbsp Adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo)

Avocado Cream
1 large Hass avacado, peeled, seeded and diced (I recommend Calavo, of
course)
1 cup Sour cream
Juice of one lime
2 tsp Your favorite hot sauce
1 tsp Garlic salt

Important: Make sure the fish is fresh! It should be firm, with good color,
and a clean briny (not fishy) smell.

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Method
Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk to
combine.

Put the fish in a gallon zip-top bag and add the marindade.

Slosh the fish and the marinade gently in the bag to ensure that all of the
fish is coated.

Seal the bag (removing the excess air) and set aside to marinate for 30
minutes.

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Mash the avocado on a cutting board with the side of your knife.

Combine all of the avocado cream ingredients in an medium mixing bowl and
whisk to combine, then cover and refrigerate.

Tip: The marinade and/or avocado cream can be made up to a day in
advance.

Start your grill and prepare for direct cooking over a hot fire (450-500º).

Remove the fish from the marinade and drain well.

Pat each filet dry with a paper towel.

Smear each side of each filet with a teaspoon of hot sauce, applying it as
evenly as you can.

Put the fish on the grill and cook for three minutes.

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Flip the fish over and cook for another minute.

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Move the fish to a warm platter, drizzle the fish with lime juice, and cover
the platter with plastic wrap.

Quickly warm each tortilla on the grill.

To serve, offset two tortillas by half, smear the inside with avocado cream,
add some fish chunks (separated with forks), then top with about two
tablespoons of slaw and some cilantro.

Or, serve it family-style so that everyone can build their own.

Enjoy!

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John
 

Tri Tip

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Yep,,, Fish tacos are eaten at least once a week in these parts!!!! Yours are quite amazing! Thanks for sharing.
 

Vermin999

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Great looking fish tacos. I thought fish tacos would be disgusting first time I heard of them too and boy was I wrong.
 

dfi

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i did these last night and we loved them...I used Cod instead of tilapia because we try not to eat farm raised fish, especially tilapia because of their diet.....but they were the bomb...great recipie thanks
 

bigwheel

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Well I could knock a big old hole in some of that. They have a dedicated fish taco place over in Grapevine. Everybody loves em who tries em.
 

Griff

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dfi said:
I used Cod instead of tilapia because we try not to eat farm raised fish, especially tilapia because of their diet.

Yes, an other convert. No farm raised fish.
 

Qjuju

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Griff said:
dfi said:
I used Cod instead of tilapia because we try not to eat farm raised fish, especially tilapia because of their diet.

Yes, an other convert. No farm raised fish.

Is that why I think tilapia tastes like @$$? I tried it once about 5 years ago and I would rather eat canned tuna. Blech!
 
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