Another thing that I often think about when I am trying to eat lighter is seafood and one of my goals is to try to include fish in my diet more often. These fish tacos that have been on my mind for a while now and they were the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone so to say. I certainly was not going to let the fact that it is the middle of winter stop me from doing some grilling, not when it is easy enough to pull out my trusty grilling pan. The grilling pan might not give that smoky flavour of a real grill but it is great way to cast back a bit of winter’s gloom by using it to make a summery dish!
The basic idea behind these fish tacos was to marinate the fish, timapia in this case, in a light and tasty cilantro and lime marinade and then to grill it, flake it apart into chunks and to serve it in corn tortillas dressed up with some tasty toppings. When I think about toppings for tacos I almost always start by thinking about the salsa as tacos almost always need to have at least one salsa and for these cilantro and lime fish tacos I went for a fresh tomatillo salsa . I filled the tacos out a bit by including some crunch shredded cabbages and some cool and creamy avocado is certainly welcome. I sometimes include a dollop of sour cream in my tacos but this time I thought that I would try something a bit different and I pureed some cilantro and lime juice into the sour cream which definitely increases its summery freshness!
Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos
Fresh, healthy and tasty cilantro and lime marinated grilled fish tacos.
- 1 pound white fish such as tilapia, cod, etc.
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 lime, juice and zest
- 1 jalapeno, finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 green onion, finely sliced
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 (4 inch) corn tortillas
- 1 cup tomatillo pico de gallo or salsa verde
- 3 cups cabbage, shredded
- 1/4 cup cilantro lime crema (see below)
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Marinate the fish in the oil, lime juice and zest, jalapeno, garlic, green onion, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper for 20 minutes.
- Grill the fish over medium-high heat until cooked, about 4-6 minutes per side. The fish will be cooked when it flakes easily and it is no longer translucent.
- Flake the fish and serve in tortillas with the tomatillo pico de gallo, cabbage, cilantro lime crema, and avocado!
Cilantro and Lime Crema
Crema filled with the freshness and brightness of summer; the perfect garnish for fish tacos.
- 1/2 cup crema (or sour cream)
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1/2 lime, juice and zest
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
- Puree everything in a food processor.
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Girlie Blogger says
I can smell the minty freshness of this dish. Looks too good.
Never sure whether I like your photos more or your recipes more! But this one's great on both counts! Love to make fish tacos and think of sitting in a small taco spot in Tulum – or eating California-style fish tacos down in Lompoc with my stepsister – either way – thanks! Nice combo on the cilantro & lime should be perfect!
Dan Toombs - The Curry Guy says
Nice one Kevin.
This is just my kind of recipe. I grew up in California and love fish tacos. I now live in the UK so it is nice from time to time to eat some real home comfort food.
I will definitely be giving this recipe a try. As I am currently ten months into a year of cooking and eating nothing but Indian food I will use home made chapati flat breads instead of the corn tortillas.
I'm really glad I found your blog (On Google plus) and have subscribed. Keep up the great work.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Refined tacos! Really fabulous.
You usually don't find all of these bright flavors at winter dinners, but why not? This is light eating at it's best!
I have never had fish tacos…shame on me!
You make me want to break out the grill Kevin:D
That looks absolutely beautiful and I could almost taste it as I read the recipe.
Yvette ~ Muy Bueno Cookbook says
This looks delish! Now I'm craving fish tacos and will have to make some very soon. Love your yummy photos. Great post~
Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says
This looks fresh, delicious, and healthy! Great job, I am not a huge fish taco fan but I think I could do this! Bookmarking…
Tanya Robinson VanElls says
Fresh and fabulous! I like your sour cream base sauce, and tilapia is my favorite fish…I am definately making this!
Nikki @Pennies on a Platter says
That's what I love about where we live, I can grill all year! 🙂 I won't rub it in…
Love fish tacos! Glad you can whip out your grill pan and make them even when you're stuck inside away from the cold. 🙂
Desiree Jacobs says
i loooove fish tacos…drooool! thank you for posting the recipe.
I'm the same- always in search of easy fish recipes! This must be a winner 😉
Love the idea, really gotta try those tacos. And as usual, photos are great!
I made these fish tacos tonight on my cast-iron griddle. Also made the crema, using some homemade creme fraiche for the sour cream, and added some sea salt & toasted cumin). Did your pico de gallo too. I was forced to use tomatoes, rather than tomatillos due to what I had on hand. I used sprouted corn tortillas and melted a tiny bit of manchego cheese on them. All was delicious! Thank you so much, Kevin!
Restaurant Brugge says
good post thanks
I absolutely love any and all fish tacos! Have yet to try a recipe like this and can't wait to test it out, looks delish!! I've always loved cooking, but am new to the blogging world and enjoying checking out your site! Thanks for the great ideas, keep it up!
Great recipe, funny, my wife cooked a very similar one just a couple of days ago… Awesome pics too!
Culinary Collage says
These look amazing…I love fish tacos.
this is great super nice photos its all your fault coz im hungry now
Great recipe! I have a similar one using tilapia with ancho chili powder…check it out on thewhitedishwordpress.com. Your pics look great! I need more lighting in mine…have to work on that! I'd love for you to check out my recipes and leave any feedback you can! Thanks!
Kevin, you NEVER disappoint! This recipe was absolutely amazing! The tomatillo pico was my favorite component. Thank you!
I made these for my husband who " doesn't eat fish"!!! He LOVED them. Your food has NEVER been anything but a home run for me no matter whoes coming for dinner.
Made similar dish last night, but instead of sour cream, I used goat cheese, cilantro and lemon zest, topped it on the fish, then added a tomatillo sauce made with tomatillos, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic and onion. Really good. Wish I had a photo to show.
موسوعة الطبخ says
thank you so much =)
Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen says
I made these for New Year's Eve dinner (we even fired up the grill in the freezing cold!) and they were delicious! I totally forgot to put the cabbage on them, but they were still awesome. Loved the crema, and the pico de gallo was great on them, as well as on top of the cilantro lime rice that I made to go with them. Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Mobasir hassan says
Truly appreciate the way you made this wonderful recipe. Everything is so nicely described that really helped. Looking forward for more such recipes in future too.