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Did any of you watch this week’s Top Chef All Stars?  The chefs were taken out on boats to catch their own fish, then they went to a farmer’s market, and created dishes based on the fish they caught and what they were able to find at the farmer’s market.  Now – most of the Top Chef challenges are way out of my league. Actually, all of them.  But this is one that I really think I would have liked to participate in.  (Besides the fact that I have no idea what to do with a whole fish – I’d have to have someone else butcher it for me!!)

And it was ironic that I just happen to make fish tacos that same day. As I was going through this month’s Cookbook of the Month, this recipe just kept jumping out at me.  And I’m so glad that I made it, because these tacos were so refreshing and delicious.  As much as I love fried fish – especially wrapped up in a taco – this fish is grilled and a much healthier way to have your fish tacos.  But don’t worry – the flavor isn’t lacking without the fried fish!  You actually feel good about eating these!

Recipe Notes:

  • I used tilapia instead of halibut, because I had some in my freezer
  • I didn’t use the food processor to make the avocado sauce.  Abbi was napping when I made these, so I was trying to be quiet and just used a fork.  So it was chunkier than in the recipe, but it was still delicious!


Recipe Rating:  8 out of 10
Baja Style Fish Tacos
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A grilled fish taco with an avocado sauce and a mayonnaise sauce.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 (6- 8-ounce) mahimahi fillets
  • olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
Avocado Sauce:
  • Flesh of 2 medium-ripe avocados
  • juice of 1 lime
  • handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
Tangy Mayo Sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons water
  • 10 to 12 (6-inch) soft flour tortillas
  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  1. Preheat a grill to high. Drizzle fish on both sides with olive oil ans sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until opaque. Remove from heat and drizzle with lime juice.
  2. In a small food processor or blender, process avocado, lime juice, cilantro and cayenne until smooth, the the consistency of thick cream. (Add water to thin, if necessary.) Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place tortillas on top grill rack and heat through, 30 to 60 seconds. Arrange food on a table for self-service. To assemble, hold a tortilla in your hand and spread a spoonful of avocado sauce on it. Add some fish and drizzle with tangy mayo sauce. Top with cabbage, tomatoes, and scallions.
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14 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Baja Style Fish Tacos

  1. Evan B says:

    I watched that episode the other night! Dales fish tacos looks delicious.. but I think yours may look even better! We love fish tacos and I can't wait to try some of those sauces :)

  2. The Meal Planner says:

    Wow both of these recipes you've made from this cookbook have sounded amazing! And can I say how much I LOVE your new rating system? I really get a sense of how much you liked the recipe. Great job! I'm excited to hear more from this series this year.

  3. kat says:

    I love fish tacos but I can't helped but really craving the unhealthy fried kind when these would be so much better for me!

  4. Joanne says:

    I haven't watched that episode yet but it's on my list of things to do tonight! These tacos look delicious. Love how healthy they are!

  5. teresa says:

    fish tacos are definitely in the top ten of my favorite foods. these look incredible!

  6. Karly says:

    Oh, now I am definitely craving fish tacos. These look awesome!

  7. Tasha says:

    I just love fish tacos, and this recipe sounds like a awesome version! Definitely bookmarking this one!

    Also, I had to share that your comment about just mashing up the avocado, in order to not wake your daughter, totally made me laugh. Naptime is often my kitchen playtime, and I can't tell you how many times I have dragged my food processor and all the ingredients outside or into the garage!

  8. dena says:

    I love fish tacos! BTW, chunky avocado sauce is FAR superior anyway (in my humble opinion).

  9. grace says:

    how thoughtful of you to forgo the food processor! chunky avocado is just as good as smooth avocado in my book. :)

  10. Brilynn says:

    Fish tacos have been on my "to make" list for a while, I keep seeing them and it's making me want them more!

  11. Add A Little Love says:

    What an interesting idea, fish tacos. I am looking for some healthy and delicious dinner ideas, and I found your blog. Thanks.

  12. I love fish tacos! These look especially delicious!

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