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A healthier fish taco, this Baja Fish Taco Recipe has grilled flaky white fish, a creamy avocado sauce, and a tangy white mayo sauce. My idea of a perfect taco night!

A healthier fish taco, this Baja Fish Taco Recipe has grilled flaky white fish, a creamy avocado sauce, and a tangy white mayo sauce. My idea of a perfect taco night!

Photos Updated September 2015

 
 


Originally posted January 14, 2011 – I’ve been on a total taco kick, having them at least once a week lately. I had some extra cod on hand, and it was fate that I make this recipe again. The first time I made these, I used tilapia, so I think that any firm, white fish will work great in this recipe. And while I love fried fish tacos, these are a nice, healthy alternative. There are a few different components, but they are all very easy and this Baja Fish Taco Recipe comes together easily and quickly!

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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 this Baja Fish Taco recipe was 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!

The original recipe called for halibut, but I used tilapia instead of halibut, because I had some in my freezer. And 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!    
 
 
A healthier fish taco, this Baja Fish Taco Recipe has grilled flaky white fish, a creamy avocado sauce, and a tangy white mayo sauce. My idea of a perfect taco night!    
 
 

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Baja Fish Taco Recipe
 
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A healthier fish taco, this Baja Fish Taco Recipe has grilled flaky white fish, a creamy avocado sauce, and a tangy white mayo sauce. My idea of a perfect taco night!
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
Fish:
  • 4 (6- 8-ounce) firm white fish fillets (mahimahi, tilapia, cod, etc)
  • olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
Avocado Sauce:
  • Flesh of 2 medium-ripe avocados
  • juice of 2 limes
  • handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
Tangy Mayo Sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons water
Tacos
  • 10 to 12 (6-inch) soft flour tortillas
  • 1 small head purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • cilantro
Instructions
Make the fish:
  1. Preheat a grill to high. Drizzle fish on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the fish for 5-7 minutes per side, or until opaque. Remove the fish from the grill and drizzle the lime juice over the top. Use a fork to break the fish into pieces.
Make the avocado sauce:
  1. In a small food processor or blender, combine the avocado, lime juice, cilantro and cayenne. Process until smooth, adding more lime juice to thin out if desired.
Make the tangy mayo sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar and water and stir until smooth
Make the tacos:
  1. If desired, lightly char the tortillas on a grill, gas stove or in a dry cast iron skillet. Spread some of the avocado sauce down the center of the tortilla, then place some of the fish down on top of the sauce. Top with cabbage, tomatoes and green onions. Drizzle with the mayo sauce. Add more cilantro to the top, if desired.
Notes
very slightly adapted from Recipes Every Man Should Know

 

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A healthier fish taco, this Baja Fish Taco Recipe has grilled flaky white fish, a creamy avocado sauce, and a tangy white mayo sauce. My idea of a perfect taco night!

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15 Responses to Baja Fish Taco Recipe

  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!

  13. cupcakes says:

    I love the taco Fish recipe, the presentation is perfectly amazing

  14. With the pending end of summer and the coming of higher fish prices in my area this is something I need to try quickly!
    I love the recipe! I just may have to cancel my plans and cook this for the weekend.

  15. Thank you for such a quick and simple AND DELICIOUS recipe.

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