Grilled Fish Tacos

May 1, 2013 | By andrea | Filed in: Fish, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes.


I love fish tacos, and this version is easy to make and full of fresh flavors. This recipe features chile-marinated grilled fish served with fresh Pico de Gallo salsa and a super tasty Lime-Cilantro Sour Cream Sauce. You can make almost everything ahead so it’s perfect for entertaining…just grill the fish right before serving.

The recipe has you use 2 tortillas per taco, which is brilliant because the inner tortilla will start to fall apart so you’ll still have the outer tortilla to keep the taco together. Definitely take the extra few minutes to make fresh Pico de Gallo salsa — It’s super easy and compliments the flavors of the tacos better than the jarred store-bought stuff. Serve the tacos with Arroz Verde (Green Rice) and a green salad drizzled with a Mexi-inspired vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Grilled Fish Tacos
-recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine 

A grilled fish taco is a beautiful thing to eat. San Diego and points south are where they originated. Although many of the fish tacos in the area are fried, the grilled ones really stand out and are much lighter. Serves 6-8, Yields 12 tacos.
For the lime-cilantro sour cream sauce:
1 cup sour cream 
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
3 Tbs. minced fresh cilantro
Grated zest of 1 lime 
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice

For the tacos:
2 tsp. ground ancho chile powder 
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. kosher salt 
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 
2 Tbs. olive oil 
3 lb. firm-fleshed whitefish fillets (halibut, snapper, mahi-mahi, cod) 
2 dozen 6-inch corn tortillas
2-1/2 cups shredded green cabbage 
2-1/2 cups shredded red cabbage 
Pico de Gallo 
4 limes, quartered

To make the lime-cilantro sour cream sauce:
Combine all the ingredients in a 2-cup measuring cup and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate up to 4 hours until ready to use.

To make the tacos:
In a small bowl, combine the ancho powder, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper and stir to mix. Add the oil and whisk until a loose paste is formed. Rub the fish with the spice paste and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.  

Light a charcoal fire or preheat your gas grill on high. Oil the grill’s cooking surface. Let the coals burn down to a medium-hot fire or adjust the gas grill burners to medium-high.

Grill the fish until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop.

Divide the tortillas into 2 stacks and wrap each in aluminum foil. Place on the grill until heated through, about 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbage.

To assemble the tacos, take 2 tortillas, top it with chunks of fish, a dollop of the sauce, a spoonful of the Pico de Gallo, and some of the cabbage. Squeeze a wedge of  lime over the filling, fold the tortillas, and eat.

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One comment on “Grilled Fish Tacos

  1. Yummy. I love a good fish taco. Especially with Cod fish!