Recipe by SarasotaCook
What is so good about these are a fresh fruit salsa, avocado cream, grilled fish, and I love a light cabbage to bring it all together. Now, you can add tomato, or black olives which is one of my favorites and it is a very inexpensive easy dish. You can also add beans right to the dish which is also really good, or ... What is so nice, is make some of my black beans, just sauteed with garlic, lime, fresh peppers, cumin, onions makes an amazing quick side dish. If all that isn't enough, corn on the cob. Just throw some in the oven or on the grill. Or just wrap up in foil which is what I like to quite a bit. Just brush with olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper mixed with chili powder. Just brushed on the corn. Wrapped and grilled. Then throw in some some yellow rice or Mexican rice on the side, cooked in chicken broth with scallions and cilantro and you have dinner for up to 6 people for hardly anything. But don't forget the margaritas. I am always saying that you can really have a great quick dinner with amazing flavor that really doesn't cost much. This is it!!
Top Review by LifeIsGood
Originally rated on 9/28/09 - This recipe made it into my book#266453. Oh, am I ever glad I chose this recipe. It was fantastic! The fish was simple and very delicious with the crispy coating...yum. I enjoyed ALL of the topping options and used them all for my fish tacos. However, I love how they are all optional and your family/guests can pick and chose how to make their own fish taco. I didn't change a thing to this recipe and I thought it was perfect. This recipe would be great for entertaining - prep all toppings in advance and it would be a snap to prepare. ~Made for Fall Pick-A-Chef~
Fish and Fillings
- 3 tilapia fillets, pan seared and just broken up
- 12 -24 flour tortillas (1 package)
- 1 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 1⁄2 cups shredded cabbage, makes life easy (I just use the store bought bagged)
- 1⁄2 cup avocado, mashed
- 1 cup sour cream
Mango and Avocado Salsa
- 2 mangoes, skin removed (large and chopped)
- 2 avocados (large or 3 large, and chopped)
- 1 jalapeno (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 1⁄4 cup red pepper, cut fine
- 1⁄2 cup red onion, diced fine
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 limes, juice of
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 15 ounces black beans, rinsed and drained
- black olives
Directions See How It's Made
- Salsa -- now I won't go into the whole avacado and mango peel routine. I am sure most people have seen it. And if you haven't there are enough sites on the web to tell you how to do that. So I will skip that. So -- that aside -- Salsa -- after chopping all the fruit and vegetables, mix the mango, avocado, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, red pepper, oil, garlic, seasoning, lime juice, and just set to the side covered well with plastic wrap.
- Avocado Creme -- just a dash of salt if needed, I don't add more than just a pinch, sour cream and avocado. I just mash wish a fork. Honestly guys and gals -- just add to a baggie and squeeze. Save the bowl and fork. Why not. I like to add it to a small bowl when I serve it but for a quick make -- it works just fine.
- Take a couple of cups of the cabbage -- right out of the bag. Just hit it with salt and pepper. Nothing more. Like a pinch. It just reduces the juice. Put in a serving bowl and set to the side. Cover with plastic wrap. Nothing more.
- The garnish -- open can, drain and put in bowl -- I think we can all handle that. I will never be offended if someone doesn't like them. Black olives to me just work well with mango and avocado and fish, so. I like them as a topping.
- Now -- the salsa is made and all the flavors are mixing together. The avocado cream is chilling, And now the fish -- We are all done. Five (5) minutes and taco time.
- Fish -- in a large baggie mix the salt, pepper and flour. Then just lightly toss fish fish to coat lightly. Now in a large frying pan non stick I prefer for this, add the oil and heat to medium heat. Just pan saute the fish until lightly brown on each side. It only takes 2 or so minutes per side. Once done -- just remove the fish and drain on a paper towel.
- Beans -- just heat up in a measuring cup in the microwave. Nothing more for this -- ok some time a squirt some lime in it if if had some left. not a big deal. Enough big flavors for this dish.
- Tortillas -- I wrap my tortillas in foil and just warm up in the oven as I cook the fish. They just take 10 minutes. is all. Nothing much. They can also be heated up on a grill too.
- Dinner -- Just serve all the ingredients so everyone can put them together them selves. Taco Bar Style. A bowl of the fresh fish, just broken up, the cabbage, beans, the sauce, olives and the salsa. Now, if you want to add some salsa, tomato based you can. To me NO WAY.
- Ok - Tortilla warm, then -- Cabbage chilled, then -- Warm beans, then -- Fish warm, then -- Sauce chilled, then -- Salsa chilled, -- Now -- everyone has the best fish taco around trust me. I have a taco party every year. I make this and also make the traditional and then a chicken one. This is by far the requested one.
- If you want cheese, I prefer a provolone or monterey jack, bland, but I don't for this dish.
- That taco bar is worthy or any party. If I add the beans to the dish I don't add as a side. but a nice green salad and some rice is such a easy thing to add. This is one of my OH SO INEXPENSIVE MEALS. with summer prices for fruit and Tilapia so cheap. This easily feeds 6-8 and is worth entertaining with.
- Remember to make in steps. There are a lot, but nothing is hard.