16 Baja Fish Tacos

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wow. That's all I can say about these. WOW. We had these at the reunion (did I mention we did a LOT of cooking??) These are seriously, and I mean REALLY the best fish tacos I've ever had. The coriander is essential, and makes the entire dish. I used Mahi-Mahi and large shrimp.

For 2 people, you'll need:

1.5 lbs fish filets like tilapia, red snapper, mahi-mahi or other white fish and/or large shrimp
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
corn tortillas
lime-cilantro crema (recipe at the bottom)

Preheat oven to 425. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick spray.

First, either crush the coriander with a mortar and pestle or run it through a spice grinder. This smells so, so good. It's lemony. It's amazing how different the coriander seeds are to the cilantro leaves it produces!

Combine all spices in a small bow and mix well.

Pat fish filets dry and sprinkle evenly with the spice mixture, and lay flat on the baking sheet.

Next, I tossed some large shrimp with the remainder of the spice mixture.

Arrange everything on the baking sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes, or until it's opaque in the middle and flakes easily.

My Mahi-Mahi needed a little longer to bake, so I pulled the shrimp out and set aside in a bowl after about 7 minutes.

While fish is cooking, toast the corn tortillas in a small skillet, or carefully over a gas flame. Cover with a tea towel and keep warm. Watch the tortillas carefully - my last one actually caught fire! Whoops.

Place cooked fish in a bowl and and break up into large pieces. Look at the amazing red hue.

Now here's the best part. Assemble tacos and top with a squeeze of fresh lime, and crema.

Suggested toppings:
shredded cabbage or lettuce
fresh cilantro
fresh pico de gallo
shredded Mexican blend cheeses
diced onion
fresh lime juice

I don't care if cheese and fish is a cardinal sin. Don't care. It's really good, and besides, my daughter loves anything with cheese.

Look at this!!

I could eat all of these by myself!

These were so amazing that I made them again the next night, except with ribeye steak. I made 5 times the amount of spice blend and I'm keeping it in a container in my spice pantry. I sprinkled the ribeye all over with the spices before searing the entire steak to medium, and after a rest I sliced into strips and assembled the tacos as shown above.

For the Lime-Cilantro Crema:
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
3 tbls mayonnaise
3 tbls sour cream
1 tsp lime zest
1.5 tsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove of garlic, minced finely

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. I store the entire batch in a handy squeeze bottle. Seriously. Good.
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Unknown said...

Yum. I want these for dinner. TONIGHT.

amdsmilez said...

These looks delicious! I featured a recipe for Grilled Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo on my blog a while back (compliments of AOL Kitchen Daily). They're super good, but these look better. HahA! Check it out --> http://bit.ly/cxoKBr <-- Laugh, Cry, Live!


Tamara Suiter Ocuto said...

I've been looking for the best fish taco recipe for a while now-- I'm optimistic this recipe is THE one! Will try this out tonight or tomorrow for dinner.

Rich DeLuca said...

Sounds great

Ava said...

Wow! That looks and sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing.

Coach Chelle said...

My husband will flip for this recipe! I'm gonna cook it up for him...kids are going to grandma's for the night on Friday. This will be my treat for him. Looks delicious...can't wait!

WEFA said...

Looks wonderful! We've had fish twice in the last week, but in the next few weeks I WILL be making with halibut. That is a PROMISE :) (I've been craving fish tacos)

François Comeau-Lapointe said...

I won't lie: this recipe looked really weird at first. Looking back at it though it looks AWESOME!!! Really, I have to try this! Thank you for taking the time to write the recipe and provide all pictures. I know what I'm going to eat tomorrow :) GREAT job and you have one new reader!!

-Francois Comeau-Lapointe

oasis said...

New menu.Thank for information.

Ginger said...

AMAZING, love the look of ALL this food!!


Emily @ Bentobloggy.com said...

They are delicious! I have them on the brain. I'm considering making them again next week with tilapia. If you try them, let me know how they are!

Unknown said...

This dish looks so delicious. I love all of the ingredients listed. The crema recipe is sweet as well. I want to reach into your pictures and sample it right now! Ah well, I'm inspired to go to the grocery store right now to whip this up. Thanks so much!

noktour said...

I have to try this!

shartzer said...

I used this recipe on Friday night, along with a spicy cheesy black bean/corn concoction on the side. THANK YOU SO MUCH: this recipe has restored my family's faith in my cooking abilities. :]]

Emily @ Bentobloggy.com said...

@ shartzer - woo hoo! I must confess, I made them for a game night party on Saturday too. Big hit!

DGrub said...

Looks appetizing. Now after looking at your baked fish I think i should have baked mine at http://desigrub.com/2010/09/cilantrofic-fish-tacos/ .It will be great if you can look at the fish taco recipe and comment as well

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