Friday, May 31, 2013

Foodie Fridays: Homemade Fish Tacos

Always a crowd-pleaser
Every family needs a go-to meal. You know, that one meal that makes everyone smile when they know it’s on the evening’s menu. Thankfully, my family enjoys a wide variety of cuisines, and putting together a crowd-pleasing dinner seldom presents a challenge. However, there is one meal that elicits a universal response of, “excellent!”, when mentioned: fish tacos.

My dear friend, Charlotte (it’s my blog so I get to give shout-outs whenever I choose), makes amazing fish tacos and last summer, while vacationing in Gulf Shores together, I convinced her to teach me her great culinary “secret”. Turns out, they are easier to prepare than I thought and have now become a family staple. Since I’ve received several requests for the recipe, I thought I’d share it here with all of you. Keep in mind that I seldom measure ingredients, so the following measurements are estimates – feel free to tweak as needed.

Bon appétit!

Fish Tacos (serves 6)

 6-7 Tilapia filets
2-3 Tablespoons Heavenly Olive Oils Persian Lime olive oil
2-3 Tablespoons Heavenly Olive Oils Coconut vinegar
1 Cup prepared Fish Fry seasoning
1-2 Tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
Fresh lime juice
Corn tortillas
Avocado sauce (recipe included)
Black bean and corn salsa (recipe included)
Cheese, sour cream, and/or salsa for garnish

If using frozen fish filets, thaw in cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Marinate filets in olive oil and vinegar in large Dutch oven for 20-30 minutes. After filets have marinated, turn burner to medium-low setting and cook, covered, until fish begins to flake apart – about 10-15 minutes (be sure and cover fish while cooking to trap liquids and keep fish moist). Meanwhile, combine Fish Fry and Old Bay. When fish flakes apart, stir in seasoning mix until fish is well-coated. Turn off heat and squeeze fresh lime juice over fish. Serve in warmed corn tortillas with avocado sauce, black bean and corn salsa, and other garnishes to taste.


Avocado Sauce

1 Avocado
1/4-1/2 Cup sour cream
Juice from one lime
1-2 Teaspoons Adobo seasoning

Peel and chop avocado. Place avocado, sour cream, lime juice, and Adobo seasoning in blender (I use my Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth. Scoop out into bowl and use as garnish for tacos.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

1 Can black beans
1 Can sweet corn
¼ Cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, crushed
Adobo seasoning
Juice from one lime

Drain and rinse beans and corn and put in a medium bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Do you have picky eaters in your house? If so, what is one meal you serve that makes everyone happy? Do you have a go-to meal for your family? Have you ever made fish tacos?

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