This is a dinner which can be put together in about 12 minutes or as long as it takes to cook the fish, which I usually do in the oven. The joy of eating this meal is making up the tacos – stuffing in the fish along with a range of accompaniments which for me has to include jalapeño peppers, guacamole and salsa. For this recipe I also included thinly sliced red cabbage and red onions doused in a light vinaigrette dressing. Sour cream (or yoghourt for a lower fat alternative) is also important of course. You could also add hot and peppery sliced radishes, shredded little gem or iceberg lettuce (for a retro style), mixed chargrilled peppers and grated cheese.
I’ve made fish tacos with different types of fish but it’s ideal for something like basa fillets because they are cheap but on the bland side so really benefit from being spiced up with a mix of cayenne or chilli powder (about one teaspoon for two fillets), half a teaspoon each of cumin and coriander powder. Simply brush a bit of oil on the fish and sprinkle over the spices with some seasoning and bake in foil for 12 minutes. This week I also made tacos with trout but they are also great with salmon, halibut and haddock.
To make the guacamole mash up an avocado (one per two people) with chopped coriander, some generous splashes of tabasco, juice of half a lime, some chopped red onion and salt and pepper. I tend to mash the avocado with a fork as I like it to be a bit rough (if it’s too smooth it looks like baby food).
For the salsa just chop some tomatoes with plenty of chopped fresh coriander, finely chopped red onions, seasoning, a few glugs of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. If you make this in advance and keep it in the fridge make sure it is brought to room temperature in plenty of time before the meal.
Then all you need to do is heat the taco tortillas in a microwave for 20 seconds on high each, and get stuck in. Actually I’ve used the large tortillas as I didn’t have the small tacos to hand. My son said I should call this fish fajitas really. Fair point.
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