Monday's Food: Fish Tacos

Monday, August 3, 2009



I love watching the Food Network. I love nearly everyone on there, and frequently use the recipes of Ina Garten and Giada de Laurentiis. Even though we eat healthy nearly every day of the week, I like to watch Paula Deen just because I remember all of the times Tom and I used to eat at her restaurant, The Lady & Sons, when we lived in Savannah. We used to see Paula and her sons at the restaurant (the old location) and even ate there for Thanksgiving dinner and Mother's Day with my mom. Now those were delicious, mess-free meals!

I love watching Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive Ins & Dives, as well as Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I was recently watching, and Fish Tacos were mentioned on both shows. I've been thinking about them since then and decided to make my own.

I wanted a healthy, unfried version, and found a recipe from 30 Minute Meals (a show I am not fond of, truth be told).

I made the recipe the other day and it was a hit!

It was modified to serve 2 adults and 2 small children.

From the Food Network website:

  • 3 pieces haddock filets (she used halibut; I was out)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 small to medium ripe Haas avocados, pitted and scooped from skins with a large spoon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, eyeball it
  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, eyeball it
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1 heart Romaine lettuce
  • 6 soft (6-inch) flour tortillas (3 for Tom, 1 for me, 1 for each boy, 1 leftover)

Preheat a grill pan or indoor grill to high heat or, prepare outdoor grill. Drizzle halibut with extra-virgin olive oil to keep fish from sticking to the grill pan or grill. Season fish with salt and pepper, to your taste. Roll lime on the counter top to get juices flowing. Also, any under ripe citrus may be placed in a microwave oven for 10 seconds at high setting to induce the juices to flow. Grill fish 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until opaque. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime down over the fish and remove from the grill pan or grill. Flake fish into large chunks with a fork.

While fish is cooking, in a blender or food processor, combine avocado flesh, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, yogurt and salt. Process guacamole sauce until smooth. Remove guacamole sauce to a bowl and stir in diced tomatoes and chopped scallions. Shred lettuce and reserve.

When fish comes off the grill pan or grill, blister and heat soft taco wraps. To assemble, break up fish and pile some of the meat into soft shells and slather with guacamole sauce. Top with shredded lettuce, fold tacos over and eat!


I have now made these twice. Even though I love the smooth yogurt guacamole spread, this is even better with the recipe I posted earlier this summer for Mango Avocado Salad!


I serve this with this refried bean recipe.


Enjoy!



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