Thursday, June 12, 2014

Day One-Hundred Twenty-Five - Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa (6.7.14)


  • 1 lb halibut or other meaty white fish fillets
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 can (11 oz) whole tomatillos, drained
  • 4 small zucchinis, peeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 1/2 tsp coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • 8 (6-in) corn tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Place the fish in a medium bowl and drizzle with half of the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Using your hands, squeeze the juice and flesh from the tomatillos, 1 at a time, into a medium bowl; discard the skins. Mash the tomatillos with a fork. Add the zucchini, the remaining lime juice, the cilantro and 2 tsp of the salt and toss.
  3. Spread the tortillas on 2 baking sheets and warm in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cayenne pepper and 1/2 tsp of the salt. Remove the fish from the lime juice, pat dry and cover with the spice rub. 
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook fish, about 4 minutes on each side. Break the fish into bite-size pieces and season to taste with salt. 
  6. Arrange the fish in the tortillas with some of the salsa and avocado slices.

Katie: The tacos turned out good. During the cooking process I got slightly frustrated with the tomatillos as I wasn't able to mash it enough. I had to ask Potter to help a bit with that. Unfortunately, the avocado we had went bad (bad timing for this dinner this week on our part), so we did not enjoy the slices in the tacos; although they weren't a must, I would still recommend ensuring that ingredient is included.

Potter: This was the first time I've ever had fish tacos (I generally just go with beef or chicken) and they were delicious. This is definitely a recipe I want to play with, maybe add some taco seasoning and a bit of spice. Regardless, the balance of the spiced fish and the salsa was delicious, if you don't like salty food I would cut the salt in the salsa in half. If you like fish tacos give this recipe a try, pretty easy and absolutely delicious.