Fantastic Fish Tacos

    6 hours 44 min

    Marinated tilapia fillets are grilled on the barbecue, then served in tortillas with tomatoes, chopped cabbage, coriander and a spicy lime dressing.

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    Serves: 6 

    • For the Marinade
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons distilled malt vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1 teaspoon fish seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce or to taste
    • 450g tilapia fillets, cut into chunks
    • For the Dressing
    • 225ml half fat soured cream
    • 125ml adobo sauce from tinned chipotle chilli peppers
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon fish seasoning
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • For the Toppings
    • 285g tortillas
    • 3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
    • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
    • 1 small head cabbage, cored and finely chopped
    • 2 limes, cut in wedges

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:9min  ›  Extra time:6hr marinating  ›  Ready in:6hr44min 

    1. To make the marinade: Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chilli powder, fish seasoning, black pepper and hot sauce in a bowl until blended. Place the tilapia in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
    2. To make the dressing: Combine the soured cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chilli powder, fish seasoning, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
    3. Preheat a barbecue for high heat and lightly oil cooking grate. Set cooking grate 10cm from the heat.
    4. Remove fish from marinade, drain off any excess and discard marinade. Grill fish, turning once for 9 minutes or until easily flaked with a fork.
    5. To assemble: Place fish in the centre of tortillas with a little of the tomatoes, coriander and cabbage; drizzle with dressing. Roll up tortillas around fillings and garnish with lime wedges.

    Tinned chipotle chilli peppers in adobo sauce

    Can be purchased in Hispanic/Mexican speciality shops or online.

    Alternative cooking methods

    The marinated fish can be also cooked under the grill, in a frying pan or in the oven. Simply adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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    Omg! This marinade is SOOO good!!! The only change I made was due to what I had on hand; no hot pepper sauce, so I subbed crushed red pepper flakes and a little of Emeril's Southwest Seasoning. (The chipotle sour cream was a little tart for me- I think next time I would cut down on the lime juice, or maybe leave it out altogether, but that is just personal preference.) Thanks mabcat!! This definitely stays in rotation! p.s. After looking at a few recipes for fish tacos, I made just the corn salsa from 'Fiery Fish Tacos with Crunchy Corn Salsa', also on this site. It was FANTASTIC with this fish! You could even make the tilapia fillets with the corn salsa on the side (not as tacos) and that would be a wonderful entree.  -  27 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is really good...BUT!!! I would just like to add a word of caution. The first time I made this I accidently bought chipotle peppers in adobo sauce rather than just the adobo sauce. I picked out the peppers and followed the recipe as written and holy cow it was hot! Too hot and I love really spicy food. I ended up adding a lot more sour cream to calm it down. The 2nd time I made it I used the same sauce but strained out the seeds after picking out the pepper and it was perfect. NOT kid friendly due to the spice/heat, but will definitely make again & pass on the recipe to others! Thanks!  -  20 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great Recipe, I followed the suggestion of others and omitted the adobe sauce. I only marinaded the fish for an hour and then I baked it at 350 for 15 minutes in the marinade. For garnish I used diced tomato, onion, cilantro, and shredded cabbage - yummm. For a side dish I made rice with black beans. Can't wait to make this wonderful.  -  25 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)