Tacos are the ultimate weeknight meal. They come together quickly, and require very little actual cooking. The protein, vegetables and starch are all accounted for, so there is no need for extra side dishes. And everyone likes them. I have never met someone who doesn’t like tacos.*
These fish tacos take the standard beef-lettuce-salsa-cheese formula and lighten it up, while also adding flavor and spice. It may seem a bit fancy, but still come together in about 30 minutes. Fish filets are ideal for weeknights, since they cook up quickly, and pre-shredded coleslaw is a great time saver. Perfect for your next Taco Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or any day, really.
*I now expect at least a dozen taco hating comments.
- 1 TB chile powder
- 1 TB cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt, plus a bit more for coleslaw
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (give or take based on your spiciness preference
- 2 TB olive oil, divided
- 2 filets white fish, about 12 oz total weight – I have used both halibut and mahi mahi with success
- ½ a head of cabbage, thinly sliced, or ½ a bag of pre-shredded coleslaw
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Handful of cilantro, chopped
- 1/3 cup low fat sour cream
- 1 chipotle pepper, minced
- Juice of 1 lime
- Pinch of sugar
- Corn tortillas, warmed
- Queso fresco and hot sauce, for serving
Preheat oven to 400.
Mix first 6 ingredients (through cayenne) with 1 TB of olive oil to form a paste. Rub the spice paste all over the fish, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to marinate for a few minutes.
While fish marinates, make the coleslaw. Place the cabbage, green onions and cilantro in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, chipotle, lime juice, sugar and a pinch of salt. Taste for spiciness and seasoning, add more chipotle or salt if needed. Combine sour cream mixture with vegetables. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Heat the remaining olive oil in an oven proof sauté pan over medium high heat. Add fish filets; allow to cook about 3 minutes. Flip and put in oven to finish cooking. Cook time will depend on the thickness of the filets; usually about 5-8 minutes. While fish cooks, heat tortillas in a dry pan or in the microwave.
Remove fish when done, and using a fork, flake the fish into bite size pieces in the sauté pan to coat in seasoning.
Assemble the tacos by placing fish, coleslaw, queso fresco and hot sauce on a corn tortilla.