Fresh fish makes a tasty taco
Tacos, a traditional Mexican dish, are becoming a favorite American sandwich.
I tasted a delicious fish taco recently at a Miami food truck, Que Pinche Taco, and asked the owner, Octavio Miller, how he made them. He told me he only uses the freshest fish and delicately seasons the filets. He also makes everything fresh to order. I've adapted his recipe for home use.
Octavio uses sazon, a type of seasoned salt used in Latin dishes. A simple homemade recipe is to mix 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground coriander and 1 teaspoon annatto (or paprika).
He serves the tacos open. You can eat them as an open-face sandwich or fold them over taco style. Either way, they make a simple, delicious dinner.
To save preparation time, use already-diced fresh tomatoes and onions from the produce department.
Tips: Old Bay seasoning may be substituted for sazon. Any type of white fish can be used — the fresher the better. If you like your salad spicy, add several drops hot pepper sauce to the avocado slices.
3⁄4 pound white fish fillet (tilapia, sole, flounder)
1 tablespoon sazon or Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons lime juice, plus 1 lime as garnish
Olive oil spray
3⁄4 cup diced tomatoes
3⁄4 cup diced onion
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 (6-inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 cup shredded lettuce
Sprinkle both sides of the filet with seasoning and paprika. Squeeze lime juice over the fish. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil.
Sauté fish three minutes. Turn fish over and add the tomatoes and onion to the skillet. Saute four minutes. Fish should be opaque, not translucent. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
While fish cooks, wrap tortillas in paper towel and microwave 30 seconds. (Or wrap them in foil and place in a toaster oven or under a broiler for a minute to warm through.)
Spread mayonnaise over one side of each tortilla. Place shredded lettuce over the mayonnaise and top with fish. Spoon tomatoes and onion on top and fold tacos in half. Cut whole lime into quarters and place two on each plate. Makes two servings.
1⁄2 small, ripe avocado
2 tablespoons reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing
4 cups shredded lettuce
Peel avocado and cut it in half around the stone. Remove the stone and slice the avocado. Place in a bowl and drizzle with dressing.
When tacos are ready, divide lettuce leaves between two dinner plates and place avocado slices and dressing on lettuce. Makes two servings.