Main Dishes

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Crema

Fish tacos are one of my favorite ways to eat seafood. I was never a huge seafood eater as a child (with the exception of clam chowder), but as I started cooking, I started trying to combine different flavors and textures with fish.  And now I am a fan.

These fish tacos are made with cod that is marinated in a lime dressing mixed with lots of aromatic, Mexican spices.  After being lightly pan fried, the fish is placed in a soft tortilla shell and topped with avocado, slaw, and a light chipotle lime crema. Garnished with some cilantro, these tacos are a winner!

Ingredients:

1 lb. cod
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Marinade:
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 2 limes
1 tsp. lime zest
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

Slaw:
2 ½ cups of red cabbage, thinly chopped
½ small onion, very thinly sliced
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper

Chipotle Crema:
¾ cup regular or light sour cream
¼ cup adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. paprika
Salt and pepper

Avocado slices
Cilantro for garnish

Step 1: Cut the cod into strips.  In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the marinade.  Pour it into a ziplock bag or an airtight container and add the cod, turning to coat.  Let marinade in the fridge for a few hours.

Step 2: Put the cabbage and onion in a medium size bowl.  Mix the cilantro, lime juice, honey, and a dash of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over the cabbage and onion.  Toss to combine.  Let rest to allow flavors to combine.

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Step 3: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for chipotle lime crema. Refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the tacos.

Step 4: Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat.  Take the fish out of the marinade and discard the liquid.  Cook the fish on the skillet approximately 5-8 minutes or until cooked through, turning once.

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Step 5: Let the taco assembly begin!  Start with a flour tortilla, then add a little slaw, a few avocado slices, and a dollop of the crema.  Garnish with some fresh cilantro, and bite into that bad boy!

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