There is no time to waste. I can wax poetic about how I’ve never had fish tacos this tasty, even at the best fish taco restaurants. But I will not! Because the fact is they are, and you must go make them this instant.
Adapted from Food and Wine: (naturally)
Fish Tacos with spicy tomatillo salsa
does not contain: dairy, soy, gluten, sugar
4 tomatillos—husked and chopped
handful of cilantro
1-2 small jalapeños, chopped (amount dependent on desired spice)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
salt to taste
Dump all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend to a chunky consistency. Set aside.
2 tablespoons olive oil
handful of cilantro
2 minced garlic cloves
1 pound mahi mahi*
corn tortillas (homemade are to DIE for. thanks mexican boyfriend!)
garnishes: chopped avocado, red onion, cucumber
*I’ve had a lot of fish tacos in my day and I’ve found mahi to be the best. It’s got a super meaty texture that adds great density to this dish.
First, combine the first 5 ingredients and let marinate in a dish in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. I like to do at least 2 hours. Make sure you turn it every now and then so it gets evenly coated.
Heat a grill pan on high heat. Season the fish with salt and place in the pan, turning once, until it is white throughout – 6-8 minutes. Transfer the fish to a plate and shred with a fork, eating a few bites here and there to make sure it’s cooked through (it will be – this is just to fool everyone and get extra bites for yourself).
Serve with warm corn tortillas, heaping bowls of garnish, the tomatillo salsa, extra lime slices, and an ice cold Mexican beer. Unless you’re GF, then you have to go with a margarita. Slip into a food coma of ecstasy, and write me a thank you note tomorrow.
This is a go to recipe for us when we want something quick and tasty, and. it. never. disappoints.
Tip: homemade corn tortillas vs. store bought are as different as night and day. DO NOT BUY THEM AT THE STORE. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you’ve never made your own tortillas, don’t be intimidated – it’s easy! Most supermarkets sell masa in the baking aisle. Bonus if you can find a cheap tortilla press – they are a total time saver. We got ours at Fiesta. Then, you just add water, mix the dough, press into tortillas and heat in a pan. Voila! Taste explosion of happiness.
If you want, you can make a bunch of tortillas at once then pop the leftovers in the fridge for next time!