Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fish Tacos

Last week Cathy from The Tortefeasor posted an Ellie Krieger recipe for Fish Tacos. The name Fish Taco is just a big turn off to me and I don't know why. I read her post, yes I do read what everyone writes, I don't just look at the pictures; and got really intrigued when Cathy wrote about the Chiptole Cream Sauce she made for the tacos. After I read that you could have stuck a fork in me because I was done and couldn't wait to make these tacos.
Cathy was so right, the Chipotle Cream Sauce could be a dip on it's own. These best part of it is it's made with non-fat yogurt, so you can get busy with this as a dip or sauce and not feel the least bit guilty.
Truth be told, my husband is kind of picky about fish and how it is prepared. He ate three tacos and loved the Chipolte Cream Sauce. I made these tacos in a snap, they were light, healthy, economical and tasted fantastic!
Fish Tacos (adapted from Ellie Krieger) -



2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed line juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound white flaky fish fillet, like tilapia or halibut (3 to 4 filets - we used tilapia)
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 chipotle peppers, in adobo sauce, chopped very fine
8 flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Lime wedges

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour over the fish fillets and let marinate for 20 minutes.

Put the yogurt into a strainer lined with a paper towel and place over a bowl to drain and thicken for 20 minutes.

Remove the fish from the marinade and grill on a preheated grill or nonstick grill pan over a medium-high heat until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Set the fish aside on a plate for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the thickened yogurt, mayonnaise, and chipotle pepper.

Heat the tortillas on the grill or grill pan for 30 seconds on each side OR place the tortillas on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 1 minute.

Flake the fish with a fork. Top each tortilla with 1 tablespoon of the chipotle cream. Top with fish, lettuce, and cilantro and serve with lime wedges.




Tomorrow is the first day of Spring, I want to wish all of you Happy Spring. Daffodils in our front garden.




Bradford Pear trees in bloom at our church parking lot.


Scout's 3rd birthday was Tuesday. Lauren and Scout are playing with Scout's new toy.
The ol' girl is resting after an intense game of tug-o-war.

59 comments:

Bee and Rose said...

I love fish tacos! I love shrimp fajitas too!

Stopping by from SITS to say have a Saucy day!

Susie said...

Gorgeous celebration of spring!!!

Cindy said...

Congrats on being saucy!

Marjie said...

Happy Birthday, Scout! Enjoy your rope toy. Thor says those are the best!

I'm with you on "fish tacos" being a really bad name. Someone should get some better PR for them!

CookingCourtney said...

what cute dogs!! & beautiful flowers
i wish i liked fishh

KayleeVickers said...

It is good to know tomorrow is the first day of Spring, my friend kept saying it was sometime this week but he didn't actually know when...

And yes, fish tacos sound really gross to me as well, but it's good to hear that these and the chipotle sauce turned out well!

NAOmni

TavoLini said...

I'm so glad spring is here!!

I laughed when you said you don't like calling them "fish tacos." I remember the first time I saw that on a menu, I was thrown, too. (and ordered them immediately!)

Yours look really tasty--I've only had fried fish in mine.

JANE said...

You can also substitute cabbage for the lettuce for a Baja style fish taco. I LOVE fish tacos so blees you for posting this!!
Isn't E. Tn. just beautiful in the spring! And don't the dogs just eat it up!!

onlinepastrychef said...

Happy Birthday Scout.

Our Bradford pears are blooming too--wish they smelled better, but they are lovely to look at.

Chipotle cream sounds like a Very Good Plan with just about anything :)

Ronnica said...

I've never had fish tacos, but that looks good!

Pam said...

I love Ellie's recipes - these fish tacos look tasty.

I LOVE spring and am looking forward to the sun shining here in Oregon.

Maria said...

Glad you liked the fish tacos. Lovely spring photos as well!

Netts Nook said...

Katherine I can't wait to try sounds and looks great. I know the feeling I have a hard time with fish tacos also.

gigi said...

Happy Spring!
Pretty pictures and cute daughter and dog :)
Fish Tacos ?????

Debbie said...

I've never had fish tacos and they look so good! I just have to make some soon!

Cheryl said...

Wow I have only eaten fish tacos with fried fish, I am making this ASAP, it looks yummy! p.s. Martha and Scout would be a cute couple!

Greg C said...

I have been searching for a good fish taco recipe. I know I can trust yours to be good.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

I love emily krieger's recipes! they're always so vibrant and healthful and tasty.
yay for spring! and all the new produce that it beckons!

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog, congratulations
regard from Reus Catalonia
thank you

The Blonde Duck said...

Sweet wounded wuffles. I already was planning on making these and you just cemented it for me.

And please, come over for pie. We can grow old and fat together.

Talita said...

I never seen fish tacos. Sounds delicious!

Ashley said...

Yumm!! Love fish tacos!

Congrats on being saucy!!

Elra said...

Katherine those Bradford pear trees are they ornamental, because I think I have the same trees in my driveway, don't know the botanical name, but I know they are ornamental. They are also in full bloom at the moment. Wait, your parking lot? that is huge parking lot you have there.

Oh, don't you love to see your kid playing with the dog, I know I love it so much when my son play with our golden retrievers, I even take lots of photo of them.

Fish taco sounds really delicious, and the chipotle cream is to dye for, seriously!

Happy spring to you and your family, and to scout too.
Cheers,
elra

Joie de vivre said...

What could you call them to get over your aversion to the name? Chipotle Sea tacos? Just a suggestion. That sauce does sound really good.

Ralonda said...

Oh I LOVE fish tacos! Always looking for different ways to fix them... thanks!
Happy B-day to Scout!
Great photo's of Spring!

Mary Ann said...

I love fish tacos more than almost anything and these look so good. I am so glad you tried them. Yum!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMMM....Those fish tacos look so good!!!
You have beautiful dogs!!

thecleanveggie said...

love taco night :)

MaryBeth said...

I have never had a fish taco but I really love tilapia and it really sounds like it would make a great taco.

Sara said...

Your daffodils are beautiful! I love fish tacos, these look great with the addition of chipotle.

Reeni♥ said...

Happy Birthday Scout!!

I have been turned off by fish tacos, too, it just doesn't seem right! But this past week I changed my mind when I saw Natashya's fish tacos(living in the kitchen with puppies) and now yours! I am so convinced I have to make them! The chipotle cream sauce is just divine!!

Happy Spring!

Cathy said...

I am so glad you liked the tacos, Katherine! "Fish tacos" is a turnoff (yet, a source of amusement) to me as well -- we need to rename them. Let's chew on that. I agree that the chipotle cream is amazing. I've since whipped it up a few more times for non-fish tacos, quesedillas, etc, and it has been perfect every time. Your flaked tilapia in corn tortillas looks amazing!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

You definitely had me at chipotle! We are big fish taco fans around here. this one is going on the list to try!

Femin Susan said...

Thanks for sharing!
may god bless you !

Selba said...

Fish and tacos? Wow.. sounds yummy!

Oh... Scout looks so adorable while he's sleeping :)

Happy birthday, Scout! Big boy!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

The tacos look delicious especially with the Chipotle Cream Sauce - great recipe!

Elyse said...

I thought these looked great on Cathy's blog, too! I'm so glad you made them. More confirmation that these tacos are super awesome (especially because they got your husband's approval!). They look delish!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I know I'm going to love the chipotle cream sauce so I'll try these.

I bought a plastic yogurt strainer (actually it was a set of two) years ago and have carried it with us on all of our many moves through the years. I haven't seen anything like it in years. It works great and would be perfect for straining the yogurt in this sauce.
Thanks for the recipe. Also love your flowers and spring.
Sam

Donna-FFW said...

Ive never had fish tacos, but these look so good, I may have to try. Love your spring pictures, cute kiddies! They look so happy!

Natashya said...

It is definitely fish taco week on the net! They look great, and I love your shots of spring!

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Poppin' over from SITS to congratulate you on being saucy! I was turned off by the fish tacos too - but may just have to try them after reading your post.

Love the pics! :D

angie said...

Congrats on your Saucy Blog!

I'm bookmarking this recipe just for the sauce, sounds good!

Bridgett said...

This recipe is fantastic. I think I might make these over the weekend. I love those trees, they are lined along the roads around where I live. The tiny petals are all swirling in the wind right now. Pretty, but not good on the allergies!

Jennifer said...

One of my favorite things to do for entertaining casually is a fish taco bar!

Andrea said...

I've never had Fish Tacos...but that's about to change now! :) Happy Birthday, Scout! And Happy Spring to you too!!! :)

Not Another Omnivore said...

We should definitely meet for lunch or something before I head out. We can set a date in the near future!

NAOmni

Pam said...

I love fish tacos! And these sound awesome!

Femin Susan said...

I love those fish tacos.beautiful flowers those are.in stead of spring we are having hot hot days.
have a great weekend.....

Juls said...

I've never tried fish tacos, but they look super good. Congrats on your saucy blog, I was saucy too this week...and am just now getting by to tell everyone congrats! It's so fun!

Debbie said...

I really think if they had a different name, I'd like them!

Anne said...

I don't eat fish, but I might have to make that sauce as a dip - it sounds great! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

Priscilla said...

Those fish tacos look sooo good! And those trees at your church look so pretty. happy spring to you too Katherine!

ScrappinAway said...

Found you by way of SITS. I love your blog and all the yummy recipes! I am signing up to be a follower. I am originally from Knoxville, but my hubby and I live in VA now.

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

The tacos look yummy!

Congratulations on being saucy!!

Megan said...

The thought of fish tacos use to turn me off too till I tried them last summer. That chipotle cream is catching my eye. Looks great!

MaryBeth said...

Please stop over for a visit, I have an award for you.

jenjen said...

I love fish tacos! I get them whenever I go out to a Mexican restaurant. I have never made them at home though, I guess I am too afraid. That recipe sounds wonderful. And the chiopotle cream sauce - yummy!

XOXO
Jen

melissa said...

I adore fish tacos. They're seriously one of my favorite foods, but living in Southern California means I get some darn good ones. Glad you gave this recipe a try as well and enjoyed it!

Love the passed out doggie too. :)

Mrs4444 said...

This really looks good! It just might cure my bad attitude about the mere thought of fish tacos!