Fish Tacos

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Fish TacosHave you heard of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos?  It’s a fast food chain with locations in Hawaii, California, Colorado and Texas boasting an eclectic Mexican/Brazilian/Asian menu with a surfer-dude vibe.  Ben fell in love with the place during his college years and kept telling me about it.  Once we moved to California together, he finally wouldn’t let me go another day without trying it out.

Now, let me just tell you… Whenever Ben mentioned this restaurant, before I tried it, I would practically gag at the thought of fish tacos.  He quickly explained to me that even though fish tacos is in the title, they have many other items on their menu.   He doesn’t even order fish tacos there.  So, I grudgingly gave in and joined him one day at Wahoo’s, ordered the Kalua Pig Bowl and devoured my meal.  It was so good.

The next time we went, I decided to get over my distaste for fish tacos and actually gave them a whirl.  Well, to be honest with you, I wasn’t all that courageous.  I still ordered the Kalua Pig Bowl for me, and then the fish tacos for Judah off the kids menu.  I figured that this way I knew I would have a meal I would like, and could taste Judah’s fish tacos.  I loved them.

So I set out to find a recipe to start making fish tacos at home.  I found one by Bobby Flay.  Although he obviously grills his fish, I use a skillet on the stove-top since they take just minutes to cook.  Even with the 20 minute marinade, these are a delicious and fast weeknight meal!

On another note, yesterday I chose the winner of the Peeled Snacks giveaway.  I know I told you I would post the winner yesterday, too, but in light of the historic events, I thought it would be a little tacky to post the winner on such a somber day.  It was fun to read your answers and be reminded of some of my favorite after-school snacks like Dunkaroos, apples and peanut butter, and graham crackers and chocolate frosting!  Now, without further wait, the winner of the Peeled Snacks giveaway is:

Amanda Glos, who said “I loved having chocolate milk after school. I know it isn’t really food, but that was my favorite!”  Congratulations, Amanda!  Please send me your address via email.

Fish Tacos

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 tacos

    For the Tacos:
  • 1 pound white flaky fish
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • For Garnish (all optional):
  • Shredded white or red cabbage
  • Hot sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced green onion
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salsa

Place fish in a medium size dish. Whisk together the oil, lime juice, chili powder, jalapeno, and cilantro then pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Remove the fish from the marinade and place onto the hot skillet. Grill the fish for 3 minutes then flip and grill an additional 3 minutes.Transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes before flaking the fish with a fork.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave between two damp paper towels. Divide the fish among the tortillas and garnish with any or all of the garnishes.

Source: Slightly adapted from Bobby Flay

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  1. Wow, these look fantastic, Nikki! I love fish tacos and this recipe sounds great! Love the picture too!!

  2. Love Wahoos and love fish tacos (even though I usually order a shrimp burrito there). I still haven’t tried making them at home but this recipe sounds like a winner!!

  3. Fish tacos are one of our favorites. I too, was kind of repulsed by the idea at first…but came around quick, thankfully! These look great.

  4. Ok…I know it is breakfast time, but I want one of those tacos now! Yummy! Fish tacos are one of my favorites, but I have never made them at home. Looks like I need to! 🙂

  5. We don’t have Wahoo’s but we love fish tacos, these look great. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What kind of fish wish did you use?

  7. I love love love Wahoos and now that I’ve been transported to Kentucky fish tacos are not readily available. I’ve attempted another version & it was just so-so. I’m am DEFINITELY going to try these, they look like home! 😀 Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Fish tacos look yummy! Can’t wait to try these. Now what is the recipe for the beans on the side? Those look yummy too! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Sara Bargas says:

    Hello Nikki,

    Have loved viewing and trying some of your recipes! Oh and I love your blog too!
    I’m a big fan of family and get togethers.

    I love fish tacos, but never tried Wahoo’s yet. I’ll get there this summer when I see one. Don’t know if we have one here in Santa Clarita, but I know I’ve seen them around elsewhere.

    The traditional fish used in fish tacos is Talapia. Because it was an inexpensive fish and holds together when BBQ’d.

    I’m looking forward to making your recipe this summer.

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