Easy Fish Tacos
Before we get started talking about these AMAZINGLY Easy Fish Tacos, I’d like to provide a quick little life update!
What a WHIRLWIND the past two months have been! I apologize that it has been SO long since my last food post, but we have had quite a bit going on! Jake and I went to Paris for our one year anniversary at the end of May! It was incredible – seriously, amazing. The food was just – oh my goodness, droolworthy. Rich, creamy cheese – flavorful meat – fluffy yet crisp bread. Take me back!
For more details, you can check out my new post all about our trip!
In other news, I started a new job! I am now working at the The Wendy’s Company (officially called the Wendy’s Restaurant Support Center). I am working in the Operations Finance department and so far it has really been great! Everyone has been so wonderfully nice – and I’m no longer having to travel for work! Which means more time at home with Jake and the pups!
And of, course summer finally arrived! It has been so wonderful spending time out in the sun! Two weeks ago we went up to Massachusetts and Maine to visit both my and Jake’s families – it was an ABSOLUTE blast! Daisy got to go swimming in the lake for the first time and she absolutely loved it. Whenever anyone jumped into the water, both dogs would jump in and swim out as fast as they could – almost as though they needed to save whoever jumped in!
When we threw a ball, both dogs would swim out and grab it at the same time, then they’d swim back both holding the ball in their mouths together! It was adorable.
I love this time of year – there is so much sunshine, opportunities for fun outdoor activities, and of course – amazing food! I can’t wait to explore some fun new recipes w
ith you this sum
mer season – up first, these incredibly Easy Fish Tacos!
I love tacos – they are so fresh and flavorful. You can customize them however you’d like – and the best part, they are super easy to make!
I was inspired to make these Easy Fish Tacos when I was shopping at Trader Joes (surprise surprise) – I happened to be in the frozen food aisle and recalled that their frozen fish is supposed to be very good! Growing up in New England, my family never ate frozen fish. There was just no reason to! Fresh fish was readily available at the store – prices were reasonable – why buy frozen when you can buy fresh?
Well, these days, working full time and living in Columbus things are a little bit different! Sure you can get fresh fish at the store, but when I plan to make fish I prefer to buy it the day of. And working every day can make that challenging! I decided, why not try out frozen fish! Just don’t tell my mama! 🙂
I decided to try out a “simpler” white fish – Tilapia. You can pretty much use any white fish for this recipe – cod, grouper, haddock, halibut, etc. – since they all have a relatively mild flavor, the seasoning will work well!
Speaking of seasoning, I absolutely loved how this seasoning turned out! It is bright and bold, with the PERFECT amount of heat! I cannot wait to try it out with shrimp, chicken and other proteins. I bet it would even taste great on tofu!
The more I experiment with food and different recipes (and watch the food network), the more I realize how amazing the use of citrus can be in different recipes. Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit – even just the smallest amount of citrus can pack a huge punch. The lime in this recipe is the ingredient you never knew you needed! Sure, the tacos will taste good without lime – but they won’t taste GREAT! The lime brings the perfect finishing citrus touch to round out your pallet.
I especially love the lime juice drizzled over the corn and bean salad – it is pheNOM!
Like I mentioned before, this taco recipe is totally versatile! Do you prefer flour tortillas to corn? Go for it! Don’t have any corn or black beans? How about trying a fresh salsa instead? Dress it up, dress it down! This taco is yours to enjoy however you please! ENJOY!
Moist and flavorful, these Easy Fish Tacos are sure to impress!
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb tilapia or similar white fish
- 1 can corn rinsed
- 1 can black beans rinsed
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion diced
- 2-3 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- cayenne pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 cups lettuce, greens, or red cabbage chopped
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
- 1/2 cup cotija cheese optional
- 8 corn or flour tortillas
- 1 lime cut into wedges
In a small bowl, combine all seasonings - stir to combine.
Rinse tilapia fillets in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. If tilapia is frozen, allow to defrost then rinse. Season both sides of each fillet with prepared seasoning.
In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook tilapia in hot oil until fish flakes easily with a fork. About 4-6 minutes per side.
Rinse corn and black beans in a colander. In a medium bowl, add corn, black beans, red pepper,,red onion, cilantro, cumin, salt/pepper, cayenne pepper, and fresh lime juice - stir to combine then set aside.
Rinse all fresh produce and slice as desired, set aside.
If you would like to serve your tortillas warm, heat a skillet over low-medium flame with just a touch of oil. Heat tortillas one at a time for about 30 seconds per side.
Set out tortillas onto a plate or sheet pan for assembly. Add fish, corn and black bean salad, greens, tomatoes,, and cotija cheese (optional). Serve with an additional lime wedge for "spritzing."
Storage: Refrigerate tilapia and bean salad in two separate airtight containers. Store additional ingredients separately for freshness.
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