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Before and After Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Avocado Crema


These fish tacos, served up with marinated cabbage, mango salsa and avocado crema were as good tasting as they are looking, BUT getting them to look pretty for the camera was a whole other ball game.

My first attempt ย to get the tortillas to hug the filling, by propping it up with sliced bananas, just didn’t work. Go figure.

Before photo with brilliantly place banana slices to “prop” up the tortilla sides.

And that scrawny taco you see there needed some heft, wouldn’t you say? So, we filled and filled those tacos, squeezed a couple of ’em together for some good ol’ tortilla hugs and added the bowl of salsa to bolster the other side.

Then there was some artificial photo light involved (a birthday gift!), a few white cardboard thingies to bounce light off of and some extra, freshly snipped cilantro was added. I actually had to thin out my crema with lemon juice just for this shot… for drizzling over the tacos.

But all of these shenanigans don’t mean a THING, unless these fish tacos were really worth their salt. And oh my, if there were ever fish tacos worth their salt, it was these babies.

The beautiful wild cod got to just rest in between layers of chopped onions, garlic and cilantro while bathing in the tangy juices of lime, lemon and orange.

After the cod had its good hour soak or so (flipping once in between), it was grilled to perfection…thanks to my hubby. Then the bling was added; mango salsa, lime marinated cabbage and avocado crema were all invited to this party.

And quite a party it was…perhaps because we started with a margarita? ๐Ÿ™‚

Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Avocado Crema

Taken from Epicuriousย 
2 cups chopped white onion, divided
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/4 cup olive oil
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 pound tilapia, striped bass, or sturgeon fillets
Coarse kosher salt
Corn or flour tortillas
1/2 small head of red cabbage, cored, thinly sliced
Lime wedges

Mango Salsa, S$C’s own recipe
2 mangoes, peeled and diced
1/2 of a red pepper, finely diced
juice of one lime
2 T. chopped cilantro
1/2-1 ย a jalapeno pepper, very finely diced (I didn’t use any, my family doesn’t love it spicy)

Avocado Crema, S&C’s own recipe
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1/4 c. nonfat Greek Yogurt or sour cream
2 T. lemon juice
2 t. diced roasted chili peppers (canned is fine)
salt and pepper to taste

For the Tacos: Stir 1 cup onion, 1/4 cup cilantro, oil, 3 tablespoons lime juice, orange juice, garlic, and oregano in medium bowl. Sprinkle fish with coarse salt and pepper. Spread half of onion mixture over bottom of 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Arrange fish atop onion mixture. Spoon remaining onion mixture over fish. Refrigerate. Marinate sliced cabbage in the juice of one lime, salt and pepper it very lightly.

After 30 minutes, turn fish; cover and chill 30 minutes longer. While fish is chillin’ make the salsa and crema.

For the Salsa: Mix together the chopped mango, peppers, cilantro and jalapeno. Squeeze lime juice over the top, stir.

For the crema: In a blender or food processor, pulverize avocado. Add lemon juice, roasted chili peppers, salt and pepper. Turn on blender smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. Salt and pepper should be to taste.

To Grill the fish: Brush grill grate with oil or we prefer to use a little foil on the grill; prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill fish with some marinade still clinging until just opaque in center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Grill tortillas until slightly charred, about 10 seconds per side.

Coarsely chop fish; place on platter. Serve with mango salsa and avocado crema, tortillas, remaining 1 cup chopped onion, remaining 1/2 cup cilantro….and a margarita if you ask me.

64 thoughts on “Before and After Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Avocado Crema

  1. Too funny, we just had a fish taco night too. Love those. These look amazing to me and the photos turned out great.

  2. You are absolutely right, none of us has it ALL together.. but all of us work damn hard to LOOK together.. esp in target! laughter! c

  3. Ohhh… mango salsa, yum! Give me some please! ๐Ÿ™‚ I made some mango salsa last year using Rick Bayless’ recipe. I love the “banana prop”.

  4. These sound delicious, Geni. (and they look about 100x better than any tacos I have ever photographed!)

  5. This is one of Hubs’ specialties – also with mango salsa and avocado crema! I can vouch that this is one tasty meal! And I am very impressed with your ‘food styling’ (see I can make sliced bananas sound fancy ๐Ÿ˜‰ )… I’ve tried taking good pics of taco before and it’s just plain hard, so I say good for you for making it look easy, even if it took a little work.

  6. This fish sounds delicious in its own right — not that making a taco with it is a bad idea, especially when your mango salsa is included. YUM!

    • The cod did turn out really good actually. I had not tried that “Marinating” method before the epicurious recipe. I have baked fish with onions, but not marinated it. I do believe it lent some flavor to the fish.

  7. I am so happy you posted this recipe. I am going to host a tex mex gathering this weekend and this would be a perfect addition.

  8. I think we all do a little bit of photoshopping every once in a while…can’t help it. But you’re not really altering the tacos in any way, just helping them stand up so we can fully appreciate them. No shame in that!

  9. WOW! Creative lady in the kitchen! Yes, they all seem so delicious, made me hungry now ๐Ÿ™‚ But but but dear Geni, your photographs are amazing, especially number 3 hit me. It can be a wonderful painting… Thank you, with my love, nia

  10. They look fantastic! Definitely making these, I love fish taco’s!

  11. O.M.G. I need to make these RIGHT AWAY! They look amazing! I had the same problem with Carnitas! I used lime halves behind the tortilla to prop it up a bit!

  12. I love the bananas!!! You crack me up. I love me a fish taco, and these look amazing!

  13. I woke up missing San Diego, read your post and decided to make these for dinner. I didn’t have avocado unfortunately, they’re like hand grenades here at the moment, but the rest of the recipe was spot on and delicious. Next time, I’ll add margaritas too. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Mmmmm! Fish tacos. I don’t have a recipe for out of this world fish tacos, so I’m glad you posted this. And love the creative use of bananas Geni! LOL!

  15. Beautiful recipe and beautiful photos!!

  16. I would like this for lunch and repeated for dinner please.
    I think your photos are just perfect.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy

  17. I think your tacos look magnificent. Had you not shared your trials in shooting them, no one would have guessed…and I can just imagine how delicious they are, too!

  18. Mmmmm these look delicious!

  19. I love the colors in these tacos! And that banana trick made me giggle…where did you come up with that idea? It was definitely a valiant attempt, even if it didn’t work out very well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  21. Greg sent me to check you out.. I’m behind in reading blogs and sifting through! As he said, we are on the same Foodlength today! I love yours.. they are definitely more gourmet and soo healthy! I love the mango and avocado crema is awesome!

  22. What gorgeous photos, Geni. And when did you get the artificial light? You can’t even tell that “artificial light” was used – all these photos look like they’ve been taken in natural light. Well done!

  23. Yes! I’m making these tonight!

  24. I love me some fish tacos! Great pics to Geni…I find shooting tacos rather tricky. Enjoy your weekend!

  25. I know what you mean in composing this shot. Anyways the result was phenomenal, just look at that first photo, I love it

  26. I have to say, that artifical light does wonders doesn’t it? I’m stil either getting up early like a sucker, or hanging out in the afternoon for good light to try and make my baked goods look half decent. But I did laugh at your attempt with bananas…oh we’ve all been there. Love this dish, I really want to attempt to make for a dinner party. I love things that go in the oven once people arrive.

    • Oh, how embarrassing. That’s what happens when you look at the pictures and don’t read the directions. I really like the idea of putting them in the oven enchilada style too. Reckon it would work?

  27. I am not a seafood person, but I think this marinade will transform the fish into something really interesting and yummy

  28. So, I’ve never had fish tacos before because I’m not a fan of fish, but these look SO good. And I love the sound of that avocado crema .

  29. OK- that’s so funny- I’m about to do a post tonight on veggie fajitas and was just wondering the SAME thing about propping up my tortillas for the photos. Ha! Bananas! Would have been something I would do. I can see that the dish of salsa worked just a bit better! Thanks for the recipe- will have to try this one next time.

  30. nothing beats a great fish taco and i love the flavors you used. I could stuff that fish in my mouth tortilla or no tortilla!

  31. Great looking fish taco’s! I love the basic marinade, I could eat this a few nights aweek, so healthy! Love this recipe!

  32. This looks crazy good. Cannot wait to try it!

  33. This sounds and looks fab. Just wondering, do you think there could be a vegetarian substitute for fish?

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