Monday, August 8, 2011

Date Night Dinner: Fresh Fish Tacos with Homemade Salsa

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In June's Food Network Magazine there was a recipe for Fish Tacos.  I actually skipped right by them the first time, but, cut out the page for the recipe next to it (Carolina BBQ Chicken).  I was flipping through it last weekend, and saw the fish tacos again, which got my brain working!  They fried the fish, but as you know, we are trying to stay a lot healthier these days.  Also, if I'm going to go through all the expense of buying fresh fish, I want dinner to taste like fish!

Haddock was on sale this week so we substituted that for the original catfish suggestion.  I also made double the salsa because John and I love salsa.  In fact, we finished the double amount with our tacos, so it worked out perfectly.  Since the fish were originally fried, I upped the seasonings on them just to give the dish a little more overall flavor. 

I couldn't get over the fresh taste of the meal!  Also, because the fish weren't being fried, I felt like the dish came together a lot quicker than the 30 minutes Food Network suggested.  I left the fish in filets to sear them easier.  After they were cooked we flaked the filets into large chunks, which is very easy, just using a fork.  It was a perfect summer date night dinner.  YUM!
Fresh Fish Tacos with Homemade Salsa
Serves:  2 (1 pound of fish)
2 tomatoes
1/2 red onion
1/4 cup of cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper (alter to taste)
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 pound haddock filets
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
4 tortillas
1/2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce

Dice the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno.  Mix together in a small bowl with lime juice and set aside.  Meanwhile, season the haddock filets with pepper, lime zest, and salt.  Heat the oil in a large castiron skillet.  Cook the fish until fully cooked through (about 5-8 minutes, depending on thickness), turning once.  Flake the filet into large chunks and portion the fish amongst the four tortillas.  Top with homemade salsa and iceberg lettuce.  Serve immediately.

This is a perfect recipe to celebrate the summer with someone you love (and a big glass of cold white wine, too!). 

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. im a huge fan of doing homeamde salsa and guac for meals like this. Its also great with fajitas:


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