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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fabulous Fish Tacos

I tried something new for us last night for dinner ~ fish tacos.  Kathy, our daughter-in-law, was talking a while back about how great fish tacos are.  I’m always looking for ways to include more fish in our weekly menus and finally got around to making them for dinner the other night.

Most times, in restaurants and in recipes, the fish is deep fried.  It’s delicious that way, but I thought it was better left to the restaurants.  I sautéed orange roughy filets in the skillet with a little olive oil and the rest is the typical taco thing, except for using mozzarella cheese.  Yes, mozzarella!

Bill and I thought they were delicious!  The concept is so easy and they’re healthy also.  As we were eating them, Bill thought they were missing something and then when we had just finished eating, he said, “Lettuce! We forgot to get the lettuce out!”  I had both shredded cabbage and shredded lettuce in the refrigerator and they’re still in there.  So, be sure to include that in yours!

So Kathy, the next time you and Matt are here for a meal, it will be fish tacos!  Unless it’s breakfast time…

Orange Roughy Fish Tacos


1½ pounds orange roughy or another flaky white fish
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 medium onion, chopped
½ cucumber, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
Shredded cabbage or lettuce
Sport peppers (for mine)
Salsa, your favorite
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 flour tortilla shells
3 hard taco shells


Add oil to skillet and heat.
Add fish filets, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
After fish is sautéed, remove to plate and keep warm.
In same skillet, sprayed with cooking spray, heat tortilla and taco shells.
Assemble tacos however you like.

ENJOY!  They’re delicious!

Visit my friend, Linda’s blog, My Kind of Cooking, for the prize winning recipe at the fair and for a chance to win her great cookbook!


  1. I love fish tacos!!! Fried, blackened, seared, grilled...whatever, they are always good!

  2. I have not tried fish tacos but it sounds delicious.

    Not serving a prepared dish left in the fridge or oven happens. I have done that myself.

  3. I think the smoked paprika was an innovative and wise addition!

  4. I have not yet tried fish tacos, my husband doesn't think they sound good. I am going to try this recipe, I like that it's not deep fried.

  5. Oh I love fish tacos...your recipe sounds amazing!!

  6. I discovered fish tacos this year and am now addicted to fresh!

  7. Have not tried fish tacos, this is a definite must-try. Forgotten a certain ingredient or sometimes a whole dish do happen to me too! There was once or twice when I have forgotten to cook the rice and only realize when it is time for dinner!
    (Being Asian, Rice is a must to go with all the dishes!)

  8. I'm with Jenn (comment above), a good fish taco can be prepared pretty much any way. I recently made some for the first time and will do so again soon.

  9. Pam!! These look so delicious!! My mouth is watering!! I have to try this recipe!! I'm so glad you guys love them as much as I do. They remind me of when Matt and I were in Mexico!! Happy times!! Thank you for posting such an awesome recipe! Miss you!!

  10. These do sound delicious, Pam! I haven't tried making fish tacos at home yet. When I do, I'll try to remember the lettuce ;) Your recipe sounds terrific!

  11. I haven't tried fish tacos yet-my husband just wrinkles up his nose when I mention them. Guess I'll just have to jump in and make them because your's sure look delicious!

  12. Unos tacos estupendos y de pescado. Se ven atutentico. Saludos

  13. Pam-Thanks for stopping by and I am so glad to find and "meet" you. I too read cookbooks the way others read novels :) My adult children adore fish tacos. They are new to me, but I am learning :)

  14. My fiance loves fish tacos, but I was not raised eating fish, and I have very little experience preparing fish, so it makes me nervous but I may have to challenge myself. Yours look delicious!

  15. Ooooh so yummy! I've had a fish taco but I'm dying to try one!
    Looks great!

  16. I am certainly going to try that, never thought about using fish in taco and we both love fish! Diane

  17. My husband loves fish tacos and I've never made them. I should be ashamed of myself. I'll have at get up my nerve and remember the lettuce :)

  18. Forgetting the lettuce just gave us a better view of the other stuff.

  19. I never thought I would like fish taco;s but I sure do..thanks for sharing! :D

  20. Oh I have some smoked paprika, these look so good

  21. Ooooh, I love fish tacos, but I rarely make them. Thanks for the reminder - they look so delicious.

  22. I had fish tacos in a Mexican restaurant last week and they were pretty bland, your recipe sounds like a good one, I was disappointed because I love fish tacos, I'm going to give your recipe a try, thanks for sharing:-)

  23. These look gorgeous. I had fish tacos for the first time a couple of years ago in Maui and absolutely love them. So perfect for summer.

  24. great Blog : ) i am your newest follower CHEERS!!!!
    great dish you made....sounds like something I would do..I always leave something out. OOps.


  25. I LOVE fish tacos, thanks for the recipe!!...Hope you are having a great day, Pam; kisses to Minnie and Moocher!

  26. Sounds delicious. A great summertime - or anytime - dish.

  27. This sounds really yummy! Luv things in the summer that are all mixed up and served in one big rolled up dish like tacos!

  28. For some reason, fish tacos have never been a favorite of mine. I guess I'd eaten tacos with beef or chicken too many years to make the change to fish! Ha!

  29. First time poster, long time reader! =)

    I love fish tacos, I grew up eating them living in Southern California. My favorite way is to use Tilapia, sprinkle with some s&p and a bit of cumin and bake 5 minutes on one side, 5 minutes on the other (@350). I make a yogurt/lemon/cumin sauce and serve it in soft corn tortillas with shredded cabbage. So tasty.

    Thanks for the lovely recipes, I love your blog!

  30. I love fish tacos! I made "shrimp tacos" once and they were really tasty.

  31. These sound so good- a nice change from beef or chicken. Thanks!

  32. These look great Pam. And thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

  33. now that sounds like a great fish to use for the taco's!! I have yet to try fish taco's I have been thinking shrimp might be a good way to ease me into them!

  34. Ohh. These do look and sound really delicious! Such a nice change from regular ones!

  35. Pam,
    I love fish tacos...and I always avoid frying my fish too. They are wonderful...especially with home made corn tortillas! I like Chef Dennis' idea about the shrimp too!

  36. I love to make fish tacos and tend to eat way too many when I do!

    Sadly, I haven't had a good fish taco out at a resturant in a very long time. I get very angry when I pay so much to eat out and the food is horrible.

    I ate my fish taco in San Diego CA in a beach front stand wearing a two piece bathing suit (that was about a hundred years ago)!!! I just about flipped out over the taste. I ate fish tacos until I thought I was going to pop!

    I prefer mine fried but your recipe sounds yummy!

  37. I have never tried fish tacos. If you say they are delicious I believe you. I will bookmark this recipe to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  38. I've never had a fish taco either, but I do love orange roughy and this looks like a great recipe.

  39. I'm so glad you all like the fish tacos! Thanks so much and don't forget the lettuce!

    Jenn, blackened sounds great!

    Kathy, thanks for telling us about them!

    Susan, glad to hear you're another cookbook fan!

    BusyB, welcome and thanks!

    Doitagain, we are big tilapia fans and I will try it your way! Thanks!

    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum and Chef Dennis: making them with shrimp sounds great. Thanks for the idea!

    Rebecka, funny story! It sounds like they hit the west coast long before they were here.

  40. I've never had fish tacos but I hear they are wonderful! I love your picture!!

  41. Oh these look fantastic! I might have to get some fish this weekend =D


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