• Gluten Free Fish Tacos

    by Ellen on March 14, 2010 · 13 comments


    “What made you think of Fish Tacos?” my husband inquired when I returned home from the market with a pound of fresh haddock.

    “Dunno,” I said. “Guess I’ve been thinking about ‘em for awhile. You up for it?”

    “Yup. Put me to work. What do we do first?”, he asked.

    After I returned from visiting with some friends in New Hampshire for the weekend, he was happy I was home, happy to be eating a home-cooked meal, and eager (well, maybe that’s a stretch) to make the corn tortillas – his usual job when we’re eating Mexican food at home.

    We both love homemade corn tortillas. They’re a cinch to make and after you take one off the griddle and bite into its’ softness, you’ll never go back to packaged corn tortillas, I promise.

    While he made the tortillas, I got to work on the rest of the meal. First I prepared the marinade for the the halibut. While the fish marinated for 20 minutes, I prepped the toppings for the tortillas – I chopped the red pepper and onion, I opened a jar of Newman’s Mild Salsa, I unscrewed the top of the Tabasco sauce (duh), I chopped the lettuce and the cilantro, I made the Chipotle Mayonnaise, and last but not least, I made the guacamole (use your fave recipe – I always rely on the original Moosewood Cookbook recipe for guacamole – short, sweet, easy to make). By the time I finished all the chopping and prepping, the fish was ready to be grilled per the usual way we make Fish Tacos – on the bbq grill. But we realized that it was raining cats and dogs, so we punted and grilled the fish in a cast iron pan on the stovetop.

    When the fish was cooked, we built our Fish Tacos.

    First we put the grilled halibut in the corn tortilla


    Then we added the guacamole


    Next came the chopped red pepper, chopped onion, and salsa


    Now for the Chipotle Mayonnaise


    And the chopped lettuce


    And the cilantro


    Drum roll, badadadadadada: Fish Tacos!


    Way easy. Really. The hardest part was making the guacamole. And even that wasn’t difficult. Bottom line, a great Sunday night dinner and a great precursor to Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, our Sunday night ritual.

    Fish Tacos

    1 lb. halibut or other flaky white fish
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 lemon, juiced
    1 tbsp chili powder (I used Penzey’s Chicken Taco mix)
    1 jalapeno, chopped
    1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    8 corn tortillas (you can use flour tortillas as well)

    Toppings can include the following though feel free to add your own toppings:
    Tabasco or other hot sauce
    chopped onion or scallions
    chopped red and/or green pepper
    chopped cilantro
    salsa

    Chipotle Mayonnaise
    mayonnaise
    agave syrup
    hot sauce or sauce from a can of chipotle peppers (I make my own) or chipotle chili powder
    ketchup
    pickle relish

    Combine the oil, lemon juice, chili powder, jalapeno and cilantro. Mix well and marinate the fish in this mixture for 20 minutes while you prep the toppings.

    While the fish is cooking, prepare all the toppings and place in bowls on your table.

    For the Chipotle Mayonnaise, I must confess that I don’t measure – it’s a feel and taste sorta thing. Combine ingredients, mix, taste. Done.

    For the tortillas, either use packaged ones or if you or someone else in your family has the time and inclination, make them homemade.

    Remove the fish from the marinade and grill on either an outdoor bbq or in a cast iron pan on your stovetop. When the fish is finished cooking, remove to a serving platter and cut into small pieces.

    To assemble your Fish Taco, fold a tortilla in half. Put some fish on the tortilla and then add the toppings in whatever order you prefer, finishing with a flourish as you toss the cilantro on the very top.

    Click here for printable recipe

    Eat. Yum. Delicious.

    If you could build your own Fish Taco, what would it include?

    { 13 comments… read them below or add one }

    Chris March 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    This looks delicious. And with the Chipotle Mayonnaise? Score! I don't measure a lot on stuff like that either, which makes it hard when you're blogging about it…but oh well! :) trial and error is the fun part.

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    gfe--gluten free easily March 15, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Okay, trying again … just lost that comment. Shorter version. These are absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step photos not only for the tutorial, but more mouth-watering photos. :-)

    Shirley

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    Tasty Eats At Home March 15, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Looks delicious! I love how a cast iron skillet can substitute for the grill in a pinch. I also love how you look like you REALLY load up those tacos – so do I! Definitely need to make fish tacos soon.

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    Gina March 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I love fish tacos! These look great. Thanks for the recipe! And you're right, the gluten-free beer I blogged about last night would go really well with these fish tacos!

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    JustMe March 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    you make your own chipotle peppers? how?!

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    I Am Gluten Free March 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Chris – I'd like to think that I've matured when I can make something without measuring?

    GFE – thank you, as always, for visiting. I've wanted to do the step-by-step photos and finally decided to take the plunge. It was fun!

    Tasty Eats At Home – I would say that my fave pan in the kitchen is my cast iron pan. It is indestructible and cooks like a charm!

    Gina – Now, the next best thing would be to meet somewhere and share a beer with some gluten free fish tacos, don't you think???!!!

    JustMe – yes, I do. I haven't done it in awhile – they last forever in the frig. I make them in a crockpot. I promise to blog about it VERY soon!

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    Alisa March 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Oh geez, I just ate, but your post is making me hungry all over again!

    The chipotle mayo looks like a clincher, yum!

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    Jamie Stern March 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    These look great..the pics made me hungry. I am a big fan of Penzey spices too. Thanks!

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    Martha March 20, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Those look amazing! My family flat out refuses to eat fish tacos, so I only order at restaurants, but yours look so much better than any I've ever had. Maybe I can convert them with your recipe…

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    BubbleTummy March 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Those look great. Everyone keeps talking about fish tacos lately. Must be spring!! Nice light flavours.

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    Kim April 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Yum!!! Great idea!!

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    lisa @ dandysugar April 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    These look so delicious! Nice instructions and I love the mayo.

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    goodnightstars May 31, 2010 at 11:40 am

    oh my gosh. this looks deeeelicious. i'm going to make it one of these days. i want to make every recipe you have on here!

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