tilapia tacos

August 14, 2010 § 6 Comments

I have sat on this recipe for months now because I’m nervous about it, but it was really tasty and it’s time for me to man up and share it with the world. After all, it’s only food. And what kind of ridiculous person gets anxious about food? Oh right, me.

I put myself out of my comfort zone by assembling a proper dinner without a recipe, and it actually was really good! Yay! The problem being, however, that I was so enthusiastic about throwing it together that I’m now a little fuzzy on the quantities. Also, it is probably highly inauthentic and I’m slightly embarrassed to call it tacos, but it involves tortillas and I couldn’t think of a better name, so there you have it.

It was a great dinner though: tilapia tacos, with a spread of mango salsa and guacamole. I love meals where you can assemble your own plate, probably a relic of my early years where I was a ridiculously picky eater and didn’t want any condiments on anything, thank you very much. But now I’ve seen the error of my ways and like to aim for the perfect combination of toppings. Here’s my attempt to reconstruct the recipes, but this worked out so well for me, I have faith that it will be foolproof for you too.

Tilapia Tacos:

    4 tilapia fillets (1 pound)
    2 tbsp olive oil
    Lime juice
    Salt to taste
    4 tortillas

Other delicious things you may want:

    Mango salsa (recipe below)
    Guacamole (recipe below)
    Chopped tomatoes
    Sour cream
    Shredded cabbage

Sprinkle fillets with cumin, lime juice, and salt. Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium high heat (if the fish won’t fit, do this in batches). Sauté fillets on each side until golden, and fish is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Slice fish, and serve with tortillas, salsa, guacamole, and other toppings.

Mango Salsa:

    1 firm-ripe mango, chopped into dice
    2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
    2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
    1/2 jalapeno, seeds discarded and finely chopped (I’m a wuss, you may want more than this)
    Juice of half a lime
    Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste.


    1 avocado
    1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
    2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon jalapeno, seeds discarded, minced
    Line juice to taste
    Salt to taste

Mash avocado in a bowl with a fork. Stir in other ingredients and adjust seasonings to taste. Don’t be shy with the salt!



§ 6 Responses to tilapia tacos

  • Lana says:

    I stumbled across this recipe and your blog this morning, and I couldn’t get these tacos out of my head – I had to make them tonight.

    They turned out delicious! And not too difficult or time-consuming to make. Thank you for making this meal accessible to all of us – it was my first batch of fish tacos ever. =o)

  • Laura says:

    Lana – that’s so great, I’m glad you liked them! Clearly I should make up recipes more often, now that this one has given me courage.

  • Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!
    I recently launched my own blog, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Nupur says:

    I think Melissa had linked your blog at some point. I couldn’t get your pumpkin pie oatmeal out of my head for months so I searched and searched until I found your blog. Sadly, I couldn’t find pumpkin pie filling but I happened upon this recipe and bought all of the ingredients. Very impressive blog! Thanks for sharing your beautiful recipes and food.

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