Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Simple Fish Tacos with Lime Crema



Hey-o! Happy Wednesday!

Guess what friends? I got my car back! Yippee! I'm very excited to have my car back. We picked it up from the evil dealership yesterday morning, and it drove like a champ all the way home. Can't say I'd ever recommend these people, nor will I ever buy a car from them. But the car is retrieved. Hopefully, we can now put this whole ordeal behind us. 

Normally I'd be even more exhilarated to have my car back. However, we are supposed to get another 6-10 inches of snow tonight. Lord, have mercy! It's funny because it rained like a monsoon all night and it finally melted a lot of the snow, leaving patches of grass showing. The dogs were so excited this morning. How sad it's only going to last for today. So, I won't quite be returning to my normal routine of going to the gym a couple times a week, at least not while there's a foot of snow on the ground. 


Now for fish tacos. These are some of the simplest tacos I make, and one of my favorites. It's one of my pantry meals. You know, meals where I always keep the ingredients on hand. I always have salsa, cheese, sour cream, and tortillas on hand. Staples of Jessica's diet! This time, I was lucky enough to have an avocado in the fridge, and some leftover cilantro from making salsa. I usually have fish in the freezer as well, and under cold water, I can defrost a fish fillet in no time flat. The only thing I do to said fish fillet is sprinkle with my homemade Taco Seasoning, and then sear on the stove till it flakes. Warm up your tortillas and set out the toppings, cause you're done! A super easy, fast, and healthy dinner in 30 minutes.


I heart fish tacos. Believe it or not, there was a time this was not true. I remember the very first time I ever heard the term "fish tacos" and I thought it sounded like a joke. Seriously, I thought the person was joking. No one would ever put fish in a taco, right? How disgusting, I thought (keep in mind I was 11 or 12 at the time!). Indeed, this immature mindset and palette kept me from trying fish tacos until I was well into college. I remember trying them for the first time on a Spring Break trip to Los Angeles because my native-to-California friend had ordered them. Even at first bite, I was a goner. Over-the-moon for fish tacos.

I've tried them just about everywhere since that day. I love crunchy fish tacos, but given the choice, I'll take grilled almost every time. 


Someday I may even want to live in Mexico. Definitely not near the border or any drug cartels. Maybe just in a hut on the beach where I can wake up to Huevos Rancheros. Eat a couple of avocados for lunch, with a side of rice and beans. Margaritas and fajitas in the evening. And tequila with everything!

Ok, so I might be getting a little carried away :)


Time to sit back and wait for our next winter storm. Actually, no, not really. I have a doctor's appointment this morning, but the hubby and I are hoping to be back to the house by the time the storm hits at 1. I'm guessing I'll be stuck here at the house for a week after this. Grrrr. Where is spring?? To look at the bright side of things, though-

1. I have my car.
2. Physical therapy is helping my back. I should at least be able to do yoga during this next stretch of cabin fever. 
3. We are stocked on food and water. 
4. The hubby has a couple of days off!

All right friends, I hope y'all have a great day and that you don't get as much snow as we do!


Ingredients (serves 4):

Lime Crema-
1/2 cup mayo
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tbsp milk

Tacos-
2 cod fillets (you can sub any white fish such as tilapia, snapper, roughy, halibut, mahi mahi, etc.)
2 tsp canola oil
8-10 flour tortillas, soft taco size
toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, Homemade Salsa

Directions:

1. Prepare the crema- in a small bowl, combine mayo, lime juice, and milk. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 200┬║. Wrap tortillas in a damp dish towel. Wrap damp dish towel with foil. Place foil package in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Turn oven off, leaving foil package inside until tacos are done. 
3. While tortillas are heating, prepare the tacos- season cod fillets with taco seasoning. Heat oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add fillets. Sear 3-4 minutes on each side, or until fish is done (cook time will vary with thickness of fish). Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Remove from heat, and shred fish with 2 forks. 
4. Serve shredded fish with lime crema, warmed tortillas, and desired toppings. 


Lime Crema recipe by Epicurious
If you liked this recipe, you may enjoy these-







26 comments:

  1. I've never had fish tacos but I hear they're totes awesome :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are totes awesome! I think fish and Mexican spices marry perfectly. You should definitely try your first fish tacos somewhere Keith! :)

      Delete
  2. Thank you for visiting my blog:
    http://inmyprimetime.blogspot.com
    I like your blog and am now following.
    Hope you don't get too much snow!
    Have a good week, Mimi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Mimi! I'm now following you as well! We ended up getting 16 inches, whoa! Safe to say I'll be home for the next couple of days! :) Have a great weekend!

      Delete
  3. YAY! You got the car back!! I was waiting until I got through your posts I missed hoping that it happened.

    Oh and fish tacos... holy moly! LOVE them.
    You can keep the tequila since my unfortunate incident with Patron, but I'll take a drink with rum ... or jack.. or vodka..... lol ;)

    xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Rue! I'm sorry you had an unfortunate incident with Patron. I had my own at age 16...er, 21. Luckily, I've been able to get over it, but I've had incidents with rum that make me avoid it like no other! Those adult beverages can be so much fun in moderation, LOL. Have a great weekend Rue!

      Delete
  4. Your fish tacos look very yummy and so do all those cookies (another post). Visiting from Rue's blog. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Melanie! I can vouch for ALL the cookies, LOL :) I'm following your blog too now! Have a great weekend!

      Delete
  5. Visiting from Rue's beautiful blog and printing this recipe because I have never eaten fish tacos, have been intrigued by them though. Time to try them.

    I'm from Nashville and we watched all the news coverage this morning about so many there in KY stuck on the interstate in their cars for hours. Poor poor people! Makes me afraid to get on the interstate in winter. We have 5" of snow here after the old ice finally melting. It's beautiful but will be oh so dangerous in the morning.

    So nice to meet you!
    Dewena

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Dewena! I hope you enjoy the tacos. If you like fish and you like Mexican, I have a feeling you can't go wrong with these.

      We ended up getting 16 inches of snow! Luckily, we were home all day and didn't get stranded. The people that were stuck on the interstate for 15 hours were closer to Lexington, which is 2 hours west of us. I feel for them. I'm definitely stuck at home for a few days!

      So nice to meet you too Dewena! Have a great weekend!

      Delete
  6. Oh we absolutely love fish tacos - thanks, especially for a Lenten Friday!

    Visiting you from Rue's blog. Your pic there is gorgeous, and your fella and 2 pups are so so cute too.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Michele! Fish tacos are always a hit at our house.

      Thank you for visiting from Rue's blog, you are too kind! And of course, I'm biased, but I too think my little family is cute :)

      I'm following your blog now, and I must say, that tea set you are giving away is adorable! I just love it. Have a great weekend Michele!

      Delete
  7. I've never made fish tacos--yours look delicious!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Michael! I can vouch, they are pretty darn good! )

      Delete
  8. So yummy! love the addition of the lime cream - I am thinking that will give these yummy fish tacos a touch of brightness! Now no need to eat out, I can make my own delish fish tacos!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks guys! I originally started making lime cream for my husband, and he's so crazy about it, he requests it every time we have fish tacos :) A very nice addition! Hope you had a great weekend!

      Delete
  9. I was so skeptical the first time I had fish tacos, but I really do like them now. Still, I've had some that I should have passed on, if you know what I mean! This recipe sounds really good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my gosh, do I ever know what you mean, LOL. Yes, not all fish tacos are created equal! :)

      Delete
  10. These look so so good! Especially with the lime crema!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Maria! I can vouch, they are good! Also, my dad told me yesterday that he and my mom made these exactly as the recipe states, and he said they were amazing. They liked the crema too. Thanks for stopping by Maria! :)

      Delete
  11. Jessica, these really do look wonderful- and I love how quickly they go together. The lime crema is the perfect finishing touch! I have pinned these and will be featuring them this week at Treasure Box Tuesday! Yay! We get started tomorrow evening (Mon, 3/16) at 8 pm Eastern time. Hope to see you soon! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Joy, that's such awesome news to receive! I'm very excited, what a great way to start a Monday! Hope you had a great weekend, see you at Treasure Box Tuesday! :)

      Delete
  12. I love your blog! All your food is beautiful to the eye, probably amazing to taste! Will be following! Would love to try the fish tacos and fajita casserole!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Sadie, welcome! Thank you for the compliments, they really mean a lot! And you picked out 2 of my favorite recipe, fish tacos and fajita casserole! A girl after my own heart :-) Hope you are having an awesome weekend!

      Delete
  13. Are you a food photographer? If mot, you might want to look into it! Your pictures of food are some of the best I've seen! You can just about taste the food just by looking at the picture!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am not a food photographer. The hubby and I have kicked around the idea of starting a photography business, but I'm not quite there yet. But thank you for the compliments, they really did make my day! :-)

      Delete