Grilled Fish Tacos
Recipe from Fine Cooking Books

A grilled fish taco is a beautiful thing to eat. San Diego and points south are where they originated. Although many of the fish tacos in the area are fried, the grilled ones really stand out and are much lighter. Meredith Deeds grew up in San Diego and taught me the ins and outs of the fish taco. These are an adaptation of her mom's recipe.



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Servings: 6 to 8
Yield: Twelve tacos
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Ingredients
    For the lime-cilantro sour cream sauce:
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      1   cup 
      sour cream
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      1/2  cup 
      mayonnaise
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      3   tablespoons 
      minced fresh cilantro
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      Grated zest of 1 lime
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      1   tablespoon 
      fresh lime juice
    For the tacos:
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      2   teaspoons 
      ground ancho chile powder
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      1/2  teaspoon 
      ground cumin
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      3   
      cloves garlic, minced
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      1/2  teaspoon 
      kosher salt
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      1/4  teaspoon 
      freshly ground black pepper
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      2   tablespoons 
      olive oil
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      3   pounds 
      firm-fleshed whitefish fillets (halibut, snapper, mahi-mahi, cod)
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      2   dozen 
      6-inch corn tortillas
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      2 1/2  cups 
      shredded green cabbage
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      2 1/2  cups 
      shredded red cabbage
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      Pico de Gallo
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      4   
      limes, quartered

    Directions
    To make the lime-cilantro sour cream sauce:

    1.
    Combine all the ingredients in a 2-cup measuring cup and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate up to 4 hours until ready to use.
    To make the tacos:

    1.
    In a small bowl, combine the ancho powder, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper and stir to mix. Add the oil and whisk until a loose paste is formed. Rub the fish with the spice paste and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
    2.
    Light a charcoal fire or preheat your gas grill on high. Oil the grill's cooking surface. Let the coals burn down to a medium-hot fire or adjust the gas grill burners to medium-high.
    3.
    Grill the fish until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop.
    4.
    Divide the tortillas into 2 stacks and wrap each in aluminum foil. Place on the grill until heated through, about 5 minutes.
    5.
    In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbage.
    6.
    To assemble the tacos, take 2 tortillas, top it with chunks of fish, a dollop of the sauce, a spoonful of the Pico de Gallo, and some of the cabbage. Squeeze a wedge of lime over the filling, fold the tortillas, and eat.
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