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Grilled Green Fish Tacos

by Aggies Kitchen on May 9, 2013

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick via The Motherhood, I received compensation for recipe development and my time. My recipe was created using McCormick spices, which you would already find in my kitchen.)

Taco night is finally becoming a go-to dinner option in my household. My husband and I have always loved tacos of every kind, but my kids have been a little hit or miss over the years. I think it’s safe to say that each of us is happily on board with taco night as of now – and since Mexican food, especially the taco, is some of the easiest to prepare this mama is oh so happy.
As a matter of fact, my kids just recently proclaimed we should have taco night weekly – I am all over it!

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

Fish tacos are some of my favorite to prepare, especially during grilling season. I love taking a simple white fish and seasoning it up just right with a few spices and fresh lime juice. When McCormick asked me to participate in their Taco Night Fiesta I knew right away that with the beautiful warm weather we were having I had to make fish tacos. For these fish tacos I wanted to try out a new-to-me spice that was sent to me by McCormick, dried diced jalapeno peppers. I was so intrigued when I saw this spice in their collection and I couldn’t wait to try it out. What I love about it is the mild jalapeno flavor it adds, without much of the heat (or fuss) of dealing with fresh jalapenos. It’s a nice way to infuse a little jalapeno flavor into a dish easily and conveniently.

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

I paired up the dried jalapeno with some ground cumin, salt, pepper and oil to marinate over the fish before putting on the grill. Using my fingers, I ground up the dried jalapeno so that it would work into the marinade a little easier, but you could always use a the back of a wooden spoon or a mortar and pestle to grind up too.

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

McCormick challenged me to come up with a 5-ingredient recipe for their fiesta so I kept the base of these fish tacos simple with this flavorful marinade using their spices as well as white corn tortillas and a very important and substantial squeeze of lime to finish them off. The lime truly brightened up the flavors that were cooked up on the fish. I love adding a squeeze of citrus after fish or seafood is cooked as opposed to including it in the marinade so that the acid doesn’t interfere in the pre-cooking process (hello ceviche) and so that the citrus flavor is fresh, lingering and very obvious. Citrus and fish should always be the best of friends in my opinion.

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

The fish and the tortilla are definitely essential to the taco making business. No question about that. But…my favorite part of tacos is always the toppings!

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

And lots of them!! I stuck with a green theme to keep these fish tacos fresh and light (and for a little fun!). Our toppings included shredded green cabbage (you can always use lettuce!), lime, avocado, and of course lots of fresh cilantro. My kids are loving Greek yogurt on everything these days so I had to include that too.

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

My family loved these Grilled Green Fish Tacos, my daughter probably the most. She couldn’t keep her hands off the fish, and pretty much finished it all off taco-less.

Needless to say, this perfectly seasoned grilled fish would be great on its own maybe paired up with some Fresh Corn Salad or Cilantro Rice for a completely different dinner. (I truly love successful family dinners like this one!)

But for now, enjoy these fish tacos instead.

Grilled Green Fish Tacos | Aggie's Kitchen

Grilled Green Fish Tacos

Yield: serves 4-6

A simply seasoned grilled fish can bring taco night to a whole new level. Recipe created with McCormick Diced Jalapeno Peppers and Ground Cumin.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs mild white fish (I used flounder but cod or tilapia would work well)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Diced Jalapeno Peppers (crushed or ground using fingers or mortar and pestle)
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cumin
  • a good pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2-3 fresh limes, quartered
  • white corn tortillas
  • Toppings for serving:
  • shredded cabbage or lettuce
  • sliced avocado
  • fresh cilantro
  • plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • additional lime
  • green hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Place your fish fillets in a large baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, diced jalapeno peppers, ground cumin, salt and pepper. Spoon oil mixture over fish fillets and spread around so that fish are completely covered.
  3. Preheat your grill rack on your grill (or preheat your grill pan if you don't have access to grill). Carefully place your fish on grill and let cook for 3-4 minutes. When you start to see the edges of fish turn white, gently flip and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Your cooking time will be based on the thickness of your fish.
  4. Warm up your tortillas on the grill by cooking for about 1 minute on each side or until lightly charred and bubbly. You'll want to keep an eye on them.
  5. Once your fish comes off the grill, immediately squeeze fresh lime juice over your fish. Serve fish with warm tortillas and plenty of toppings.
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McCormick is also hosting a Pinterest Taco Night Challenge over on their very own Pinterest page. To be entered to win one of 30 assorted spice kits, all you have to do is pin any taco recipe with the hastag #McCormickTacoNight and tag the bloggger (you can do this by including @bloggername in your description). See below for more details – good luck!

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl May 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

This looks so insanely delicious!!! Can you get my husband on board for weekly taco night?? Pretty please?!?!

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Erica May 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

OMGOSH! I’m adding that jalapeno spice to my shopping list for the weekend! Josh will go nuts for that! I’m also sending this recipe to my MIL. You rock Aggie! Hope you and baby are doing well

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Cassie | Bake Your Day May 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

Oh Aggie, these are incredible. No doubt we would LOVE these!

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Tieghan May 9, 2013 at 9:47 am

Looks so good!!! I love tocaos and these look perfect!

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Rachel - A Southern Fairytale May 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

I adore Fish Tacos and these look absolutely delicious, Aggie!

YUM! (I also love McCormick Spices) :-) <3 Happy Thursday!

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Aggies Kitchen May 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Happy Thursday to you too!!

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katie May 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

yum! I love fish tacos! Your recipe looks delish!

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Aggies Kitchen May 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

thanks Katie!!

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Meagan @ A Zesty Bite May 9, 2013 at 11:20 am

I fell in love with fish tacos while I was in college. These look insanely good.

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Aggies Kitchen May 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

You have me thinking when I had my first fish taco and I’m not quite sure! Will have to rack my brain. I’ve had some really good ones!

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Flavia May 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

These look awesome, Aggie! I love that fish tacos are both light, yet still substantial enough for a complete meal. And I agree with you–the toppings are the best part! Great recipe! I need to look for the dried jalapeños!

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Aggies Kitchen May 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Thanks so much Flavia, I hope you can find the dried jalapenos! I have to see if they are in my stores, that jar was sent to me and I have a feeling I will use it up quickly :)

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes May 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

These look LOVELY! So fresh and inspired! I am such a fan of fish tacos like these!

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Aggies Kitchen May 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thanks so much Meagan! :)

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Cookin Canuck May 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Those tacos look fantastic! I would be more than happy to eat fish tacos every night of the week. Light, tasty and piled with avocado…what’s not to love?!

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Aggies Kitchen May 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Thanks Dara – and ME TOO!! :)

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Great taco recipe!

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! May 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I saw the picture you posted on Facebook and had to come over and get the details. I think my family would LOVE these. Definitely going to try them! Fun idea to stick with the ‘green’ theme!

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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) May 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Taco night is one of my families favorites as well – great idea on the green fish tacos Aggie!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles May 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

I vow to eat more fish this summer, love it grilled. These tacos look fabulous!!

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Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen May 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I am so all over this recipe! We love fish tacos. I have not seen the new diced jalapeno spice from McCormick but I’ll be looking for it next time I hit the store. Thanks Aggie!

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Angie May 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

We love fish tacos too! Can’t wait to try these!

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Paula - bell'alimento May 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

We are so in tune. Just made up a batch of fish tacos. Love them!

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Shaina May 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

These have all my favorite things wrapped in a warm tortilla.

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 11, 2013 at 10:37 am

This is my favorite kind of meal, so refreshing and delicious.

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Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs May 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Aggie, these look great! We love fish tacos. Yum!

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

These are MY FAVORITE tacos!! Ever. Seriously! I want to come over for dinner!!

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shelly (cookies and cups) May 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm

We are huge fish taco people in my house! I am SO trying your version!

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Tracey May 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I love the green theme you used for these! Fish tacos are on of my favorite ways to keep taco night a little healthier :)

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Tara @ Unsophisticook May 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I love fish tacos! Just wish my family liked them too. I may have to make a batch to enjoy all by myself. :)

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Nutmeg Nanny May 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Oh my, these look absolutely delicious! I’ve been in a real taco mood lately :)

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Sheila May 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

Can I eat at your house?! I love fish tacos! I have never seen the diced jalepenos in a jar. gunna hafta look fer um ; )

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Feast on the Cheap July 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

obsessed with fish tacos, can’t wait to try these out!

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Lisa LaRocco April 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I love avocadoes in everything, but never thought of them in fish tacos. Yummy–can’t wait to try. Sounds like a spicy taco. For those that don’t like spicy food leave out either the peppers or the hot sauce.

Lisa

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