Grilled Fish Tacos + Cookbook Giveaway

I am an unapologetic taco lover. Love, love, love them. Always have since I was a kid. But here’s the thing – I’ve only ever had the traditional ground beef tacos. I’ve heard rave reviews of fish tacos and have been wanting to try them for some time, but obviously have fallen short. Until now. See, part of the thing is that I’m not a huge fish person. Shrimp, salmon, crab, sushi, all good. Also, cannot forget battered cod sandwiches, those are killer. And they should be in abundance soon with Lent right around the corner! But all those other types of fish? Trout, bass, snapper, etc? Meh, never appealed to me. Well, let me tell you. I am officially converted because this is, hands-down, one of the best meals I have made in a long, long time.

You can use red snapper or striped bass for this recipe. You rub down the fish fillet with a spicy herb mixture, let it marinade for a short time, and then grill it over high heat. Since there is still snow on the ground here, I used an indoor grill and had great results. Serving suggestions include shredded green cabbage, avocado, hot sauce, sour cream, pickled vegetables and some fresh lime juice. You can of course top them with whatever you’d like, but this combination of flavors is positively suburb. The fish is really mild and has a great smoky flavor from the rub; pair that with cabbage that’s a little salty, creamy avocado, tart pickled vegetables, a dash of hot sauce and cool sour cream and you have a seriously amazing taste buds dance party.

Back at the beginning of the year when I shared some of my favorite healthier recipes from the site, I also put a list of bestselling healthy cookbooks on the sidebar. Well, the editors at Whole Living saw that I had their book, Power Foods, on the list and asked if I’d like to check out a copy. I said sure, and have since really fallen in love with the book. Not only are there tons of great (healthy) recipes like this one, but they also go through 38 “power foods” that are great to include in your diet.

While it probably appears that I subsist primarily on butter, sugar and chocolate (with a side of cream cheese), that actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. I strive to eat mostly clean (nothing processed) meals the majority of the time – whole grains, fruits, vegetables (this is the hardest for me!), very little sugar, etc. So when the time comes to have a sweet treat I allow myself the indulgence, and then share the love with others. And since watching Food, Inc. a few months ago, I have been eating significantly less meat and poultry, so meal options like this one are great to have in my repertoire.

Since I loved this book so much, I want to share a copy of it with one of you! Details below on how to enter to win…

How to Enter

To enter to win a copy of the cookbook Power Foods, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite healthy eating tip.

You can receive up to four additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by either RSS or email. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

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3. Tweet the following about the giveaway: “RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of Power Foods: http://bit.ly/gJbHWs”. Come back and let me know you’ve Tweeted in an additional comment.

4. Become a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment.

Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using and emailed. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: The cookbook is provided by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to commenter #24, Mariah!

Mariah won her chocolate by liking Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook: “Following you on Facebook too!”

And if you are curious, Mariah’s healthy eating tip: “My favorite healthy eating tip is substituting plain yogurt for mayonnaise in chicken or tuna salad. It tastes the same and is lower in fat than mayo =)”

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Grilled Fish Tacos

Yield: Makes 12 tacos

Prep Time: 20 minutes (active), 30 minutes to 2 hours (inactive)

Cook Time: 8 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Tacos:
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
Coarse salt
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish
2 pounds skin-on striped bass or red snapper fillets
5 cups shredded green cabbage (½ head)
Neutral-tasting oil, such as canola or safflower, for grill
12 corn tortillas
Lime wedges, avocado, sour cream, and hot sauce, for serving
Quick Pickled Vegetables, for serving (optional, below)

For the Quick Pickled Vegetables:
2½ cups apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons coarse salt
3 cups cold water
4 carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally ¼ inch thick
2 small red onions, halved and sliced into ¾-inch wedges
4 jalapeño chiles, quartered lengthwise; ribs and seeds removed

Directions:

1. To make the Quick Pickled Vegetables: Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan with the water; bring to a boil over high heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Add carrots, onions, and jalapeños, and reduce heat to medium-high. Simmer until carrots are just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour into a bowl; let cool completely before covering and refrigerating. (Pickles will keep up to 2 weeks. Recipe makes 1 quart.)

2. Stir together cumin, oregano, chili powder, and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix in the olive oil and cilantro. Use a sharp knife to make shallow slits about 1½ inches apart into the fish skin; transfer to a large dish and rub both sides with spice mixture. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

3. Toss together cabbage and 1½ teaspoons salt in a medium bowl. Let sit 30 minutes.

4. Heat grill (or grill pan) to high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 2 to 3 seconds); lightly oil grates. Place fish, skin side up, on grill. Cook, without moving fish, until opaque throughout, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip, using two spatulas if necessary. Cook until fish flakes slightly when pressed in the center, 5 to 7 minutes more.

5. Transfer fish to a serving platter; let cool slightly, then shred with a fork into bite-size pieces. Garnish platter with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs. Serve warm or at room temperature (within 1 hour). Allow guests to assemble their own tacos, layering fish with cabbage, avocado, sour cream, hot sauce, pickled vegetables, and other toppings, as desired.

(Recipe reprinted from the book Power Foods by the editors of Whole Living magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.)

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692 Responses to “Grilled Fish Tacos + Cookbook Giveaway”

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  1. Amanda (Eating Up) on February 28, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I love fish tacos! They’re my favorite kind.

    My healthy eating tip is to add vegetables to everything. I sneak them in to pastas and always try to have a salad or a side of vegetables for dinner. If you don’t like them now, your taste buds will change and you will start to crave them. Especially if you roast them.

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  2. Amy on February 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

    YUM, I live in Norway and fish is in abundance here, so I will definitely try these! I always try and exchange seafood for red meats in meals. In Norway we have a fish ball which is like a meatball but with fish…it’s wonderful!! I eat fish for breakfast and lunch (not ALL the time but a lot of the time) and I never get tired of it!!

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  3. Kelli on February 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

    One thing I do to help my family get more nutrition is to put spinach into our fruit smoothies. The kids even see me put it in there and have no problem with it because it tastes so good! Another thing I’ve done a few times is when making a savory homemade bread, substitute some of the water with assorted veggies pureed with water.

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  4. Amy on February 28, 2011 at 12:47 am

    You asked for an additional comment if we became followers on facebook- I’m there with my apron on!! ;-)

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  5. Abby on February 28, 2011 at 12:48 am

    My favourite healthy eating tip is to simply eat everything in moderation.

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  6. Abby on February 28, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I’m following you on twitter @bethesurrealist.

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  7. Lindsay Tjarks on February 28, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Great giveaway! My tip is to roast veggies. I don’t know why, but I will eat ANY veggie that has been roasted. It tastes like candy. :)

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  8. Lindsay Tjarks on February 28, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I follow via RSS feed! I adore my google reader!

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  9. Jill on February 28, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I love roasting vegetables and changing up the taste by changing the spices!

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  10. notyet100 on February 28, 2011 at 1:17 am

    ummm,..this looks so delicious,.
    healthy eating tip is to eat balanced diet,and this should start with the breakfast,breakfast should not be missed at any cost,..

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  11. notyet100 on February 28, 2011 at 1:18 am

    i am following u through google reader since aa long time,..;-)

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  12. Pat on February 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I have decided that the healthiest way to eat is to eat a little of everything there is. I have gotten so tired of don’ts and do’s over the years that I just do some of all of it.

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  13. Pat on February 28, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I follow you by RSS feed on Google Reader..

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  14. Pat on February 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I also have you on Facebook. It’s like you are everywhere I go.

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  15. Cathy on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 am

    My favorite healthy tip is to always eat a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast (breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!) and to not skip any meals.

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  16. Sherry on February 28, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Hmmm.. my tip would be eat unrefined foods and full fat butters, creams, and milks. They’re actually good for you!

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  17. Sherry on February 28, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

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  18. Sherry on February 28, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I follow you!

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  19. Sarah R. on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Hello! I am not a seafood gal at all, but I eat chicken tacos like this all of the time! (A bonus of living in Arizona…GREAT tacos are everywhere!!)

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to keep it simple. Steamed veggies with nothing on them, grilled or baked chicken with spices and not sauces, and lots of salads! My favorite dressing on any salad is just olive oil and lemon juice.

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  20. Lou on February 28, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Eat several small meals instead of a few large ones.

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  21. Meryl on February 28, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Eat a little of everything – moderation is the key.

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  22. Mariah on February 28, 2011 at 3:59 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is substituting plain yogurt for mayonnaise in chicken or tuna salad. It tastes the same and is lower in fat than mayo =)

    Reply

  23. Mariah on February 28, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Following you on Twitter (@mariah_)

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  24. Mariah on February 28, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Following you on Facebook too!

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  25. Mariah on February 28, 2011 at 4:01 am

    And following you on RSS.

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  26. Andrea M on February 28, 2011 at 4:51 am

    My favorite things about eating healthy are the endless possibilities of substitutions in order to make it a little better for you and still taste delicious :)

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  27. Rebecca on February 28, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I am following you through RSS feed.

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  28. Rebecca on February 28, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I am following you on twitter

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  29. Rebecca on February 28, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Tweeted about the contest :)

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  30. Rebecca on February 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

    And a fan on facebook.

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  31. Blog is the New Black on February 28, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I follow you in a reader!

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  32. Blog is the New Black on February 28, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  33. Blog is the New Black on February 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

    And I like you on FB, obvi! :)

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  34. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on February 28, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for the great fish taco recipe! Yum!
    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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  35. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on February 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I am a fan of yours on Facebook too!

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  36. Andrea on February 28, 2011 at 5:28 am

    -Try eating with your left hand (if right handed, vice versa)
    -Use apple sauce, pureed pumpkin, baby food, other pureed fruit, or fat free yogurt in place of butter or oil in baked goods.
    -Try PB2 (powdered peanut butter) or Whey Crisps (whey protein for baking/cooking) for low fat and healthy additions to your meals
    -Add protein powder to sugar free pudding for added protein intake and to help with your sweet tooth

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  37. Andrea on February 28, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I’m a fan on facebook

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  38. Lori H on February 28, 2011 at 5:40 am

    My favorite Healthy Cooking tip is to saute veggies in Balsamic Vinegar instead of heavy oil for a light and healthy flavor.

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  39. Ashleigh on February 28, 2011 at 6:01 am

    My healthy tip is to roast veggies! Sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower…the sky is the limit. I love them all!

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  40. Ashleigh on February 28, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook. :)

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  41. Hezzi-D on February 28, 2011 at 6:12 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to substitute plain yogurt or applesauce for half the fat in most of my baking. It really cuts down on the fat. I also try to include a vegetable in every meal.

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  42. Marilyn on February 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Including protein (like peanut butter, nuts, eggs, etc.) in my breakfast and snacks really keeps me full longer, so I’m less inclined to engage in random, thoughtless noshing. :-)

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  43. Happy When Not Hungry on February 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Your fish tacos look amazing!!

    My favorite healthy eating tip is portion control and everything in moderation!

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  44. Marilyn on February 28, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I follow you via Google Reader.

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  45. Lynn on February 28, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I make sure that at each meal, at least 50% of what I eat is vegetables or fruit.
    I also like the Cooks Illustrated technique of toasting panko with a little olive oil to use as a crispy coating on foods instead of frying the food.

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  46. Lynn Brown on February 28, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! My healthy eating tip is to sneak in veggies and eat everything in moderation!

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  47. Terry on February 28, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Hi! I just re-tweeted about the cookbook giveaway – @cookstour

    BTW: like you, I wasn’t much of a fish fan until a few years ago; and when I was in Mexico at Loreto Bay two years ago, I had fresh fish tacos every day for lunch – they were incredible!

    Thanks!

    Terry

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  48. Shauna in Texas on February 28, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Healthy eating tip: Think about the food you’re eating. If the only nutrition you’re getting out of it is calories, then find something else to eat–knowing that antioxidants come from blueberries and that vitamin C comes from carrots makes me so much more likely to eat (and enjoy!) them.

    And in reference to baking: You get calories and happiness. Eat up.

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  49. Lori on February 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I’ve been making my own yogurt and substitute it for mayo wherever I can.

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  50. MonicaB on February 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I’ve been trying to get more fish in my diet, so I’ll have to try these.

    My health tip…Eat what God grew, not what man made. It you must buy something in a box it should not have more then 4-5 ingredients, and those ingredients should be ones you can find in nature.

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