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.

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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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  1. Lisa M on February 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I love fish. I love fish tacos. I could eat your pictures of these tacos! I like to grate carrots and sneak them in various sauces, such as marinara.

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  2. Liddy on February 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I tweeted about your Giveaway!

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    I’m a Facebook fan of Brown Eyed Baker! Love your page and site!!!

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  4. Bebe on February 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I subscribe by email, I try and eat as “clean” as possible, always read your ingredients!

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  5. Anissa on February 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I try to incorporate fruits and veggies into all of my meals/snacks each day. I also always eat breakfast. :)

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  6. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on February 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    pack your lunch so you don’t get stuck eating unhealthy food out all the time!

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  7. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on February 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    i subscribe in rss!

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  8. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on February 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    i follow you on twitter!

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  9. jenna laughs on February 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I love this! I try to always have healthy snacks at work – I get in trouble if I don’t eat and I get too hungry – then it gets totally irrational and I eat all the wrong things.

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  10. jenna laughs on February 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Also, I subscribe to your RSS! :)

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  11. Caroline on February 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

    My favorite tip is to make one change in a recipe for the better, either by using leaner fat meat, more veggies, less cheese, lower-fat cheese or something similar. I can’t convince the hubby to go all-out on healthy eating, but I am a big fan of just making small changes to make the meal lighter, while still keeping the heart of it. (Sometimes the hubby can’t even tell!)

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  12. Katie on February 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mmmm, we love some fish tacos!

    My #1 tip is eat breakfast! Every day we start our day with a healthy breakfast no matter what.

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  13. Katrina on February 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to: eat small portions throughout the day!

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  14. Katie on February 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I also like you on facebook :)

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  15. kate@ahealthypassion on February 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

    i’m a subscriber

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  16. Jenn on February 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

    small meals throughout the day

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  17. Jenn on February 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

    subscribed

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  18. d.liff on February 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    My healthy eating tip is to start each week with a trip to the farmer’s market. I let the veggies and fruits I find inspire the week’s meals.

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  19. d.liff on February 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I also follow your RSS feed.

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  20. Kelly B. on February 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to eat breakfast! It is by far my favorite meal of the day!

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  21. Rachel K. on February 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I subscribed via RSS :)

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  22. Lisa T on February 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

    My healthy tip is to use a lunchbox like mine. I have a Mr. Bento lunch jar- it has four containers stacked on top of each other, and it is all contained within a lunch jar. The little containers are giving me the best portion control. I don’t take a HUGE portion of food anymore, just little ones and a variety. A main course, a fruit, yogurt, and a snack of some sort. Awesome.

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  23. Rachel K. on February 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I also am a fan of Brown-eyed Baker on Facebook :)

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  24. carmen on February 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

    my healthy eating tip is a no-brainer – cook more and eat out less! my hubby and i only eat out once a month or so. everything else is home-cooked, made from scratch from my kitchen (even though I work fulltime and am getting my masters degree part-time. time is no excuse!).

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  25. carmen on February 28, 2011 at 9:05 am

    i subscribe to your blog via google reader (RSS). thanks!

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  26. Eva on February 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

    My tip is that you don’t have to deny yourself anything – just eat in moderation.

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  27. Pat R on February 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    My tip: Low fat yogurt for breakfast, a handful of almonds for snacks and fresh vegetables, usually a salad, and a protein for dinner. A cup of tea serves as a filler whenever I feel the need to snack……….and lots of trips to the bathroom!

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  28. Eva on February 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed

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  29. jan Sanderson on February 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    my healthy tip… grill as much as possible!

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  30. Marcy S. on February 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I’m a fan on FB

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  31. jan Sanderson on February 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m a subscriber by email… and LOVIN!

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  32. Rebecca on February 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

    eat small meals throughout the day to stay satisfied and stave off extreme hunger

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  33. suzanne on February 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I love fish tacos! Moderation is the key to healthier living.

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  34. Kelly (the dSLR newbie) on February 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I JUST saw that book advertised in Everyday Food magazine, and wanted to get my hands on a copy! Great post :)

    I start every day out with a fruit smoothie (bananas, strawberries, yogurt, apple juice & some ice cubes thrown in a blender). I get a fast breakfast, and the satisfaction of knowing I always get at least 1 serving of fruit a day

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  35. Rebecca on February 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I am an email subscriber

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  36. Elizabeth on February 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I follow you by RSS feed on Google Reader. I try to keep control of portion sizes, and eat a lot of veggies – but everything in moderation!

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  39. Elizabeth on February 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I am also a fan on facebook

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    I receive email updates

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  42. suzanne on February 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I am a facebook fan

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  43. Danica on February 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

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  44. Danica on February 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook! :)

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  45. Danica on February 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

    my only little “trick” to choosing healthy, nourishing foods is to remind myself why I want to eat something and think about what that food will do for my body after I eat it

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  46. Lori S on February 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I am a facebook fan!

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  47. Lucy on February 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    hi there! i always make sure to have water and apples on hand to take care of any munchies/sweet cravings :) it helps so much, and i feel so much cleaner throughout my workday.

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  48. Lori S on February 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Healthy Eating tip? Besides all the great ones mentioned, the latest craze at our house is Veggie Straws. When you absolutely have to have something salty and munchy, these allow you to eat a nice portion with minimal fat. I have found when you have a craving, allow yourself to eat it. Then it is over and you don’t sample a million healthier things trying to take care of that one craving.

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  49. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen on February 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  50. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen on February 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

    My healthy eating tips are to drink plenty of water and to eat small meals throughout the day. I also drink a large glass of water before meals so that I’m not as hungry and don’t overindulge!

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