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. Leslie on February 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

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  3. Margaret on February 28, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I try to buy more produce so that our family eats less processed foods.

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  5. Marissa on February 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I love fish tacos! :) I will have to try these.

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to try to snack on veggies throughout the day and eat some salad before a meal so that you don’t over eat! :) If only I followed this all the time…ha

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  6. Karen on February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My healthy eating tip is to read labels. If I can’t read an ingredient, I don’t buy it. I avoid high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. As it turns out, at least at my store HEB, the store brand stuff is often times a healthier choice! Who knew!

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  7. Christa on February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Drink more water! Love fish tacos. I’m a facebook fan!

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  8. jeannette on February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I fill half my dinner plate with veggies or have fruit. And have oatmeal for breakfast. Its a healthy start to the day whoch sets the ne for the rest of the day.

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  9. Bobette on February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip? About 1/2 hour before going out to dinner, I have a grapefruit. It fills me up so I don’t overeat!

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  10. Sandra on February 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I follow you on Facebook.

    My tip is that I only cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil…I got rid of all my other oils.

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  11. Rebecca on February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away, apples are our go to snack in our house, fuji apples to be exact.

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  14. Sally on February 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

    My favorite healthy tip of late is trying my best to stay hydrated and cut out sodas. A thin slice of lemon or lime in my water glass makes all the difference in the world in keeping me drinking water.

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  23. Cathy on February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    moderation is the key of healthy eating and enjoying the wonderful flavor of fresh produce.

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  25. Aidan on February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    My favorite healthy tip is vegetable stock! Reduced it has a lot of flavor. I use it to replace half of the oil in salad dressings. (It makes the emulsion a little harder to form, so I mix mustard and the vinegar in the blender, add the oil slowly with the blender going, then add the stock slowly.)

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  27. Tara on February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Mmm these look good :)

    My healthy eating tip is not to 100% deprive yourself of things…but eat them in moderation! I don’t eat dessert during the week but let myself cheat a little on the weekend :)

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  29. Angela Snead on February 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

    My best recipe substitute when making desserts is to use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil or butter. I love to use the cinnamon applesauce when making banana bread!

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  30. Alicia C on February 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    you can’t skip breakfast. ever.
    eating peantue butter on whole wheat toast is a great quick breakfast.
    its doesn’t take a lot of committment and its a healthy start to your day.
    try it!

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  31. Rachel on February 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I love your blog!

    My healthy eating tip is always prepare your fruit and veggies when you get home from the grocery store that way you won’t be tempted to reach for something more convienent when you are hungry.

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  32. Aidan on February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

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  33. Rachel on February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    My healthy tip begins with feeding my children. No matter what the main course is I balance everything by asking… Do I have veggies or fruit? protein? calcium? grains? For instance the kids love pizza. Okay, so do I but are we getting vitamins and nutrients out of pizza? Not all the time. So I balance out a pizza night by adding a raw veggie tray so the kids get broccoli, carrots and cauliflower and we skip the soda and juice and have a glass of milk. The kids don’t mind because they are used to eating this way. My hope is they will continue to eat well rounded meals as they get older because that is what they’ve been taught and what they are used to. My daughter was commended by her teacher for eating healthy in her lunch box! Yay!

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  34. Aidan on February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

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  35. Pina on February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

    We have breakfast every morning, keeps us full until lunch, a snack mid-morning then we have green salads with protein a snack in the afternoon and a healthy supper. It’s just a matter of keeping it simple and sticking to it.

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  37. RavieNomNoms on February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Wow do those look fresh and amazing! Glad you finally tired fish tacos!

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  38. janis on February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Eating grains at lunch time helps keep you energized and satisfied longer. Whole wheat couscous is my favorite. But polenta, bulgur wheat, and quinoa run a close second! Try them one at a time and do different recipes. You will be glad you tried something new and feel better for it!

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  40. Mary Noman on February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I love steamed vegetables.
    Thank u
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  41. Nancy Piran on February 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    My go to healthy eating tip is veggies, veggies, veggies. They can be grilled, boiled, baked, fresh……the list goes on and on. Add them to just about anything or all by themselves and they are fantastic. They are particularly good when they come from your own garden!

    FIsh tacos….never have tried them but have heard they are great!

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  42. Saji on February 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

    My healthy eating way is to add lots of veggy’s n fruits 2 diet
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  43. Emily (The Culinary Couple) on February 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    We almost always substitute ground chicken or turkey for ground beef. It’s just as tasty and much healthier. We also often “hide” vegetables in dishes like soups, stews, and pastas.

    These fish tacos look delish!

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  44. Emily (The Culinary Couple) on February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

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  46. Heidi on February 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Everything in moderation! My favorite tip for my weight watchers members.

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  47. Heidi on February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

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  48. PaintingChef on February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I love fish tacos more than anything, can’t wait to try your recipe! My two favorite healthy eating tips are by way of “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan.

    1. Eat food made from ingredients you can pronounce (if you can’t say it, don’t eat it)
    2. Eat foods with 5 ingredients or less

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