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:

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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 =)”

Two years ago: Triple Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Three years ago: French Bread

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


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


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. Stacey on March 2, 2011 at 9:18 am
  2. Suzi on March 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Great giveaway! I’m in love with everything Martha has to offer.

    My favorite tip: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much (Michael Pollen). Along the same vein (maybe defining Pollen’s “eat food”) — if your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, don’t eat it. There’s so much “food” out there that isn’t really food – it’s just chemicals and fat and artificial everything. I try to eat as much whole food and seasonal produce as possible.


  3. Suzi on March 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

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  5. Suzi on March 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway. I have no idea how to use twitter so I can’t send you a direct link to the tweet but I’m @rydersm


  6. Suzi on March 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook


  7. Lacey on March 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I don’t have any healthy eating tips – that’s why I need this cookbook!


  8. April on March 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Make your own bread. Simple, little time commitment, and zero chemicals.


  9. Tricia on March 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

    My healthy eating tip– cook your own food! My husband and I rarely eat out, that way we know exactly what is in the food we are eating and it is much easier to measure out my portions. I have had the most success with losing weight/maintaining a healthy weight by eating at home and in moderation.


  10. Susan on March 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I love blending spinach, kale and flax into green smoothies!


  11. Susan on March 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I also subscribe by RSS :)


  12. Susan on March 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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  13. Franci on March 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I try to use lettuce instead of hanburger buns!! Super healthy!


  14. Franci on March 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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  15. Franci on March 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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  16. Samantha on March 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Fish tacos = YUM! My best healthy eating tip is to eat a wide variety of foods. This means a wider range of taste, flavors, options, nutrients and experiences!


  17. Allyson on March 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I sneak pureed veggies in everything! The kids don’t even realize they are eating their vegetables (and more than the daily recommendation of them :D) LOVE your blog


  18. Alicia Luchetti on March 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Favorite Healthy Eating Tip: Brown Rice and Water. Drinking lots of water helps with my random snack cravings. Also brown rice is much better than white rice and can be mixed with anything!


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  21. Allyson on March 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, we mainly use tilapia or halibut. Both are awesome. Give them a try also. We marinate ours in garlic, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, salt/pepper, and 1/4 c tequila letting marinate for 30 min prior to grilling the fish! Makes awesome tacos!


  22. Kimberly M. on March 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I love fish fish/shrimp tacos.

    Healthy eating tip: I look for food that are high in fiber, they help to fill you up and keep you fuller longer and they are great for keeping you regular! :)


  23. Stefanie Marsh on March 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Love the fish taco recipe! My favorite since discovering in of all places, Texas! Props to Fuzzy Tacos and the amazing frilled fish tacos on their menu!!!!

    My healthy eating tip is to pre-cut veggies. I find when I am craving a snack, I am more likely to eat my veggies when they have been pre-cut and ready to eat versus not. When I go grocery shopping I don’t pu them in the fridge unless they have been cut-up. And also, drink water, water and more water. If hungry, drink a glass of water before heading for a snack to see if it is water you need instead of food.


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  26. Kimberly M. on March 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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  27. Laura on March 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I have found a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition is to make a green smoothie! Adding a big handful of greens to your typical smoothie will make it turn green, but you will not be able to taste them all! Spinack, kale, and dandelion greens are my favorites to use.

    Make this with a banana and some frozen berries or mango, and you can easily get in 4 or 5 servings of fruits and veggies in one smoothie!


  28. Laura on March 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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  29. Cindy Frost on March 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I am trying to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day which isn’t easy with my busy schedule.


  30. Mel on March 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I saw this cookbook the other day and seeing as I do need to start eating healthier, I put it on my wish list.


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  32. Cindy Frost on March 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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  33. Mel on March 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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  34. Cindy Frost on March 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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  36. Darlene on March 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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  37. Darlene on March 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Healthy eating tip: portion control. Anything is healthy if you only eat a little. So we use salad plates as dinner plates and dinner plates as salad plates. Use tiny baby plates for snaking. And have a 30 minute rule to wait before getting seconds…


  38. Heather on March 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Healthy Eating tip: Use white wine to replace your oil/fats when you saute your meat/veggies. Just don’t use “cooking wine” – it will add too much salt to your dish.


  39. Heather on March 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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  41. Caitlin on March 2, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Love the recipe, I just made some fish tacos with tilapia the other day! Check out my blog for the recipe!

    My healthy tip is using fish or grape seed oil! It’s great for your skin. I use grape seed oil for a quick dressing and you can add fish oil to anything!


  42. Caitlin on March 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Also, I started following you on facebook!


  43. Erika on March 3, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I use a lot of shredded cabbage and or Wonbok and eat it with breakfast and/or lunch to use as a filler. Some times I do it with dinner too.


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  45. katklaw777 on March 3, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I have added an extra fruit and veggie to each of my meals and snacks of fruit too.(organic if possible)
    I had not been eating enough and this has really helped me.


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  47. Kristin on March 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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  48. Michelle Pegram on March 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I like to leave fresh, washed and cut up fruits and veggies in the fridge. I’m more likely to eat them if they’re ready-to-eat instead of grabbing something processed when I’m in a hurry.


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  51. MELISSA on March 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I try to avoid any pre-made meal. If the meal is frozen it probably isn’t healthy. I try to prepare every part of my meals.


  52. Liz N on March 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I am a Zone Diet follower, so I make sure that my macronutrients are in the right proportions (carbs, protein and fat). Meal planning has kept me from straying off the healthy path and choosing fast food or frozen prepared foods.


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  55. jodi on March 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I love fish tacos and have converted my family over the last 2 years. I bake my fish in the winter since I hate cleaning the indoor grill. After my husbands heart attack I’ve been much more careful about the sodium and fat in our foods and do alot more from scratch to keep those things out of our food. It’s alot harder then people realize.


  56. Nicole H. on March 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I try to remember moderation and that every little bit counts. So I try to cut out fat or increase our veggies/fiber where ever I can. I figure a lot of little changes add ip:)


  57. Courtney on March 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    My husband and I both love fish tacos! Can’t wait to try this.

    Our healthy eating weapon is simply to eat as many meals as we can at home and to not eat sweets or fatty, rich foods unless we took the time to labor and make them ourselves!


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  59. Becki H on March 4, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I admit to not being the healthiest. I find chicken breasts to be a good meat for dinner.


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  61. Shari Hom on March 4, 2011 at 12:17 am

    My healthy eating tip is to eat breakfast!!!


  62. Janssen on March 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Homemade salad dressing. . . makes me eat more vegetables and isn’t full of processed garbage.


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  66. Michelle on March 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    My tip would be to follow your body’s cues. If you feel you’ve had too much sweets, cut them out (or down) for a few days. Also, stay away from preservatives and food colorings!


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  69. stephanie on March 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I just learned a new tip from Dr. Oz. Put canned goods in fridge to let chill before you open. The fat will rise to the top and you can spoon it off. Love that! My usual healthy tip is…don’t eat packaged or canned foods ;)


  70. Reneé on March 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Eat small meals every 2-3 hours…


  71. Jonathan on March 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    my healthy eating tip is chosing high fibre items… (for ex chosing a whole wheat flax seed tortilla shell vs a white one; or chosing a cereal with a higher fibre content)… sometimes i even throw in some black beans into an omlette or frittata. :)


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  76. Stacie on March 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    We like to make “green” shakes in the morning. We mix spinach, grapes, kiwi’s and a little water together for breakfast. It is really tasty and so healthy, even my kids drink it.


  77. Stacie on March 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

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  78. Becki Sue on March 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I like to chew gum while I preparing dinner. Sometimes I snack and sample ingredients so much while making dinner, I’m full by the time it is ready!! Chewing gum reminds me not to snack.


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  81. Sue L. on March 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    The fish tacos look wonderful! I enjoy your site. My healthy eating tip:
    Read your labels for sodium and fat content. :-)


  82. Amelia Florencia on March 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Love grill veggies and of course Kabobs with or without meat!!….Amelia F


  83. Amelia Florencia on March 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

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  85. CaSaundra on March 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is that if my grandma wouldn’t have ate it back in the day, I shouldn’t now.


  86. Elena Thrower on March 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    My healthy eating tip is to add veggies to everything! Smoothies (spinach), meatballs (spinach), pancakes (pumpkin), Soups and pasta sauce (anything you like, and you can grate it up so you don’t even know it is there).


  87. Celina on May 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

    What a wonderful idea, thank you so much for sharing “Fish Taco’s” in celebration of Cinco de Mayo… I’m also now a fan on Facebook and would love the opportunity to win the “Power Foods” cookbook, please count me in!


  88. Andrea on September 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I made these tonight and they were awesome! Thanks so much.


  89. Robin on January 28, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Never had a fish taco until we went to Baja on our honeymoon last November, and then we had them nearly every day! Delicious! Can’t wait to make them at home.


  90. Cindy on August 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    We had these last night. The pickled veggies were the unexpected ingrdient that everyone could not get enough of and felt balanced the flavors in a way we could not get enough of these tacos. Served as described with the only modification being Greek yogurt in place of the crema. Not sure if it was the ingredients, the preparation, the company or the view of the lake, but these were the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten.


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