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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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.)


692 Responses to “Grilled Fish Tacos + Cookbook Giveaway”

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  1. Kaitlyn on February 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    fruit, fruit, and more fruit! Mangoes, especially, are delicous and satisfying!


  2. Omega on February 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    My healthy eating tip: sneak the fruits & veggies in. I regularly substitute applesauce in for 1/2 the butter (or all the oil!) in baking recipes. I also make brownies with pureed black beans in place of all the wet ingredients. Nutritious and delicious!


  3. Lori on February 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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  4. Lori on February 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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  5. Omega on February 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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  6. Lori on February 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I like to leave a bowl of fresh fruit on the cupboard.It makes it easier to grab them first rather than to gave to look for junk in the pantry


  7. Tanya on February 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    following you on twitter – I’m mneyegirl


  8. Tanya on February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    just subscribed on rss!


  9. Tanya on February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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  10. Katie on February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I try to use portion control. I splurge a little if I want something, I just don’t go overboard.


  11. Tanya on February 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I tweeted!!! RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of Power Foods:


  12. Kate on February 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    My favorite tips are to eat mindfully and to step outside your comfort zone. My husband and I are making efforts to eat more slowly instead of scarfing down supper. Also, trying new foods – like fish tacos, for example :) – forces us to eat more veggies, fruits and whole grains.


  13. Kim on February 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Healthy tip – deny nothing bu never eat more than a handful. (:


  14. Katie on February 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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  17. Jim White (Chilewheel) on February 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Glad to see you’re getting hip to authentic tacos! I remember when I made my east coast dwelling nephews their first fish tacos. They looked at them like they had appeared from another planet(even the corn tortilla seemed alien to them), but after that first taste…well, let’s say they’ve made room for something else besides pizza, subs and cheesesteaks on their menu. As to health tips, I keep it simple and have managed to lose 40 pounds by concentrating on the basics: somnambulation, separation, lubrication and perspiration, i.e., get the sleep you need, eat 5-6 small meals per day at regular intervals, drinl plenty of fluids, especially water, and exercise 3-4 x a week for 40 minutes or more.


  18. Kate on February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I Tweeted this giveaway!


  19. Kathy in Michigan on February 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I found that adding salsa to veggies, potatos or rice dishes adds an extra serving of vegetables without much prep or time or thought. If I don’t have salsa and don’t feel like making my own, I just add diced tomatos. I do always check store bought salsa to make sure it’s just the veggies ~ no added sugar or salt or fat. Trader Joe’s has a great salsa!!


  20. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls on February 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Ooo, this looks ridiculously fabulous! Bookmarked!


  21. Chelsea @ Sprinkles of Parsley on February 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Wow this looks great! I’ve been wanting to try fish tacos too! I’ve heard so many great things about them- it’s about time I give them a try- starting with your recipe!

    Healthy eating tip- listen to your body, eat natural unprocessed foods as much as possible, and eat a well balanced diet.


  22. Alisa Fleming on February 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I absolutely love fish tacos! I’ve never heard of that book, but it sounds like a fun one. I love cookbooks focused around ingredients like that.


  23. Alyce on February 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I try and eat about six small meals a day. But baking is my down fall. So many good things!


  24. Kelly on February 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I’m subscribed by e-mail :)


  25. Kelly on February 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook 😀


  26. TracyLea on February 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I prepare healthy snacks for the week on Saturday and Sunday. I keep them within easy reach and it helps me to make better lunch and snacking choices. For example, I cut up carrots, celery, radishes, green/red/yellow peppers, snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. and low fat cheese, and then I keep them front and center in my fridge. I also wash and remove any stickers from fruits such as apples, pears, nectarines, or whatever looks good and is in season and have it within easy reach on my kitchen counter and dining room table. I also package portions of raisins, dried fruit, almonds, cashews, and other healthy treats so they are easy to grab. If I have any vegetables that are not eaten during the week for lunch or snacks I incorporate them into dinners and salads.

    Another tip is that I make a batch of fresh vinaigrette or dressing (changes weekly) for the veggies and salads made with dinner throughout the week. It helps keep it interesting. This week’s dressing is a creamy and zesty green dressing made with yogurt, limejuice, cumin, cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno. Last week was balsamic vinaigrette and next week will probably be a sesame oil and soy sauce dressing.


  27. TracyLea on February 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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  28. TracyLea on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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  29. Kelly on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I allow myself to eat whatever I want, but in moderation. If you go completely cold turkey and don’t allow yourself sweets you’re just bound to explode and go overboard on unhealthy foods. Allow yourself to eat what you want in small portions :)


  30. TracyLea on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway


  31. TracyLea on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook


  32. Lynn on February 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I always open Brown Eyed Baker emails first! I put carrots in tomato sauce instead of sugar.


  33. Erin on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I tricked myself into liking veggies, but now I LOVE them.
    1) I add veggies to everything I make (except oatmeal.. fruit goes in there)
    2) Roast veggies!! ALL OF THEM.. they taste 1000% better than steamed or raw ones… just a mist of EVOO, sea salt and a grill or 400 degree oven turns boring veggies into deliciousness. Roasted carrots, beets, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower are some of my favorites.

    Dang it, now I’m craving roasted carrots.


  34. Sandy on February 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Healthy eating tip: Don’t get dehydrated! Drink lots of water and tea, it keeps you full and flushes out waste!


  35. Christy Spurlock on February 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I try and only keep items in my house that are healthy….fruits and vegetables. Every once in a while, I’ll bring in some Dove “Dark” Chocolate. One small piece a day is actually good for you.


  36. Amy K on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    My best healthy eating tip is to plan and prepare on weekends. I do a basic meal plan for the week, shop, and then pack up as much food so that it’s easy to grab and go for breakfast and lunch. Oatmeal goes in plastic bowl containers. I pack salads, sides of mashed sweet potatoes, yogurt, etc. Baggies of carrots or sliced bell peppers and pieces of fruit are ready to go as well. It’s like a mix and match lunch every day and guarantees (usually) that I won’t make a run for Chick-Fil-A at lunch.


  37. Amy K on February 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I became a fan on Facebook


  38. Amanda on February 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    This book looks great… I have been wanting to buy it for awhile now. My best tip is to make as much food from scratch as you can…The less processed foods the better. I experiment with new food making processes all the time, and nothing is better than homemade bread and yogurt! Yum!


  39. Amanda on February 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Fan on facebook!


  40. Claudia Miller Pletting on February 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    My healthy tip. When I make cookies (healthy ones) I put some carrot pulp (I juice everyday) and sometimes even the spinach pulp in my cookies plus I use spelt and sometimes almond meal for the cookies.


  41. Laura @FoodSnobSTL on February 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I always buy a ton of veggies. It forces me to eat healthy throughout the week.


  42. Claudia Miller Pletting on February 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook!


  43. Kimiko on February 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The best healthy eating tip I can give anyone is just cook more meals at home! Once I started cooking my meals myself, I became much more aware of the ingredients, and what I was putting into my body. Oh, and no need to say no to sweets! It’s all about moderation!


  44. linsey on February 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    i’m a follower on facebook


  45. linsey on February 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    and i follow on google reader


  46. Vera on February 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    These look great!!!

    I have been trying to roast more veggies – trying to serve them different ways. Also I am going to try and cook more Indian – trying some vegitarian recipes


  47. heather on February 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    For a hit of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, plus tons of vitamins and minerals, I recommend adding a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt + granola, soups, really anything! I’ve sprinkled it over stovetop popped popcorn with other herbs or spices, and it adds a pleasant nuttiness.




  48. Carrie on February 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    LOVE Fish tacos!!! YUM!
    My favorite healthy eating tip: don’t bring home the stuff you don’t want to regret eating later (i.e. candy). I still bake like crazy (thanks to many of your delicious recipes) but at least I’m not eating the stuff packed with preservatives and just aren’t made with love!! =) Happy Eating!


  49. chelsea rose on February 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I always try to opt for whole grain and take advantage of the seasonal fruits and veggies :)


  50. chelsea rose on February 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I am subscribed via email!


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