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Blackened Fish Tacos Quick Weeknight Recipe

Blackened Fish Tacos — a tasty recipe to add to your weekly meal plan that is ready in less than 30 minutes!

Cooking for my family during the week is extremely important to me. We try to save eating out for special occasions. It saves money and we eat a much healthier diet by cooking at home. At least once per week, I try to include a fish dish — and the fact that this one is ready in less than 30 minutes is a big plus!

Blackened Fish Tacos

What kind of fish should I use?

For this Blackened Fish Tacos recipe, I always recommend using a firm, white fish such as Mahi Mahi. It’s a great source of nutrition including Vitamin B, Omega-3s & Iron. Cod, Snapper, and Catfish are also other great choices.

Cast Iron Blackened Fish Tacos

Too Spicy? Cool It Down with Cream Avocado Sauce!

You can control the heat of this dish by limiting the cayenne pepper you use; but if you get carried away seasoning, add some creamy avocado sauce. Oh, who am I kidding?! It’s great to add either way!

Blackened Fish Tacos with Cream Avocado Sauce

Seasonings & Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Green Cabbage
  • Red Cabbage
  • Kale Leaves
  • Carrot
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ground Cumin
  • Spicy Dijon Mustard
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Mahi-Mahi or other firm white fish
  • Radishes
  • Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • Corn or Gluten-Free Tortillas

How to Make Blackened Fish Tacos:

Combine the ingredients for the Blackened seasoning in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

To prepare the coleslaw, add the sliced cabbage, kale leaves (if using), and shredded carrot to a large, non-reactive bowl. Whisk the Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, ground cumin, Dijon mustard, and lime juice together in a smaller bowl and pour over top of the other vegetables. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Set aside.

Generously season both sides of the mahi-mahi with the blackened seasoning and rub to cover the entire fish and to make sure it adheres well. Carefully slice the fish into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

Note: You can slice the fish before seasoning, but it takes longer to coat each piece individually and the blackened flavor will be much stronger if all sides are coated.

Add the olive oil to a large cast iron or other skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add the seasoned fish and cook until opaque and flakey, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.

To serve, evenly divide the creamy coleslaw and blackened fish between the 8 tortillas. Top with the sliced radishes and fresh cilantro leaves. If desired, drizzle some Creamy Avocado Sauce on top. Enjoy! 

Blackened Fish Tacos with Cream Avocado Sauce

Blackened Fish Tacos

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

A delicious seafood infusion to your weekly meal plans - ready in less than 30 minutes!

Ingredients

Blackened Seasoning

  • 1 T. onion powder
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 1½ T. smoked paprika
  • 1 T. dried thyme
  • 1 T. dried oregano
  • 2 t. sea salt
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • ½ t. - 1 t. cayenne pepper*

Coleslaw

  • 3 c. green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • Optional: ½ c. kale leaves, finely chopped 
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1/3 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ t. ground cumin
  • ¾ t. spicy Dijon mustard
  • 1 T. fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Remaining

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 18-20 oz. mahi-mahi or other firm white fish
  • 4-5 large radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 3 T. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 8 8-inch corn or gluten-free tortillas

Instructions

    1.Combine the ingredients for the Blackened seasoning in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

    2. To prepare the coleslaw, add the sliced cabbage, kale leaves (if using),and shredded carrot to a large, non-reactive bowl. Whisk the Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, ground cumin, Dijon mustard, and lime juice together in a smaller bowl and pour over top of the other vegetables. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Set aside.

    3. Generously season both sides of the mahi-mahi with the blackened seasoning and rub to cover the entire fish and to make sure it adheres well. Carefully slice the fish into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

    Note: You can slice the fish before seasoning, but it takes longer to coat each piece individually and the blackened flavor will be much stronger if all sides are coated.

    4. Add the olive oil to a large cast iron or other skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add the seasoned fish and cook until opaque and flaky, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.

    5. To serve, evenly divide the creamy coleslaw and blackened fish between the 8 tortillas. Top with the sliced radishes and fresh cilantro leaves. If desired, drizzle some Creamy Avocado Sauce on top. Enjoy!

Notes

* Adjust amount of cayenne to reach desired level of heat

Time-Saving Tip: Use one 12-oz. bag of shredded coleslaw mix instead of the sliced vegetables to reduce prep time.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3235Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 2428mgSodium: 4277mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 12gSugar: 16gProtein: 628g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/2/2019

Blackened Fish Tacos with Cream Avocado Sauce

Creamy Avocado Sauce

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Creamy Avocado Sauce is a tasty addition to our Blackened Fish Tacos. Perfect if you desire a little cooler flavor or simply want more flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 c. plain whole milk Greek yogurt 
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • ½ t. smoked paprika
  • ½ t. chili powder
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 T. fresh lime juice*
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

    Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. (*Add additional lime juice, if necessary, to reach desired consistency). Taste and adjust seasonings, to taste.

    Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. Enjoy!



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/2/2019

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Blackened Fish Tacos -- a tasty recipe to add to your weekly meal plan that is ready in less than 30 minutes!

3 Comments

  1. Since I’m a human being, it goes without saying that I love tacos! I definitely like fish tacos, but besides some fried fish, I’ve never really cooked with fish much at all. I may have to change that!

  2. Jay Naveenan

    Amazing pictures and mouthwatering recipe! definitely trying this one.

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