Cajun Fish Tacos

Cajun Fish Tacos - Delicious smoky seared Cajun fish with rich creamy avocado cilantro sauce & spicy tangy pico de gallo all wrapped in warm tortilla.

I don’t remember much major debates between my parents. That equals they don’t fight much. I suppose that’s a good thing, right? But then again, now I have nothing to write about. So, good thing, yet a bad thing?

If I dig in hard enough into my I once thought I had excellent memory but as days go by it seems like it’s getting murkier, does that mean I’m getting old? memory, I do recall a couple of times a debate that occurred between my mom and dad.

Fish or meat.

Mom is fishy while Dad is meaty.

In my defense, the above statement is somewhat true.

Dad IS on the rounder side. He has a belly. Belly = meaty, On a side note, I have his genes. My face is round. I have a belly. Yes, irrelevant. Just thought you guys wanted to know about my belly.

On mom being fishy… well, if we look at salted baked chicken, then yes tis’ true. My mom is pretty fishy. But let’s just look at that statement on the literal side. Basically, she loves fish. Dad loves meat…. other than fish. (Is meat fish?)

Cajun Fish Tacos - Delicious smoky seared Cajun fish with rich creamy avocado cilantro sauce & spicy tangy pico de gallo all wrapped in warm tortilla.

So seeing that mother’s day’s around the corner, what better way to celebrate my mom than to make some fish food. No, not food for fish. Fish based food. Food fish. Aaah.. this ain’t going nowhere.

Fish tacos.

But I’m not going to be seeing her on Mother’s day since we don’t live near each other. Heck, we don’t even live in the same country… or continent. So, the right thing to do is to might as well enjoy it on her behalf and celebrate mother’s day all by myself. Not that I’m a mother yet. But I will be soon so I should practice celebrating this day as a mom, right? No, this is not my attempt to hint that I’m pregnant. I’m not. Man… this is getting out of hand.

Anyway, it’s the thought that counts, right mom?

Cajun Fish Tacos for you. Delicious and smoky cajun rub on beautifully seared juicy fish topped with rich creamy avocado cilantro sauce and spicy tangy pico de gallo all wrap in warm tortilla. So light, so fresh, they’re to die for. Dare I say the best fish tacos ever? Of course that is before I make the next best fish tacos.

Cajun Fish Tacos - Delicious smoky seared Cajun fish with rich creamy avocado cilantro sauce & spicy tangy pico de gallo all wrapped in warm tortilla.

PS: Hey mom. I have an idea. You could ask one of your two other daughters to make these. *grins

What could possibly be equally as good as this tacos?

This Cajun Chicken Quesadilla. Chicken in Cajun spices seared to moist & tender perfection, a spicy & tangy sauce & ooeey gooey melting cheese. All in a warm tortilla. Same rub but different taste… equally delicious.

Cajun Chicken Quesadilla

Also, if you haven’t already, please check out my last post Classic Pepperoni Pizza. Easy to make with delicious homemade crust & sauce. This will become your go to pizza.

Classic Pepperoni Pizza

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Cajun Fish Tacos
 
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Delicious smoky seared Cajun fish with rich creamy avocado cilantro sauce & spicy tangy pico de gallo all wrapped in warm tortilla.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 lb any white fish (see note 2)

  • Cajun rub
  • 2 tsp of:
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne

  • 1 tsp of:
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Sugar

  • Avodaco Cilantro Sauce
  • 3 ripe hass avocado, halved, deseeded, scooped out from peel
  • 6 tbs whole plain yogurt
  • ½ cup cilantro (leaves & stems)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • Pico de Gallo
  • 5 large tomatoes, diced
  • ½ medium white onion, soaked in water for 5-10 minutes
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno, half or fully deseeded if you want it less spicy and diced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Couple of pinches of sugar

  • 8 flour tortillas, warmed and covered in a towel-lined plate
  • 4 cups thinly sliced lettuce or alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ¼ - ½ cup yogurt or sour cream
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the Cajun rub. Generously coat the fish with the rub (see note 1). There will be some the rub left. Let marinate while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. In the blender or food processor, combine the ingredients for the avocado cilantro sauce and blend until desired consistency. Chill until ready to use.
  3. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the pico de gallo. Chill until ready to use.
  4. Over medium high heat, add a coat of oil in a pan. Once the pan is hot, sear the fish until browned and charred to your liking. Depending on how thick the fish is, fry 2-3 minutes on each side. If the fish is really thick, lower the heat a little so that the center can cook without the outside burning. Cook a couple minutes more if so. When you can flake the fish (or temperature reads 145 F), it's ready.
  5. To assemble, break up the seared fish and place them on a warm tortilla. Top with lettuce, avocado cilantro sauce, pico de gallo, cilantro and yogurt.
Notes
1. The rub already contains salt but if you want it saltier, sprinkle some salt over the fish before the rub.

2. The fish can be cod, mahi-mahi..etc. The thinner the fish, the better since marination time is short. Thicker fish will result in less flavorful since the spice won't be able to penetrate that deep in.

 

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20 Responses

  1. shelby

    These look and sound absolutely delicious! I won’t get to see my mom on Mother’s Day either- nor will I get to see my sons 🙁 I guess I could make these for myself and enjoy them all alone this year. lol It would definitely brighten the day some for me!

    Reply
    • AiPing

      Awwwww hugs his Shelby! And happy Mother’s Day to you!!! Yes you should cook these and enjoy em yourself.

      Reply
  2. Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

    Firstly, gorgeous photos!!! Just stunning! I want to reach into the screen and grab a taco!

    Secondly your post made me giggle. I totally followed your train of thought.

    Thirdly Avocado Cilantro Sauce?????!?!?! YES!!!!! I want to make some of that and stick my finger right in!!!

    Reply
    • AiPing

      Thanks Claire!! I’ve never though of sticking ma finger into the sauce but yes that’s a superb idea!!!! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    I love the inclusion of fish in a taco. I think we are so geared to cooking meat, and that some people are scared of fish? I don’t know, but I resolve to eat more fish, especially where I’d often use chicken.

    Reply
    • AiPing

      Truly. Fish tacos are so light but with the same amount of flavor if not more. I’m a real meaty girl and I love the flavors from the seasoning on this fish. Really good.

      Reply
  4. Mica @ Let's Taco Bout It Blog

    I am obsessing over your Avodaco Cilantro Sauce! My OH is also a fish-guy, and I’m more meaty. We often have the same debate as your parents. For the tacos, what kind of fish would you recommend?

    Reply
    • AiPing

      Yes the sauce is super delish. Now, me and my hubs are the same. Meat or fish. 🙂 As for the fish, use any kind of white fish that you fancy. Tilapia, cod, mahi mahi…etc.

      Reply
      • Mike

        Next up from all your amazing looking recipes is the claypot Malaysian chicken and rice – cant wait to try that. In fact I have made a permanent note of your website as there are a load of recipes I want to try! 🙂

      • AiPing

        You’re so sweet. OOOOOOOOOOooooooooo I can’t wait for you to try the clay pot chicken rice. It’s super yummy!!! Let me know what you think. 🙂

  5. Joleen @ Joleen Cuisine

    Yay!! I love fish tacos-had some dinner plans to go out with some friends and get fish tacos this weekend, but suggested that we make our own. And this is the perfect recipe for it! 🙂

    Reply
  6. Nagi@RecipeTinEats

    I just had THE most amazing tacos on the weekend!! I am totally inspired to try making it myself and it seems “meant to be” that I found this!!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    Reply
    • Ai Ping

      Awww.. you’re welcome. I hope you do try to make these as I gather up the courage to fry vermicelli.

      Reply

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