Cooking fish is a great option during the week. Not only is it healthy, but it fills me up without leaving me with that OMG I ATE TOO MUCH. I FEEL SICK feeling that I am way too familiar with. It also cooks quickly so you can prepare your fish after a long day of work and have dinner on the table in no time.
I often use fish steaks when I can which are much cheaper than fillets, but they do require some extra work if the bones have not already been removed. I learned how to do this by watching a handy YouTube video and it is a simple process even without any fancy fish knives.
While you can serve your fish with a side of vegetables or a portion of rice, remember I am still a Texan at heart — everything can (and should) be a taco.
The cod fish in my fish is so flavorful that after it was cooked I was eating chunks of it plain (and by hand) before reminding myself that I had to leave some to put in the tacos. I used cod fish but you can use any firm white fish for this recipe. If I could get my hands on some catfish I definitely would try this recipe with that too.
You’ll often find fish tacos topped with a pile of slaw or a layer of thick sauce but once I tasted how fresh and delicious the cod fish was, I couldn’t bring myself to hide the flavors underneath layers of toppings. I kept mine simple — soft tortilla + heaping bed of fish + drizzle of salsa + squeeze of lime = perfect spicy fish tacos. Even Peter didn’t fight me when he asked if there was any cheese for the tacos.
These babies don’t need them. Of course I won’t hold it against you if cheese is a must or if you prefer the crunch of some slaw or cabbage. But if you want to keep things simple for yourself, you can have a scrumptious and fresh meal in no time at all.
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1 lb cod (or any other firm, white fish)
- 1 tsp oil
- toppings - salsa, hot sauce, lime juice, jalapenos
- In a small bowl, mix spices
- Sprinkle evenly over cod, coating fish completely
- Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes
- Heat a large pan with a layer of oil over medium heat
- Add cod pieces to pan, cook for 3-5 min (5 min for a 1inch thick piece of fish)
- Flip and cook for another 3-5 min
- Remove fish from heat and roughly chop
- Fill tortilla with fish and your choice of toppings
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