Fish Tacos

We fell in love with real tacos during a trip to Sayulita.  I say real, because the tacos that we eat here in the states, is nothing like the ones we had in Mexico.  Here, tacos are always full of cheese, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, and few scrappy tomatoes.  Sure they are tasty, and hit the spot;  but, they are nothing like a true Mexican taco.  The tacos we had in Mexico where made with the freshest ingredients from the protein all the way to the vegetables.   No cheese.  No sour cream.  No guac.  Depending on the stand we ate at, some where made with a savory slaw or pickled vegetables.  One thing that was always the same was the savory, grilled meat or fish, and the lightly spicy creme. These rock cod fish tacos are as good as what we were eating on the streets.

Rock Cod Fish Tacos

I remember one particular night of taco gorging.  We found this little taco stand, just off the main street, next to a liquor store, it wasn’t anything fancy.  Plastic tables and chairs, dirt under our feet, and a young kid, grilling away.  He instructed us to go across the street, get some beer, come back, order some tacos, and sit.  Being like most somewhat cautious “Americans”, we only ordered a couple tacos at first;  after all, he was cooking in the dirt.  We sat down, and he brought them over.  First bite, with caramelized beef fat running down our faces, and spicy, pickled peppers dancing on our tongues, we were in love.  We ended up sitting there for some time, drinking beer, and ordering more tacos, and more tacos.

This recipe is not from Mexico, but rather a Bill Granger inspired one.  It is close, very close, to what we were eating in Sayulita.  Lightly marinaded fish, grilled until slightly crispy, and then nestled into a corn tortilla and covered with a spicy cucumber and tomato salad, with just a drizzle of savory creme.  Pass the beer, and you are all set for a take back to sunny Mexico with these amazing rock cod fish tacos.

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  1. Hey, I thought San Diego was pretty near the top for fish tacos – but yours rock!

  2. Nothing is more pleasurable than sitting outside with a big platter of fish tacos and some ice cold beers. If only it were warmer and sunnier here! But oh how happy this post made me!

  3. Fish tacos FTW!! And I want a copy of that book!

  4. Susan says:

    Oh my…….guess what’s on the menu for the weekend? Thank you so much.

  5. LOVE fish tacos. I fell in love eating them in San Diego, but had some amazing ones in Mazatlan, Mexico. We make them at home all the time- next time will try your recipe!

  6. These are hands down, THE most gorgeous fish tacos I’ve ever seen! I think I could eat about five of those right now. No, I know I could. I’ve got to bookmark this recipe so we can enjoy it out on our deck this summer, with some ice cold beer!

  7. Love fish tacos! These look really good. I love my fish taco recipe but I will 100% be making them with lime crema next time!

  8. I adore fish tacos (just made them last night), and couldn’t agree more with your cooking method! Tacos are way too overdone in the states. There’s nothing better than the meat, slaw, and crema combination!

  9. Chuck Werstak says:

    Beth sent me the link and I tried your recipe using halibut that I caught in Homer, Alaska. I LOVE making fish tacos and have been spending a few years perfecting my own but your’s is simply amazing! We were just in Sayulita this past April but did not get a chance to hit the spot you mentioned but did find a few gems nonetheless. I’ve passed it around and am making it again this evening, right now in fact!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Chuck Werstak

  10. Jennifer says:

    We went to Sayulita a few years ago and I too crave the fish tacos! We have been tempted to go back just for the tacos!

  11. Perfect tacos for summer time!

  12. I am a huge fan of fish tacos!! Since I’m not sitting on a beautiful beach in Mexico right now I’m hoping these delicious looking tacos and a few ice cold coronas will help make me feel like I am there. I’ll give it a try and let you know ;) Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to use the cucumber salad with tacos this summer, let alone any dish! Limes and cilantro are the way to my heart!

  14. Fisher Boy Food says:

    If this fish taco recipe makes 5 tacos, doesn’t that mean two people will be fighting over the last taco? Just teasing–this recipe looks amazing. We can’t wait to give it a try!

  15. Emiliedi says:

    Thank you for the wonderful receipe. Quick, easy, delicious! I added avocado, it was really good!


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