We love my easy shrimp tacos, farmers market kale tacos and ground chicken tacos. And now these healthy grilled fish tacos with mango salsa are a delicious combination of grilled white fish wrapped in whole wheat warm tortilla and topped with fresh, sweet & spicy strawberry mango salsa. Kinda Latin fusion envelopes full of nutrients goodness. Perfect for any time: summer BBQs, winter weeknight dinners or a leftover lunch – just keep the ingredients separately.
Fish is awesome! I know many people do not eat fish and I think it’s…weird, honestly. I think the whole perception of fish in North America is wrong. No, wait the whole concept of food is screwed up. Eating boxed food with weird chemicals and words “light” and “healthy” on it is fine but fish that has a fishy smell, skin or bones is “weird”… Seriously, how can you not like fish?!Fish skillet, baked white fish recipe or fish kebabs – all are so delicious.
Fish is a source of lean protein and healthy Omega-3 fats. When cooked properly (quickly), fish retains its moisture. And when seasoned lightly, it is delicious. Bad news are most fish sold in our giant supermarkets is far away from being good for you. It is either farmed or …farmed in Indonesian countries like Vietnam, Thailand or China, even worse. I highly recommend to google all about farm raised fish as I don’t want to ruin my beautiful fish tacos post with someone’s yucky morals.
So, we fish our own fish. Not me, Alex does. Every Fall we wish and stock up the freezer. That means I fillet the fish. Look, I’m still alive. Kidding. It’s very simple. All you need is a separate cutting board dedicated to meat/fish and a good fillet knife.
To make healthy grilled fish tacos I chose Chum, a salmon with white flesh. You can also use tilapia, cod, snapper, tuna or any firm white fish. Please make sure it’s not farmed. Also, the amount of fish you see in pictures is double the recipe. I like leftovers.:)
For seasoning, I created a marinade of chili powder, cumin and lime juice. A combination that gives any meat/fish an intense flavour in a short time. Also simple and delicious!
It took only 3 – 4 minutes per side to cook my fish to perfection. It came out juicy and flaked with a touch of a fork. Meaning it was soft and not overcooked. I chose an indoor electric grill this time, but a non-stick pan or an outdoor grill would work great. No matter what method you choose, make sure to spray the cooking surface well with oil spray. And if the fish falls apart, it’s fine.
I really stuffed my tacos, so all I could eat was one. I just couldn’t stop topping it. Warm tortilla, I just love how it smells. Corn or wheat, any works. Then grilled pieces of flavourful and a bit spicy fish. Top with loads of sweet and spicy Strawberry Mango Salsa
Dinnertime was quiet and surprisingly not messy. My kids love fish! I give a full credit to myself for that. Alex gets A+ for fishing but I’m the one who decides what we eat. Set a good example by making these gorgeous, delicious and good for you fish tacos for your family very soon!:)
Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
- 1 lb firm white fish (cod, tilapia, snapper or chum), cut into 1 inch thick fillets
- 1 lime, juice of
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp organic chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Strawberry Mango Salsa
- Corn or whole wheat tortillas, small
- Lime, cilantro, Tabasco sauce for garnish, optional
- In a flat rimmed baking dish, whisk together lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt and black pepper. Turn fish on both sides in marinate until evenly coated. Let fish marinade in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
- In the meanwhile, prepare Strawberry Mango Salsa.
- Preheat an indoor/outdoor grill or large non-stick skillet on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Place fish on the grill/skillet and cook untouched until white and opaque on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip on the other side and cook another 4 minutes. If using an indoor grill, you won't have to flip the fish and cook for 4 minutes total. Transfer to a platter and using the fork break into large flakes. Warm up tortillas on the grill or microwave.
- To assemble a taco, place desired amount of fish in a warm tortilla, and top it with Strawberry Mango Salsa and any optional garnishes.
I’m leaving it out. I really feel it won’t be accurate because everyone uses different kind of fish and tortilla. You can do a quick calculation yourself – look up tortilla nutritional info on the package, add whatever fish you are using and Strawberry Mango Salsa is here.