Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos

  • TracyVision Posted: 03/24/11
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    This is the Goldilocks of spice rubs. It's *just right*. Perfect blend of flavor and heat. I substituted thawed frozen wild cod for the tilapia for a healthier fish option. And I made the cream mixture using plain yogurt & a chipotle with a little adobo instead of sour cream & jalapeño (that happened to be what I had in the house but I'll use it next time too, the chipotle lent a nice smoky/spicy touch). I mixed the sliced onion with a little lime juice and kept them separate from the yogurt/chipotle sauce. I used my cast iron skillet, which is naturally nonstick, so no oil was necessary. This one is going into the regular rotation.

  • BonnieLou Posted: 03/10/11
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    Wow- great, easy recipe. The fish was delicate, flavorful and pretty. The onion jalapeno sauce was delicious. To shave calories, we ate the leftovers on top of a salad, added tomatoes, and omitted the avocado and tortilla. Served with spanish rice and green beans.

  • Jessie123 Posted: 03/18/11
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    This was so tasty. All the flavors worked wonderfully. I blackened haddock instead of tilapia, fried in butter and I also just sprinkled the onions on instead of mixing them with the sour cream. This is a keeper in our house and we'll be making it again. The prep time was quick and easy. Yum.

  • Crackerjack Posted: 02/24/11
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    DELICIOUS! The spice on the fish is perfect and the onion mixture is so tasty. My 5 year old daughter coudn't get enough, although I did use green salsa in her portion rather than the the onion mixture. I stuck to the recipe as written. I would make this on a weekday or for a special occassion. I made is with a boxed Mexican rice mix and a salad of field greens, avocado, oranges, and jicama with an orange vinegrette. I can't remember the last time I had something this good. My husband said this is the best meal he has had in a while, even from a restaurant. Can't wait to make it for company!

  • flowerpot916 Posted: 03/09/11
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    This was so good! Followed the recipe as written, however, I would add more jalapeno to give it a greater kick. I also would recommend more avocado and cilantro to place inside the taco. I served with black beans and rice. Can't wait to make again! Delicious!

  • 8stringfan Posted: 02/27/11
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    This recipe just isn't that good, though it's got some potential. First off, there's not enough rub: maker sure you double the rub. In order to get a good blackened fish fillet you want a solid covering of spice mix on your fish. Oh, and you also want butter. Of course you don't have to use the copious amounts of butter traditionally used when blackening fish: CL has a terrific recipe for blackened catfish wraps (perhaps the greatest wrap ever created!) and I don't see why this recipe didn't just follow that one in terms of the fish. I also don't like the use of tilapia in this recipe. Blackening is a pretty aggressive cooking method and tilapia is simply too delicate. The fish fell apart a good bit when I made this recipe and that never happens when I blacken catfish. Other than that, the onion "sauce" was ho-hum. This recipe could have been a lot better but as it stands, it's just not very good. I won't make it again.

  • MomDeb Posted: 02/24/11
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    Easy recipe - tasty and light. Served with a Southwestern Slaw, Cilantro Rice and used whole wheat tortillas rather than corn tortillas.

  • AriaVagabond Posted: 03/03/11
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    these were so good! i don't like cilantro generally, but i just added a bit more sour cream to the mixture to mute it. as a side, i threw all of this into a pot: 1 can black beans, 1/2 jar salsa, chopped onion, and some frozen corn (season as you want). perfect!

  • Emily830 Posted: 02/28/11
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    My husband and I loved this! Very easy to make (I did the onion mixture hours ahead of time). YUM.

  • dallastx Posted: 03/08/11
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    I made this for lunch and my mother devoured it. I thought it needed more salt. After tasting the cilantro sauce I added more cilantro and thought it was a bit bland but in the end, adding salt to everything heightened the flavors. The spice rub is excellent. Will make again!

  • jstout Posted: 02/21/11
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    This recipe is so fast and easy! The seasoning on the fish is delicious. The flavors of the fish, onion slaw and avocado match so well...It tastes so fresh and light! This meal would be perfect on a hot summer night with a cold beer. I plan on making it often!

  • NikkiandMark Posted: 03/11/11
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    I sometimes have difficulty cooking fish...and getting my husband to eat it! This turned out beautifully! I did soak the onions in some cold water for about 30 minutes before adding them to the sauce to tone them down a bit. Besides that, I follwed the recipe exactly. I served them with a side of black beans, which I added to the two tacos I reheated for lunch the next day. The beans made them even better!

  • keriblitz Posted: 02/27/11
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    The sauce really MUST be prepared in a mini-food processor. The portion was too small to touch the blades in my standard size processor and I had to borrow a friend's mini. After processing it was a little runny, but very tasty. I don't like raw onions so I left those out. The rub was tasty - not very spicy or overwhelming. I didn't have corn tortillas and subbed flour. It was a nice change for dinner but likely not a repeater.

  • maglover12 Posted: 05/30/11
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    The spice rub for the tilapia adds great flavor. We like to add a little slaw topping too! This will be a go-to summer recipe - we've made it 3 times already!

  • watchingfriends Posted: 05/02/11
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    Excellent, simple, and quick way to prepare Tilapia.

  • Jajooo Posted: 04/21/11
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    I love the marinated spicy onions! I too had problems blackening the fish but I didn't care in the end because it's delicious. Have made this twice, the only thing I change is I like basil on the onions better than cilantro.

  • crumz12 Posted: 05/02/11
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    These were amazing the best fish tacos I have made by far. I used mahi mahi instead of tilipia. I highly recommend these

  • chrismann Posted: 06/19/11
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    Awesome. This made it into our regular meal rotation. Love the use of the sauce and onions rather than the traditional cabbage / slaw you get on baja fish tacos. Fresh lime at the end is a must. Also, we slice the fish into strips, double the recipe for the seasoning, and get a fair amount of it on each of the strips. It really helps blacken the tilapia.

  • BrendaLRGale Posted: 06/04/11
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    These were the BEST fish tacos I've ever had!! The spices on the fish would go well with shrimp, too. All the flavors went so well together. I used ground coriander instead of fresh cilantro and LaTortilla Factory Smart & Delicious tortillas instead of corn tortillas. Can't WAIT for leftovers tonight! For WW members, only 9 pts for everything!

  • TracySmith Posted: 06/23/11
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    Made exactly as directed and they are fantastic! And still great as leftovers! Next time I plan on searing the fish over high heat on our Big Green Egg with some wood chips thrown in for added flavor.

  • CodyMom Posted: 07/19/11
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    The hubby said he thinks this is the best fish taco he's ever had and gave this recipe a five stars. He only asked that I double the onion sauce and have extra avocado on hand next time. Easy to make and I made no substitutions.

  • SClipp2 Posted: 07/20/11
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    My husband and I LOVED this. We did substitute mahi mahi for tilapia and it turned out great. The only thing I would've added more of was salt, but I will admit that I'm a salt lover. LOVE the amount of protein in this recipe! We also made a side salad with avocado, black beans, corn and iceburg. YUM.

  • falljunelaker Posted: 07/24/11
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    This was good. We followed the recipe exactly & didn't have any problems. Maybe not the best fish tacos I've ever had, but good. We're getting spoiled, as we've made some CL recipes that were phenomenal. This isn't in that category, but I really can't think of any complaints with the recipe & we'll make it again.

  • chriskitten8 Posted: 08/14/11
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    These were phenomenal! They were quick, inexpensive and packed with flavor!! The only thing I would do differently next time is add some chipotle chile pepper and less brown sugar... needs a little more spiciness and less sweetness. The onion cream was spot on. This has been added to the rotation!

  • wilsmom97 Posted: 08/31/11
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    These are delish! Made it exactly!! Yummo!!

  • travelchickie Posted: 09/28/11
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    Some of the best fish tacos around. The tilapia was sooo moist and the spice combo delicious. The brown sugar gave it an unusually pleasant kick. I used plain lowfat yoghurt instead of sour cream, works just as well and cools it nicely, and healthier. I substituted mint for cilantro just because I hate cilantro and the mint worked great. I would add more veggies to the mix, maybe simply some torn lettuce. I used blue corn tortillas. Easy and yummy.

  • eabenz Posted: 10/18/11
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    We LOVE these fish tacos and have made them several times. I usually sub in chipotle pepper powder for the cayenne to add a bit of smokiness without losing the "kick" in the spice mixture. I forgot to add cumin last night when I made them and didn't miss it a bit. We don't care for raw onions so I shredded some cabbage, carrot, and used some left over spaghetti squash to make the jalapeno sauce mixture and it was delicious with the tacos.

  • Princess222 Posted: 11/02/11
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    This recipe is fantastic. I didn't change anything and have made this twice. The last time for a dinner party of 8 where I set up a Mexican Food Bar and our guests made their own Baja Tacos. I might add, our guests were die-hard Texans with picky palettes for Tex-Mex dishes. Everyone loved this dish and the cilantro rice I served on the side.

  • badams Posted: 10/31/11
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    Sauce is excellent, but recipe overall is lacking. Disappointing after all the rave reviews.

  • Bethany101 Posted: 11/29/11
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    This is a great recipe that is quick to pull together and serve in larger quantities. I served w/ spanish rice and a green salad.

  • carolfitz Posted: 01/18/12
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    Superfast and very easy. Made to recipe except held the sliced onion in some cold water while prepping the rest of the meal, then drained before mixing with jalapeno sauce. Nice spice rub for fish and good combo of flavors & textures in the taco. Served with some red refried beans & chiles and a bit more sliced jalapeno and scallion to taste. Very good.

  • No Longer Registered Posted: 01/03/12
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    I made this last night for dinner and we loved it. I like the seasoning blend for the fish very tasty. I did not have fresh cilantro so I didn't make the sauce just used the sour cream. I loved the avocado but the hubby did not. I will make this one again.

  • lovecl1 Posted: 05/04/12
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    I prepared this for friends and everyone loved it! No leftovers. Definitely going to make it again...it's so easy and so good.

  • zoeytu Posted: 06/15/12
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    I made this last night for dinner and it was dee-licious!! Loved it, I will definitely be making this again! The rub was great, if you want to use this alone, but I'm thinking why not make the taco's! It was great, you really need try this dish!!

  • MadamMaddyKJ26 Posted: 03/09/12
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    I even forgot to avocado on my tace and I loved them. Great recipe!

  • ajvogt Posted: 02/24/12
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    We loved this recipe. Pretty easy and really tasty! I couldn't find tilapia so I used salmon instead. One half an avocado may have made it healthier but we used more than that! I don't think it is necessary to soak the onions. After being in the sour cream sauce they lost a lot of their strong onion flavor. Yummy

  • Iowapharm Posted: 04/17/13
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    Simple recipe. Incredibly delicious.

  • Nattymom Posted: 04/18/13
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    We have made this several times and everyone loves it. Not too spicy but great flavor..we normally add a little bit of Monteray Jack cheese with it and always use fresh tortillas.

  • steponme Posted: 03/06/12
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    These were wonderful. I thought the onion would be strong and overpowering, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't at all.

  • caker30 Posted: 10/06/12
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    These were fabulous! We didn't have any leftovers. Made the recipe exactly and added salt to taste at the end. So delicious and easy.

  • jenkar14 Posted: 08/01/12
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    These are fantastic. My husband and I made these last week and absolutely loved them. Relatively easy to make and amazing flavors. We will definitely be making these again.

  • amyk471 Posted: 04/24/12
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    Absolutely delicious! The rub on the filet was yummy and they were so quick and easy. I think these will become part of the regular dinner line up!

  • Wkeiko Posted: 06/20/12
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    I made these for dinner with some frozen tilapia that had been given to me by moving neighbors-wonderful! I pan seared the fish in my cast iron wok and replaced the sour cream with plain non fat yogurt, even my finicky husband liked them. The avocado slices make these umami! I will definitely make this recipe again.

  • davidz Posted: 04/06/13
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    I made this with one pound of fresh halibut instead of tilapia. The halibut was a bit expensive at $25/lb at whole foods, but it just came into season and it was fresh wild caught halibut and it was really good. I also used only half of a jalapeno instead of a whole one in the jalapeno sauce. The sauce could have been spicier, so I will probably use a whole or 3/4 of the jalapeno next time I make this. I don't use white onion much and it seemed very mild. I don't normally like to eat uncooked onion, but this was great. Overall, I loved the combination of flavors and the spice rub on the fish. I would definitely make this again in the future.

  • CHILDERS1 Posted: 06/27/12
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    Excellent!! The rub was excellent...will make extra next time. My tilapia did not fall apart at all. I did use less red pepper so children would eat it. All six children LOVED it, including my 2 yr. old. I did use flour tortillas instead of corn. I thought the jalapeño sauce would be hot, but it wasn't at all. Loved the raw onions & avocado on top of the fish. Will definitely add this to our regular rotation!

  • BessCooksDinner Posted: 04/13/12
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    Delicious. The 6 oz fillets provide a very generous serving of fish. I cut my fillet lengthwise, putting one half in each tortilla and added the avocado slices and onion sauce and a squeeze of lime juice, just like the recipe suggests. Yummy but quite messy!

  • NatchB Posted: 02/24/13
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    I love these! So easy and delicious. One of the first things I have ever been confident enough to cook for someone besides myself. I made them even better the second time by turning the corn tortillas into "crispy" taco shells in the oven. So good. I also made the sauce with fat free greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it tasted great.

  • cthunder Posted: 08/03/12
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    Outstanding Pyle! I made this for dinner tonight and my neighbor and myself devoured (I had 3 tacos) these. The sauce and rub were a perfect compliment to each other. This is a perfect meal for a warm summer's night. I served this with Trader Joe's Cuban style Black Beans, Tortilla chips and red grapes for dessert. The only thing missing was an Ice cold beer. I will be DEFINITELY adding this to my rotation along with the beer.

  • SubaruFiend Posted: 01/22/13
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    I baked my tilapia at 400F for 15 minutes after brushing it with olive oil and sprinkling the spices over it. I made the sauce without any jalapeno because I just can't do spicy. It was still PHENOMENAL! I'm so glad I found this recipe because it made me enjoy tilapia again! LOL

  • Jlegrand Posted: 02/21/13
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    just finished eating this dish. the family loved it. I have to say that the lime wedges inhanced the flavor of the meal. Very healthy and perfect for dieters when using multi grain soft taco shells.

  • JessicaJJM Posted: 08/12/12
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    My fianancee made these for a weeknight dinner, and they were fantastic! I was afriad becuase I made a really bad fish taco recipe in the past, but this one was easy and very tasty. The seasonings and sauce make it great! Will make again for sure.

  • teafortwo Posted: 03/25/13
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    This got high marks from my family. I let the onion sit in the sour cream mixture to mellow them out. The rub was delicious. I cooked the fish in a cast iron pan, I think I would half the oil next time as the pan is non-stick. It was delicious! Note; this is a great make ahead dish. You can prepare the seasonings and make the onion mixture the night before for a super quick dinner.

  • montez Posted: 01/12/13
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    This was very good and reallly tasty. I even added shrimp to the fish.

  • Lisa M. Posted: 06/05/13
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    These were a big hit in our family. Not too spicy (I like flavor, not heat) for me but a little kick for my husband. Great blackened seasoning too - I'll be making that again for others things as well.

  • rchainay Posted: 03/30/12
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    Easy and quick! I added Adobo seasoning to blacken mix.

  • Declan28 Posted: 04/02/12
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    Really enjoyed this simple recipe. Husband asked for it again and again. Great way to get more fish in the diet.

  • MyMomDidntTry Posted: 03/18/14
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    Here in the Schmeegal household, onions are a main staple. We eat them at every meal and even use them in our aromatherapy session (to combat the awful Missouri allergy season(S!) ;) We just toe, toe, totallay love this recipe...not just because of the onion, either!!! All of the flavors are amazing...of course we add extra onion, and we use a carved out, grilled onion instead of corn tortilla (delish!) but other than that, we follow the recipe to a T. :)

  • larvizu09 Posted: 09/04/13
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    One of the best fish tacos we've had! I've made it two weeks in a row and seconds was requested! :) success! I didn't change anything but will def make the sauce with 2 jalapeños so I can taste a little kick to it. Keeping this recipe!

  • heatherlashelle Posted: 08/18/14
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    ok I have to ask.. what recipe site is CL? I'm not familiar with it and I've seen it mentioned several times in these reviews.

  • jemanz41 Posted: 08/04/13
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    Great recipe for light fish tacos.

  • lern2fli Posted: 07/16/14
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    I LOVED these! Even though I am not a fan of tilapia, I think it was a light enough fish to just have the texture needed and the spices were fantastic on it. My fish did not fall apart like some of the reviewers said. The sauce was delicious, though I think next time I will add a little more jalapeno, I made it with red onions because I like them better and we also used flour tortillas.

  • JRabb3 Posted: 08/09/13
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    Great weekday meal, easy n tasted great

  • rlt009 Posted: 07/20/13
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    Wasn't expecting the amazing flavor on this given the simple recipe. The spices were great on the fish and could easily be delicious on other meats or fish. It's the jalapeno/cilantro sauce that really puts this dish on top. I added a little greek yogurt to the jalapeno sauce and onion to thicken it. I'm a huge avocado fan, but as none of the avocados we got from the store turned out to be edible, I left them out and it was still a great meal.

  • kborchardt Posted: 07/16/13
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    This was the first fish taco recipe I've attempting making, and we really liked them! I added some pre-chopped coleslaw with the onions and jalapeño sauce for extra veggies/crunch!

  • santanam Posted: 07/08/13
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    Super easy to make and full of flavor. The entire family loved it!

  • cconnito Posted: 01/27/14
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    I make these (or some variation of them) all the time. I love the tip from a couple other reviewers about soaking the onions. Sometimes I do it with green cabbage instead of onions, sometimes I do a mix of both. I always add a touch of salt in the food processor to the sour cream mix, it really brings out the flavor. Sometimes I use two jalepenos, sometimes I use greek yogurt, sometimes I don't have a lime… It's always delicious. We have topped with pico, or grilled zucchini/squash. We've also topped with red cabbage (if i'm not doing my slaw mix with cabbage already). It all depends on what we have in the refrigerator. The fish seasoning is perfection.

  • MrsKDunn Posted: 01/15/14
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    I made this for the most part using the directions but I took out the avocado and used fresh mixed green salad instead. It is really delicious. My entire family loves it. My husband has been begging me all week to make it again. This will be dinner tonight!

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