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Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce

Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Theo Vamvounakis
Hands-on time 26 mins
Total time 26 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)
Tilapia is a sustainable freshwater fish that's widely available and offers mild flavor. You can use a more assertively flavored fish, such as mackerel, if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1/2 medium jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro stems
  • 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise (such as Hellmann's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups very thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 291
  • fat 10.3 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 5 g
  • polyfat 2.6 g
  • protein 28.5 g
  • carbohydrate 23.4 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 64 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 375 mg
  • calcium 55 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler to high.

  2. Arrange garlic, tomatillos, and jalapeño in a single layer on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Broil 3 minutes on each side or until blackened. Combine tomatillo mixture, cilantro stems, mayonnaise, sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor or blender; blend until smooth.

  3. Combine cabbage, juice, and oil in a medium bowl; toss to coat.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish to pan; cook 2 minutes. Turn fish over; cook 1 minute.

  5. Working with 1 tortilla at a time, heat tortillas over medium-high heat directly on the eye of a burner for about 15 seconds on each side or until lightly charred. Arrange half of a tilapia fillet in center of each tortilla; top each with 1/4 cup cabbage mixture, about 1 1/2 tablespoons tomatillo mixture, and about 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro leaves.

Cook's Notes

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Also appeared in: Cooking Light, May, 2013;