Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw

Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw Recipe
Photo: © Matthew Hranek
Fish tacos are a staple among California surfers but are often beer-battered and fried. Kerry Simon's healthier, grilled version enriches the guacamole with low-fat sour cream.



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Food & Wine


2 Hass avocados—halved, pitted and peeled
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 jalapeńo, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 head of napa cabbage, shredded (4 cups)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
2 pounds thick red snapper fillets with skin, cut crosswise into ten 2-inch-wide strips
10 7-inch flour tortillas, warmed
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
Hot sauce, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving


Light a grill. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados, sour cream, jalapeńo, red onion, cilantro and 3 tablespoons of the lime juice. Season the guacamole with salt and pepper and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole.

In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and the remaining 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Brush the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until lightly charred and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the fish to a platter and pull off the skin.

To assemble each taco, spread a dollop of guacamole on a tortilla. Top with a piece of fish, a few tomato slices and a large spoonful of the cabbage slaw. Serve with the hot sauce and lime wedges.

Kerry Simon,

Food & Wine

June 2008
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