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Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa are light, fresh and perfect for your summer taco night and a great way to get healthy Omega 3s without that fish smell in your home. Cod is marinated in tropical flavors, grilled to create a flavorful fish taco.  Mango, pineapple, cilantro, red onion and lime juice create the perfect tropical salsa to top your tacos! 

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa on cutting board

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa

I am excited to share the perfect summer taco with you guys today! These Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa make a quick and easy summer dinner with little mess and lots of flavor.

Before we talk about the recipe, let’s talk for a minute about seafood.  As a child I had a fear of eating fish. I think a lot of children and even some adults can relate to this fear. When I was in the 3rd grade we lived in Portland, Maine for a few years, where of course seafood is abundant.  My mom would take my sisters and I to a local fish market on a weekly basis to buy seafood.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa with cabbage

I distinctly remember the smell of the seafood market when we walked in and then the smell of the seafood when my mom cooked it at home. I am pretty sure that is where my fear or dislike of seafood came from as a child. Of course, now as an adult who loves seafood, I deeply regret this time in my life.  I lived in one of the best places for seafood and missed out on so many fresh seafood meals.

For those of you who can relate, I am here to offer you some tips on how to prepare and cook fish in a way that doesn’t stink up the house. This is especially important if you have picky eaters that are turned off by the smell. I am excited to be partnering with Fishpeople Seafood  to help everyone Fear No Fish !

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa with garnish

Fishpeople Seafood, based in Portland, OR, is doing amazing things in sustainable seafood.  I am always a big supporter of these types of companies and organizations.  They are sourcing responsibly caught, sustainable seafood from American fisherman.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa in taco shell

Today I am tackling the fear that many have of the smell that fish leaves in your house when you cook it.  One of my go-to answers for this is to grill the fish.  The grill is such a great way to cook fish and will alleviate the smell that can linger from cooking fish in your house. A few other grilled fish recipes we make a lot are this Grilled Tilapia and this Grilled Soy Brown Sugar Salmon

I used Fishpeople Wild Pacific Cod , which you can find in the frozen seafood section of your local Walmart {you can locate their product using this site }.  The cod makes the perfect seafood choice for fish tacos because it doesn’t have an overpowering taste and becomes soft and buttery once grilled.

When it comes to grilling seafood I am a big proponent of marinating it first. For these Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa I used a tropical marinade of lime juice, olive oil, cumin, garlic and cayenne pepper.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa with lime

HOW DO YOU MAKE FISH TACOS?

Lets talk about how easy this recipe is to put together: once the cod is defrosted you add it to a large ziplock bag with the marinade and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours or ideally overnight. Then when you are ready to cook the cod you heat your grill and cook each side for 3-4 minutes. It is that easy!

And what better way to help those fish tacos shine then adding a sweet, tropical salsa using pineapple, mango, cilantro, lime juice and red onion. The salsa added so much flavor to the tacos and of course is also great with chips. When you assemble your tacos go ahead and add your other favorite garnishes like red cabbage, avocado and a drizzle of sour cream.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa with garnish

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa are light, fresh and perfect for your summer taco night. Cod is marinated in tropical flavors, grilled to create a flavorful fish taco. Mango, pineapple, cilantro, red onion and lime juice create the perfect tropical salsa to top your tacos!

Ingredients

  • 1 package Fishpeople Wild Pacific Cod, defrosted {there are 2 filets in the package}

For the marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cayenne red pepper
  • Dash of salt and pepper

For the tropical salsa:

  • 1 cup pineapple, chopped
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Defrost the cod in the refrigerator overnight. Once defrosted add the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, minced garlic, cayenne red pepper and salt and pepper to a large ziplock bag along with the cod. Seal the ziplock bag and gently massage the marinade into the cod. Refrigerate for 2 hours or ideally overnight.
  2. Once you are ready to grill the fish remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter while you heat the grill. Preheat your grill to high heat.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together the pineapple, mango, fresh cilantro, lime juice, red onion and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. Once the grill is preheated oil the grill and then turn down to medium-high. Grill the fish for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and chop the cod into small chunks.
  5. To assemble tacos place the code into a tortilla and then top with the tropical salsa and additional garnishes like red cabbage, avocado and sour cream.

Today’s post is sponsored by Fishpeople Seafood. As always, opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that allow me to create new and delicious recipes! 

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