Hawaiian Fish Tacos 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Nourish Jun 2, 2016

These fish tacos get their flavor from the mouthwatering, sweet-tangy-meaty-salty pairing of pineapple and smoky, lean Canadian bacon -- a more healthful substitute for ham.

The fish is marinated in a savory mix of soy, ginger, scallion, lime and brown sugar; it can be cooked outdoors as well as in a grill pan on the stove top.

Make Ahead: The fish needs to marinate (at a cool room temperature or in the refrigerator) for 30 to 60 minutes.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • For the tacos
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus 8 lime wedges for serving
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, freshly grated ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 large scallions (white and light-green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 pounds mahi-mahi fillets or other white, flaky fish
  • 3 1/2 ounces Canadian bacon (4 slices)
  • Eight 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into small dice
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage (from about 3 1/2 ounces cabbage)
  • For the sauce
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce, such as Sriracha


For the tacos: Whisk together the soy sauce, the 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, the ginger and dark brown sugar in a medium bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in half of the scallions, then add the fish and toss gently to coat. Marinate for 30 to 60 minutes.

Brush a grill pan lightly with oil and place it over medium-high heat. Once the pan is quite hot, add the Canadian bacon; cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until browned and crisped. Transfer to a cutting board; coarsely chop, then place in a small serving bowl. You'll be using the grill pan again; reduce the heat to medium.

Warm the tortillas in the grill pan for 30 seconds per side or just until softened, then wrap them in a clean dish towel or aluminum foil to keep them warm.

Brush the (still hot) grill pan with a little more oil, as needed; add the fish (discard any remaining marinade). Cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Transfer to a serving plate; use a fork to break the fish into chunks, then sprinkle them with the remaining tablespoon of lime juice. Cover with foil to keep warm.

For the sauce: Stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise and chili-garlic sauce in a medium bowl.

To serve, place the red bell pepper, the remaining scallions, the pineapple, cabbage and lime wedges in small serving bowls on the table along with the tortillas, fish and sauce, for DIY assembly.

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Recipe Source

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Kara Elder.

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