Coat tilapia with a bold, Baja-style rub of cayenne and oregano and then char-crust it on the grill for taqueria-worthy tacos. Muy bueno!
Active time: 15 minutes II Total time: 20 minutes II Makes 4 main-dish servings
- 1 large lemon
- 2-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 pinch salt
- 2 ears corn, husked
- 1 avocado, cut in half and pitted
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (ground red) pepper
- 1 pound skinless tilapia fillets
- 12 small corn tortillas
- 1 large ripe tomato, finely chopped
- Fresh cilantro leaves, for servings
- Lime wedges, for serving
- Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. From lemon grate 2 teaspoons peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice.
- Use 1/2 teaspoon oil and pinch salt to rub all over corn and cut sides of avocado; set aside on plate. On another plate, combine garlic, oregano, cayenne, lemon peel, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Place fish on mixture and rub all over to coat.
- Place fish, corn and avocado cut sides down, on hot grill grate. Cook fish 3 to 4 minutes or until opaque throughout, turning over once, cook vegetables 5 minutes or until charred, turning occasionally.
- Transfer fish, corn, and avocado to cutting board to cool. Place tortillas on grill in single layer and cook 1 minute, turning once. Stack on large sheet of foil and wrap tightly.
- Cut kernels from corncobs. Peel and finely chop avocado. Break fish into large chunks. In large bowl, mix together tomato, corn, avocado, reserved lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Divide fish and tomato mixture among tortillas and serve with cilantro and lime wedges.
Tip: Flounder, catfish, or any mild white fish would be a good substitute for the tilapia. Grill fish fillets only 8 to 10 minutes per inch of thickness.
Each serving (3 tacos): About 420 calories, 31g protein, 49g carbohydrate, 13g total fat (2g saturated), 9g fiber, 52mg cholesterol, 425mg sodium
– from the Good Housekeeping cookbook, “400 Heart Healthy Recipes and Tips”.