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May 21, 2009 07:43 AM

Fish or Shrimp Tacos on the Grill

Once a year DH and I head down to Los Cabos and absolutely love the fish and shrimp tacos made off the grill down there. Every time I come across a recipe for them however, they are the battered and fried version. What I'm looking for most likely consists of a simple marinade, some wonderful crema and good fresh guacamole. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks much!

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  1. That's exactly what I want to serve for supper tonight! I hope someone answers!

    1. What item do you need help on? The guac, the marinade, crema or fish? All of the above?

      Pretty simple stuff. You can grill a sturdy fish like mahi or grouper. Softer fishes work but may be a problem for some people without a fish grill basket. Do you like a citrus marinade or tomato based marinade. In the Yucatan a puree of peppers might be used which would include habaneros. I keep my guac simple, A couple of hass avocados, some diced red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, salt and pepper. A dash of olive oil to give it some shine. For fish tacos I would also include shredded cabbage and thin slices of radish as a topping if you want some crunch. You can buy crema at the supermarket.

      1. For shrimp tacos I just dust them with chili powder and cumin, skewer and grill. Squeeze a bit of lime on while they cook. Again with fish I keep the flavors simple - ground chiles, a squeeze of lime or lemon, salt & pepper. Then I usually make a salsa of some sort, lettuce and radishes.

        1. I've been using this recipe from Bon Appetit, although I cheat and used jarred salsa verde (La Victoria chunky medium) rather than make it from scratch. Also, after the first time, I stopped making the lime mayonnaise as we just weren't using it.

          1. This recipe for "Grilled Shrimp with Ancho Pasilla Sauce" is really good:


            For a more simple version, like they make in Baja, I would marinate the shrimp in oil, garlic, lemon or lime juice, salt and freshly ground pepper for an hour or so, and then put them on a skewer and grill them.

            You can buy mexican crema at any Mexican grocer. For the guac, I make mine with a little bit of garlic, cilantro, white onion (diced finely), sometimes a chopped tomato, lime juice and salt and pepper. You also will want to serve shredded cabbage and a pico de gallo salsa with the tacos.

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            1. re: DanaB

              Guac I can do with no problem. I was hoping for some fish suggestions, marinades and any other accompaniments I might have been missing. Ideally, I was looking for a very simple olive oil, lemon/lime juice marinade that would let the good quality of whatever fish I had chosen come through.

              Masha, I had checked out that BA recipe and it looked pretty good to me. Glad you liked it as well!

              1. re: kwe730

                "was looking for a very simple olive oil, lemon/lime juice marinade that would let the good quality of whatever fish I had chosen come through"

                Sounds like you already know what to do. Go for it, sounds good!