June 20, 2013

fish & chips challenge

Abandoning my English heritage (alright, those ancestors came here 200, even 300 years ago…) to bow to our proximity to Baja; my guys & I would much rather eat pescado y papas fritas tortillas fritas TOSTITOS® SCOOPS!®.
They don’t really like this local jointand their palate is not “refined” enough to enjoyKristen’s choice of ingredients for the June Improv Challenge offered a little chance to think “outside the basket” for a recipe. 2-fish-basketOur favorite place to eat fish is soooooooo far away…Capture…but we often try to revisit the flavors. So today, I wanted to create a Baja-style fish & “chips” recipe. (I’d much rather wrap the fish in a fresh, warm, corn tortilla; but decided to stick with the “chip” theme and make a little less work in my hot kitchen…)DSCN7658So actually, we’ve got a couple recipes for the price of one today: the dry rub for the fish, the chipotlé crema for the cabbage, and the mango pico de gallo.
For the dry rub you’ll need:
  • 1Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • olive oil
Stir the dry ingredients together. Drizzle the oil over the fish. (For this meal I used about a pound and a half of halibut.) Sprinkle with the rub & work lightly into the fish. Cover until grilling time!makindryrubEarlier in the day I made my shredded cabbage with chipotlé crema:
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotlé Tabasco
  • juice from 1/2 lime (1-2 liquid oz.)
  • 4 cups finely shredded cabbage
Blend together all but the cabbage. Then pour over cabbage & mix well. Chill until ready to serve.potlecremaAnd, even earlier in the day I made the mango pico de gallo:
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 ripe mangos
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 6 green onions
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
(Make sure you adjust your ingredients according to your personal salsa taste. We don’t like a lot of cilantro, but love garlic & lime…) Finely chop & stir together.mangopicoAfter the hubs got home, the grill was lit & the fish put on after the pre-heat.grillinI set up the little tortilla cups on my platter.DSCN7647Filled the bottom with grilled fish.DSCN7651Added the chipotlé crema/cabbage mixture.DSCN7652Spooned a bit of the mango pico, and then topped them with an avocado slice.DSCN7656mmmmmmmmmmm – so delish!DSCN7660My boys got tired of the taco that disappeared in one bite, so we wrapped theirs up in a flour tortilla.I tell you – I love it when dinner can be cooked outdoors!
Check out the other fish & chips interpretations in the links below:


  1. I'm not a fan of fish, but this is awfully tempting to change my mind.

  2. Although I live on the opposite coast, I love love love me some Baja style fish tacos! These are so cute and clever :)

  3. Wow! This is an incredibly creative recipe! I love fish tacos and this these are just adorable. How unique!

  4. This looks like a keeper! (Makes me hungry!)

  5. Yummy!!! That looks so delicious I'm seriously salivating over the keyboard!

  6. A great idea for an appy! I like Wahoo like you, but since they are not in NJ I can only enjoy them when visiting my daughter on the west coast.

  7. What a great little appetizer. I love the mango in there! Fish tacos are one of my favorite foods! :)

  8. These are so cute! They would be a great appetizer for a summer party.

  9. Great recipe! Love your mango pico also!

  10. What a cute fish taco! Your mango pico sounds sooo good!

  11. Great pictures. I love the chips, although I would probably leave the fish off. I'm just not into Mexican inspired fish dishes. I really should try to stretch myself in this way. Thanks for sharing. I love the Improv. It provides some new ideas.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda@Tumbleweed Contessa

  12. Oh, I am so going to try this! What a great appetizer too! Isn't it funny how our favorite is always the small out of the way place...The best food!


  13. Wow, I could put away a TON of these! What an excellent recipe for the Improv Challenge :)

  14. Wow! Those look out of this world! What a flavorful and tasty recipe.

  15. What lovely tacos! Love what you came up with for the challenge! I've been meaning to try fish tacos... thanks for the nudge. :) A great way to work with the fish and chips theme!


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