Dry-Rubbed Fish Tacos

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Dry-Rubbed Fish Tacos

Dry-Rubbed Fish Tacos


Mint-chipotle mayonnaise

  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 6 Mint leaves stems removed and leaves finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp Chipotle pepper pureed (add more for desired heat)
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice


  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 4 cups plain Coleslaw mix (no dressing added)

For fish

  • 1-1/2 lbs Cod filet boneless, skinless (or any fish of your choice)
  • 8 Soft flour taco shells (6 inch shells)
  • 1/2 lb jicama peeled and sliced to match stick size
  • 1/2 lb Tomato sliced thin
  • 1 Avocado peeled, pitted, and sliced thin
  • 4 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Curry powder
  • 2 tsp Ginger powder
  • Canola Oil
  • Salt & Pepper


Mint-chipotle mayonnaise:

  • Combine all ingredients and set aside.


  • Combine olive oil, vinegar, and honey in a small bowl. Whisk until well blended and toss with coleslaw mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For fish

  • Combine spice mixture of paprika, cumin, curry, and ginger in a small bowl.
  • Slice fish filets into 1/2 thick strips. Sprinkle filets with salt and lightly coat all sides with spice mixture. Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add enough canola oil to just cover bottom of pan. Allow oil to lightly smoke and carefully place fish strips in pan, without touching each other. Cook each side for 45 seconds and remove to plate.
  • Place tacos shells on plate. Add coleslaw mixture, avocado, jicama, and tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add fish and top with a dollop of mint-chipotle mayonnaise. Makes 8 tacos.


This recipe is from Cape Sea Grille, 31 Sea Street, Harwich Port • capeseagrille.com
This recipe is from Cape Cod LIFE’s second annual “Best of” recipe section from the April 2017 issue.
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Judy Shortsleeve

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