Perfect This Recipe | Fish Tacos

Now that my kitchen is almost back together, I'm ready to get back to cooking!  When Heath and I first came up with the idea of "Perfecting a Recipe" we put together a list of favorite meals that we wanted to really master.  Classic dishes that we wanted to be able to whip up with little thought.  (First we tried pizza dough, and there was a clear winner!)  Next up is a summer favorite: Fish Tacos!  A really good taco, homemade guacamole and a not-too-sweet Margarita is really one of my all time favorite meals.  This week we'll be testing out lots of different Fish Taco recipes to decide which version we personally like best.

Here's our line up:

A Cup of Jo's Best Fish Tacos You'll Ever Have (With Panko!) - this recipe is baked with panko, looks like it may be a healthy alternative to a fried taco!
Cooking Light's Baked Fish Taco - add a few spices to the fish and pop them in the oven, looks very easy, and perfect for a weeknight!
Smitten Kitchen's Fish Tacos, learned straight from Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - looks like a classic, simple version without much fuss.
Cooking Light's Blackened Baja Tacos - looks quick and easy in a cast iron pan, and the blackened crust is a little different!
Katie Lee's Fish Tacos - marinated and then simply sautéed.
Grocery List:
Lots of Tilapia, Mahi Mahi or Preferred White Fish
Egg & Panko
Lots of limes & Cilantro
Onion, & Red Pepper
Tortillas (corn or flour)
Pantry items: Paprika, Thyme, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper/Red Pepper, Brown Sugar, Garlic Power, Cumin, Coriander, Salt, Black Pepper and Oil
Garnish Ideas:
Cilantro Leaves, thinly sliced cabbage, thinly sliced onion, roasted corn, sliced avocado, jalapenos, hot sauce, tomatillo salsa, sour cream
Above is the main grocery list and recipes if you'd like to test these recipes along with us.  (The grocery list is really for the items to cook the fish, not for all of the cream sauces that are listed with some of these recipes.  For the purposes are our experiment, we really wanted to figure out what spices and method of cooking we like best for the fish!)  We'll be posting some fun garnish, topping and salsa ideas on Wednesday if you'd like to try those too, and then we'll report back next Monday on which combination and recipe we like best!  Let us know if you have an awesome recipe we should try too.
~Mary Keller
Image via Aggie's Kitchen


  1. Keep your leftover tortilla shells to make homemade chips! I think they're best in the corn variety. (Honestly haven't tried flour though.) You'll want to double check my oven math here, but you just cut into six wedges, or strips if you're feeling daring, dust with oil, sea salt and cumin and bake on like 375(?!) for a few minutes. Keep your eye on them though...they go quickly!

    1. I like the sound of this Amanda! I'm going to try some of these with homemade guac. They have to be better for us than fried store bought chips??!
      ~Mary Keller