This is a great recipe for a weeknight meal, because it tastes great and can be whipped up in no time. I do recommend letting the crema sit in the fridge for about an hour before serving to let the flavors mellow and combine. But if you only have 30 minutes? That's fine too! You can also use the homemade spice mixture on shrimp for a great variation on these tacos. These fish tacos have a fair amount of heat from the spicy mixture you rub onto the fillets...and the cilantro-lime crema is tangy and cooling. Together? It's a really fabulous combination of flavors and textures!
Fish Tacos With Cilantro-Lime Crema
adapted from Cooking Light
Step 1: Make the cilantro-lime crema by combining 8 ounces light sour cream, the juice and zest of one lime, 2 tbs. chopped cilantro, 2 sliced green onions, 1 tbs. dried minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Set the crema aside in the fridge while you prepare the tacos.
Step 2: Make the seasoning rub for the fish by combining 1 tsp. kosher salt, 1 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp. paprika, and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Mix to combine and sprinkle evenly on both sides of two large tilapia fillets (about 1 lb. total). Rub the mixture into the fish and let it sit for about 10 minutes at room temperature.
Step 4: To serve, place a few pieces of fish into steamed white corn tortillas. Add a bit of the cilantro-lime crema, some finely shredded cabbage, and shredded Mexican-blend cheese. I buy the angel-hair cabbage mix from the produce department at my local grocery store. You you can use flour tortillas if you prefer, but I really like the corn flavor with these tacos!
I have a couple of exciting posts coming up that I can't wait to share in here! I'm headed out of town tomorrow morning to visit my best girlfriend overnight -- we go all the way back to 8th grade together! She's going to help me get over my fear of cooking with yeast, so we're going to bake some bread! And be sure to come back here Sunday evening to see my entry in the Foodbuzz Tastemaker recipe contest featuring Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken breasts. I'm making a fun salad that's perfect for a Girls' Night dinner...I'm very excited about it and can't wait to share it with y'all!!