EWM: Tilapia Tacos

My new series (who am I kidding, everything is new around here): easy weeknight meals! I call this EWM. Hopefully that’s not an acronym for something disgusting, because I’m going with it.

Side note: the huz recently busted me using the term “money shot” while taking a picture of swiss chard. Turns out, money shot doesn’t mean what I thought it did. I thought it was just a good shot! If you google it, prepare to be disgusted, unless I’m the only one naive enough not to know what it means (quite possible). I’ve been cringing for days thinking of all the times I might have chirped “money shot” in a room full of guys.

Great, now I’ve typed money shot so many times that my blog is going to get flagged for inappropriate content.

Back to the point of this post. You won’t find very many recipes with meat on this blog, but one thing I do like is seafood. So about once every two weeks, I throw together fish tacos, a favorite in our house. My version is really simple and quick, but you can dress it up however you like. In the summer I cook the fish on the grill, but since its still pretty chilly, I baked these on a foil-lined broiler pan.

The key ingredients are:
2 tilapia fillets (I buy the frozen tilapia fillets from Costco so that I always have some on hand)
1 T fresh squeezed lime juice
1 T olive oil
1 T taco seasoning
1 avocado
a few slices red onion
4-6 corn tortillas

Tonight I was feeling crazy so I dressed ours up with:
1 mango
2 T unsweetened coconut
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Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Thaw tilapia fillets if necessary by running under lukewarm water 5-10 minutes (the Costco fillets come in a sleeve so I keep them in the plastic while thawing).
Mix the lime juice, olive oil, and taco seasoning in a small bowl.
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Brush the taco seasoning mixture over both sides of the fillets.
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Bake the fillets in the oven for 20 -25 minutes, or until the fish starts to flake a bit. (The best thing about tilapia is that I can never seem to cook it incorrectly – once I left them on the grill for an extra 10 minutes and they were still good!).

While the fish is cooking:

  • Wrap the tortillas in tin foil and toss them in the oven for the last few minutes that the fish is cooking.
  • Cut up your onion/avocado/mango/any other toppings

When the fish is ready, cut into pieces and divide among tortillas. Add toppings. I like to have two tacos:
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The huz likes three:
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Other topping ideas:
salsa
cheese
red cabbage
black beans

If you have other toppings for your tacos, leave them in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “EWM: Tilapia Tacos

  1. jessica says:

    Was about to write “Love your tacos”…talk about inappropriate. I’m scared to google “Money Shot”…I’ll stay naive. The huz always catches mis-use on these terms!

  2. ling says:

    love love love your blog Molly! I totally went so rogue tonight I went to Le Bouchon! ha ha. but i took your advise from a previous post and made JM an amazing salad with veggie burgers as a topping- so brilliant of you! and after a half bottle of wine- i was laughing sooooo hard on the way home reading your Money Shot blog. YOU, girl, are amazeballs!

  3. johanna says:

    My new fave segment! I’ll make these FO SHO! Jas will love these and the fish taco joke that is inevitable. 🙂

  4. rebecca says:

    I drove by this place today and thought of you:
    http://www.themoneyshotchicago.com/
    Obvs it was a very nice area of town.

  5. Fred S says:

    Talapia always tastes like dirt to me. Trader Joes Mahi Mahi or Tuna for tacos.

    • Molly says:

      I’ll def be picking up TJ’s mahi mahi next time, that sounds good.
      Beets taste like dirt to me, but I like it. That’s weird, I guess.

  6. Linda says:

    Huz and I loved the tilapia tacos. Keep the good recipes coming, I’m better at following than creating. On to the cauliflower soup tonight. Is it OK to cook a EWM on the weekend !

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  8. Meg Vlach says:

    These look so good, Molly! Fish tacos are one of my regulars too, but they couldn’t be more different. So happy to change it up. Terrified of what money shot means. I’ve innocently and naively said so many off color things too (actually asked a dentist once, who told me to swish, if I should spit or swallow). Yes, really.

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  10. Wendy says:

    Molls!

    Your blog is hilarious and I love the pictures. Very well done! I made the fish tacos this evening. I don’t even cook, ever. So you are on to something here.

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