Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa – flavorful and moist mahi-mahi cooked with jalapeno and citrus paired with a fresh mango salsa equals the perfect fish taco bite every time.
I’m a little rusty in front of the camera but a few weeks ago my husband invited me to host his weekly facebook live show, The Hunger Trap. I’d been dragging my feet for weeks until finally, I said yes and through this little number together.
I had so much fun on the show that it reminded me why I started the blog. To share deliciously flavorful, soulfully inspired and beautifully crafted recipes to those looking to become better home-cooks. Somewhere along the way, I got sidetracked. I got too ingrained in the politics of this space, developed a lot of self-doubt and eventually talked myself out of blogging.
But I’ve realized now more than ever that voices like mine, need to be heard, shared, amplified. So I hope you forgive me for my absence and accept this recipe for Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos as a piece offering.
HOW TO MAKE SPICY CITRUS FISH TACOS
Welcome in the Summer with these bright and flavorful Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos. In about 30 minutes scrumptious chunks of moist mahi-mahi cooked down in a spicy citrus reduction and cooled off with your favorite toppings making this your new favorite weeknight staple.
Make you mango salsa ahead of time and be sure to let it chill in the fridge for a bit. The cool mango chunks will help offset the spicy fish taco.
I like to first brown my fish quarters on each side for a minute and a half to give them color and flavor (not to cook through). I used mahi-mahi but you can use any white flaky fish of your choice.
Then I cook down the vegetables and add back in the fish in addition to orange juice, lime juice, and cilantro and bring to a simmer. Once done, I pile the fish on warmed corn tortillas and topped with my favorite salsa, sour cream and spices. My faves are mentioned down below in the recipe notes.
And if you are anything like me you are probably eyeing the plate as much as you are eyeing the tacos. Isn’t it beautiful? I snagged it from my friend @sparkleandsoul on Instagram. She makes stunning one-of-a-kind pottery so be sure the check out her work.
When are mangoes in season?
Though you can find them year-round, Mango season is May – September, with the peak of the season being in June and July.
How do you know when a mango is ripe?
You can tell if a mango is ripe by giving it a squeeze. The softer the fruit, the riper it is. You can also give it a sniff at the stem; if it smells sweet and fruity, it’s ready my friend!
How to properly peel a mango?
Using a paring knife, you’ll want to cut long ways down the mango near the stem while avoiding the seed. Do this on all sides of the seed. Then make a grid with your paring knife thru the flesh of the fruit, making squares. You can then use a spoon to scoop out the ripe squares.
Fresh vs frozen mango?
You can use fresh or frozen mangoes for this recipe. Frozen mangoes can be a pretty convenient option when mangoes are out of season.
Can other types of fish be used?
Any flaky white fish can be used. Halibut, Cod, Grouper, Snapper. There’s a lot to choose from. Pick your fav and enjoy!
Fresh vs frozen mahi-mahi?
Fresh or frozen Mahi-Mahi works perfectly. Frozen fish tends to be more convenient, especially if your favorite fish is out of season. Make sure to thaw your frozen Mahi-Mahi properly before cooking. Thaw in the fridge the night before or submerge in cold water for about 30 mins to an hour before cooking.
- 2 mangos chopped medium
- ¼ red onion chopped small
- ½ jalapeno chopped small
- 3 sprigs cilantro chopped fine
- 1 lime(s) juiced
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 mahi-mahi filets quartered
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning
- 3 tablespoons oil divided
- ½ red onion chopped medium
- 1 jalapeno chopped medium
- 3 garlic cloves chopped fine
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 lime(s) juiced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 5 sprigs cilantro chopped fine
- 12 corn tortillas
- 3 teaspoons Tajin Clasico Seasoning garnish (optional)
- Cacique sour cream optional
- Herdez green guacamole salsa optional
To make mango salsa:
- In a bowl add the mangos, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and kosher salt, mix together and place in the refrigerator until fish is ready.
To make fish & tortillas:
- Season fish evenly on both sides with all-purpose seasoning. Heat a large skillet over medium heat add 2 tablespoons of oil; once hot add fish and cook for 1 ½ minute on each side. Cook fish in batches, so as not to overcrowd the skillet. Remove fish from skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet, add the red onion and jalapeno, cook for 2 minutes then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add fish back to the skillet in addition to the orange juice, lime juice, salt and black pepper, cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Stir occasionally and fish should start to fall apart as it cooks.
- While fish cooks, heat a small skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 teaspoon of oil and add 1 tortilla, cook for 30 seconds each side. Place finished tortillas on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel.
- In each tortilla add 2 heaping tablespoons fish, 2 teaspoons mango salsa. Add your favorite toppings like sour cream, green salsa, and/or Tajin seasoning for garnish.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
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