Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saucy Fish Tacos and Scuba Diving

I remember the first time I saw fish tacos on a menu, my thought was yuck, fish taco, REALLY.   Boy have I eaten those words.  I love FISH TACOS and they are now my go to for lunch.  It took Eric, our dive captain to convince me to try them.   2 years ago, just after I started working for Hilton Worldwide, we decided to take advantage of some of the perks and drive down to Key Largo.
After our first day of diving, with Blue Water Divers, we asked  Eric where to go for lunch.  
 By the way, if you are in Key Largo, looking to scuba or snorkel, we HIGHLY recommend Eric and Christi, they are AWESOME!!!
 Eric suggested we try Sharkey's, it is just a short walk down the canal from their dive boat, and he said I had to try the fish tacos.  I was starving by the time we got to the table, all I wanted was a beer and a sandwich with FRENCH FRIES!!
I gotta admit, fish did sound good, I had just spent the last 2 hours swimming through schools of yellow tail snapper.  And, Eric had showed us an incredible day of diving, so I thought I would trust him on the tacos. (and steal some of Gordy's fries)  They were incredible, VERY saucy, just like me!  I have to have them EVERY TIME we go to Key Largo.  
Over the last couple of months, I have been trying to duplicate the recipe at Sharkey's, and last night, I came pretty close.  These are a little spicier than Sharkey's, but I like my food "Hot, hot, hot".
I made a Chipotle-Cilantro Sauce by combining 2 chipotle peppers with some of the adobo sauce, 1/2 cup cilantro, the juice of one key lime, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of garlic salt in my food processor.  I blended it well and put it in the fridge to flavor.  
Just before dinner, I sprinkled 2 grouper fillets with some

Old Bay Blackened Seasoning and seared them in my cast iron skillet, turning after about 2 minutes. 
 I heated 4 flour tortillas in the microwave and filled them with some shredded cabbage, cheese and the fish.  I topped it all with the chipotle sauce.  Next time (lunch this weekend) I am going to also add some sliced avocado and maybe some mango salsa, I think it would compliment the heat of the sauce.  If you feel you need to "lighten" up the sauce, I would suggest using lite sour cream and mayo.  And if you don't like your sauce with a lot of kick, use just one chipotle pepper and a little less sauce.
Chipotle-Cilantro Sauce for Fish Tacos
(print recipe)
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Garlic Salt
1-2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, to taste
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, or to taste

Using your food processor or blender, purée all ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to use.


Marina said...

It sounds so delicious! I think I have an idea what to feed my men tonight

Lacy @ NYCityEats said...

I was a little hesitant about fish tacos also, I just tried them this past summer and I'm in love! I think they're incredible. Yours sound delicious with the grouper and the sauce really tops it off!!

Debbie said...

I just got my husband to eat fish tacos...he loves them! We use talapia and an avocado cream sauce. Your sauce sounds yummy too!

ValleyWriter said...

I LOVE fish tacos! I like them spicy, too - so this sounds like a must-try recipe. (Funny that you first ate them after diving, though. I can never do seafood after diving - makes me feel guilty - LOL!)

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Ohh, I love fish tacos! And your chipotle-cilantro sauce looks SO good!

Ann said...

Man-o-man do those sound delicious! It sounds like you have a GREAT time when you're in Key Largo!

Smitten ByFood said...

I love fish... unfortunately we don't get fish tacos in Malaysia.

Elpiniki said...

Great idea for a quick but nice dish!

griffinsgrub said...

Sounds amazing. I've been craving fish tacos. Thanks for sharing the sauce recipe.

Missy ~Cooking For Two said...

I just love dropping in on your blog. This is delicious! I love fish tacos! YEAH!

Medeja said...

That chipotle - cilantro sauce looks so so good :)

Kiri W. said...

Oh yum! :) That looks fantastic - love fish tacos!

Cucina49 said...

We are big into salmon and halibut tacos up here--your sauce would be great on either of those!

Julie at Burnt Carrots said...

I absolutely love fish tacos! If you are ever in Hawaii - Duke's has by far the best I've ever tasted!