Grilled Fish for Tacos

12 tacos

Rather than double-fry it as they do in Baja, we rubbed ours with 3 spices and grilled it.


  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt

  • 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for garnishing

  • 2 -pound fillet of striped bass or red snapper, skin intact

  • Lime wedges, for garnishing


  1. Stir together spices and salt. Mix in olive oil and cilantro. Use a sharp knife to make shallow slashes about 1 1/2 inches apart into the fish skin; transfer to a large dish and rub both sides with spice mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

  2. Preheat a clean, lightly oiled grill to high heat. Place fish, flesh-side down, on hot grill. Do not move for 3 to 5 minutes, or until fish is opaque. Flip using 2 spatulas. Cook until fish flakes slightly when pressed, about 5 to 7 minutes more.

  3. Transfer fish fillet to a plate. Set aside to cool slightly. Place on a serving platter, shred fillet with fork into bite-size pieces, and garnish platter with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs. Serve immediately, or within 1 hour at room temperature.

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