Fish Tacos with a Roasted Poblano Salsa

Little fish, little fish, swimming in the water.


Duuuuncha worry. I’m not going to drown your ears out with another song.

But I will say, the day I made these tacos I introduced the babelets to The Little Mermaid. Not the movie (just yet), but the soundtrack!


Or in your mouth!

Such a wonderful movie.

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I used cod this time because I was sick of tilapia. And my sis-in-law scared me saying it was the dirtiest fish in the whole world. I mean under the sea.

Do you like tilapia? Because I do! Now I’m ruined. Am I gross? I’m gross. Ugh. Whatever. I like tilapia. And Sebastian.

I guess the seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake.


The cod is awesome, yeah yeah. But it’s the yogurt/lemon/dill marinade and the roasted poblano salsa (er, sauce?) that’s off the hook. (not sorry) A little prep work early in the day and dinner comes together in a splash.

(now I’m sorry.)



This weekend! Make it happen.

Fish Tacos with a Roasted Poblano Salsa:

What it took for 6 tacos:

for the marinade:

* 1/4 cup greek yogurt
* 1 small pinch each: cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika
* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
* 1 tsp fresh oregano
* 1/2 tsp fresh dill
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 grind black pepper
* 1 pinch coarse salt

for the salsa:

* 2 poblano peppers
* 3 sun-dried tomatoes
* 1 cup loosely packed cilantro
* juice from one lime
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

* 1 pound cod
* 6 corn (or flour) tortillas
* extra cilantro, finely diced white onion and lime wedges for serving

Pat the cod dry and cut it into 1-inch cubes. Place in a shallow bowl or dish.

Whisk all the marinade ingredients together and pour over the fish. Cover and chill for about an hour (up to three).

Turn your oven to broil. Place the peppers on a baking sheet and broil until the peppers are charred and black all over. Remove and place in bowl or plastic bag. Seal or cover and let steam for about 10 minutes. Then remove the skin and seeds.

Throw the pepper strips into a food processor, along with the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse until blended. Chill the salsa until ready to serve.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium high. Using tongs, remove each piece of fish from the dish, shake off any excess marinade and place in the pan. You don’t need to add oil to the pan because there’s so much liquid in the marinade, it would braise your fish otherwise. Once the fish is all in the pan and you discover there’s still too much liquid, just spoon out as much as possible (or tilt your pan to drain it. carefully!) Sear the fish on both sides until you get a nice brown color and the fish is flakey, about 7 minutes total.

To serve, grill or warm your tortillas, and load ’em up with fish and the chilled poblano salsa. Garnish with fresh cilantro and diced onion. Serve with lots of lime wedges because good heavens.

*if you prefer to grill the fish, just cut the cod into strips and marinate the same. That way the fish won’t fall through the grill. Ha-bam.



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25 Responses to Fish Tacos with a Roasted Poblano Salsa

  1. Bri | Bites of Bri June 26, 2014 at 9:44 am #
    I heard the same thing on tilapia, so cod it is! Roasted Poblano Salsa sounds out of this world!
  2. Meredith June 26, 2014 at 9:47 am #
    Adding these to the menu and that salsa sounds out of this world!
  3. Natalie June 26, 2014 at 9:48 am #
    I LOVE these. And I could sing The Little Mermaid soundtrack all day. It's probably a good thing your littles haven't gotten attached to it yet. The princess world is a deep, dark black hole that lasts YEARS. Postpone exposure as long as you can! :)
  4. Emma @ Chick-o-bowl June 26, 2014 at 11:39 am #
    I love fish tacos! Actually, I used to eat a lot of tuna tacos. But cod sounds just as delicious!
  5. Michelle Lahey June 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm #
    I used to love The Little Mermaid! And now "Under the Sea" will be in my head for 10 straight days.
  6. Karen @ The Food Charlatan June 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm #
    Oh, I am SO making this happen. Bring on the poblanos. I'm ready for you. Ps I'm loving the sun dried tomatoes in there.
  7. Millie l Add A Little June 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm #
    MMmmmm these look totally amazing!
  8. Sheila June 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm #
    No apologies! Little Mermaid is one of my all time fave Disney movies. Now I'm going to be singing undah dah sea undah dah sea all day long! These tacos look amazing. My sister in law insists shrimp are the dirtiest thing ever...bottom feeding insects she actually said as she sat at the shrimp boil I had prepared....good thing my mouth was stuffed with shrimp and she couldn't understand my reply ;)
    • Bev Weidner June 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm #
      Hahahahah! I've heard the exact same thing, but for some reason I can't stop eating shrimp. I'm disgusting.
  9. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm #
    Dirty fish story reminds me of all the infertile pigs used to make Italian sausage - lol. PS: I want 100 of these. PPS: Why are your corn tortillas so dang cute?
  10. Nathalie @ Devoted Foodie June 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm #
    You had me @ fish tacos...the marinade and salsa were a bonus! What corn tortilla are you using? Those look delicious as well!
    • Bev Weidner June 27, 2014 at 8:57 am #
      They're from Trader Joe's! SO so good.
  11. Derek the Zen Chef June 27, 2014 at 12:08 am #
    This looks really nice, Bev! I didn't catch if you made your own taco shells or bought them. They look home made, anyway. I recently tried making tortillas and found it hard - but possible - to get them nice and thin for good wrapping. What is your experience with this? Thanks for sharing a great looking recipe! D
    • Bev Weidner June 27, 2014 at 8:56 am #
      They're from Trader Joe's! I've actually never made my own tortillas, but have always wanted to try. One day!
  12. Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion June 27, 2014 at 7:20 am #
    I looooooove fish tacos, every time its taco night, I make a small batch of fish for myself. Love this!
  13. Emily @ Tips on Healthy Living June 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm #
    My biggest problem with tilapia is that it is generally farm-raised, so usually tastes mushy to me. I'm a big fan of cod, though! And fish tacos. So this looks delish. Thanks!
  14. Kathleen @ My Trader Joes June 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm #
    Hi Bev my family and I love fish tacos. We have tried fresh Cod but prefer Alaskan Halibut. My teenager says, “It’s all in the marinade” which I cannot disagree is a contributing factor but all of the ingredients play an important part. Emily stated about Tilapia that was farm-raised usually taste mushy, but we have other experiences with a local grower to be the opposite. It’s still not our preferred fish but open to try anything. Sort of got side tracked from this post but wanted to leave a commit that we liked your recipe and wanted to let others to give them a try. You’ll be happy you did.
  15. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 29, 2014 at 11:55 pm #
    Can I eat this for a midnight snack?
  16. Jennie @themessybakerblog June 30, 2014 at 8:05 am #
    Best. Soundtrack. Evah! You gotta love the clickty-click of Sebastian's little claws. These tacos look wicked tasty.
  17. Carol at Wild Goose Tea June 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm #
    I love fish tacos. What a simple and spicy way to put them together. This is a little different than what I have had or fixed. Awesome.;
  18. Jennie @themessybakerblog July 16, 2014 at 8:03 am #
    Made this. Ate it. Loved it. You should make it too.


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