Ellie Krieger’s HEALTHY Fish Tacos

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!
(that’s the 5th of May for you non Spanish-speaking folks!)

In San Diego today, there will be multiple opportunities to eat a terrific Mexican feast, and for some… it’s an excuse to partake in the consumption of multiple margaritas and tequila shots! Things can get pretty crazy in the bars today. So I think I’ll stick with the Mexican feast at home. We love our fish tacos but we usually have the Baja Style deep-fried original. Summer is on it’s way and we’re attempting to eat lighter, so we tried Ellie Krieger’s version: Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream.

This healthy version of the fish taco is very easy to put together. Tilapia is marinated lightly for about 20 minutes (though you can use any white fish that flakes apart easily… snapper, cod, orange roughy.)

While the fish is marinating, you have time to shred some cabbage, take corn out of the freezer, chop up cilantro and slice some limes. The sauce is a simple mix of yogurt, mayo and chiles in adobo. It’s a spicy sauce, but you don’t notice it so much since there’s just a small dollop inside each fish taco. The fish is grilled up quickly, and the tortillas are thrown on the grill too just before serving.


My family loved these… which is BIG because they’re quite used to the deep-fried version. Don’t skip out on the chilies in the sauce… it’s what adds the flavor to the meal. My 6 year old gobbled these up like he hadn’t eaten in days (with cabbage, corn and sauce within.) He even asked for a squeeze of lime. I love that he is more open to eating a variety of things than his peers.

I hope this inspires you to think about creating a Mexican feast tonight! And maybe you’d even like some Margarita Cake for dessert.

This healthy fish taco recipe can be found here:  Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

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32 Responses to “Ellie Krieger’s HEALTHY Fish Tacos”

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    Peter M — May 5, 2008 @ 2:50 PM

    Hola…I’m sold…chipotle mayo!

    Have a few tacos for me, all I have nearby is Taco Bell.;(

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    Grace — May 5, 2008 @ 3:27 PM

    this has nothing to do with your yummy tacos, but i feel like i need to share it: ellie krieger’s husband is a total stud. i saw him on her show yesterday and all i could think was “you go, girl!” that’s all. :)

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    moowiesqrd — May 5, 2008 @ 4:18 PM

    I love fish tacos… great pictures! It’s one of those things I have yet to try at home, but I’m always thinking about it.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I edited it this morning… turns out I had a closeup of that carrot cake (I think the platter picture is my friend’s plate, because my c-cake had the grill marks on it). If you need any more encouragement to try Eclipse, come on back. :)

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    Lisa — May 5, 2008 @ 4:33 PM

    Thanks for all these great recipes. I just love making fish tacos. For fast take out, the ones at Baja Fresh are really good. Happy Cinco de mayo!

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    Laura — May 5, 2008 @ 5:22 PM

    Yummm… I’ve mentioned before that I love Mexican food and I forgot it was Cinqo de Mayo today until I opened your blog! And I am making SE Asian food tonight. Oooops. Thanks for sharing the tacos though, they look divine.

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    Nicole — May 5, 2008 @ 5:28 PM

    It is funny how much more into Cinco de Mayo San Diego is than up here. Not to say that the bars in the beach towns aren’t still crazy-any excuse to party. I love chipotle creams etc… I should make something Mexican tonight if just for the kids and I. I am due for a market run anyway.

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    Zita — May 5, 2008 @ 5:29 PM

    Aww… fish taco, never thought about it… looks yummy, must try it soon :)

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    Mike of Mike's Table — May 5, 2008 @ 5:50 PM

    This sounds delicious!

    I just tried my first attempt at fish tacos last night. I was skeptical (never had them before), but now I’m a believer! Very nice work

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    Sharon — May 5, 2008 @ 6:54 PM

    I had already planned on making fish tacos tonight, so I’m glad you posted this. I might have to try the chipotle cream. I usually just stick to a little salsa on the side, but that sounds delicious!

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    Chef Erik — May 5, 2008 @ 8:14 PM

    Oh mama mia! I live for fish tacos. This is my favorite holiday. I’m obbsesed with Mexican food, even more so with chipotle. Yum Yum can I have some.

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    Jessy and her dog Winnie — May 5, 2008 @ 8:33 PM

    Happy cinco de mayo!

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    Cookie baker Lynn — May 5, 2008 @ 9:37 PM

    Mmm, these look like a perfect Cinco de Mayo dinner. I’ll take that margarita cake, too, please.

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    noble pig — May 6, 2008 @ 12:46 AM

    I love this recipe…I make it at least once a month!

    So everyone this is so good! Make it, you will love it.

    Happy Cinco…back to the margarita’s!

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    Susan from Food Blogga — May 6, 2008 @ 1:12 AM

    Got any extra room at the dinner table? ;)

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    Patsyk — May 6, 2008 @ 1:19 AM

    I love fish tacos,but haven’t made them at home. I also love Ellie Krieger’s recipes, so I think I’m gonna have to mark these to try soon. Wish I had thought of them over the weekend, would have been a great meal when the sun came out on Sunday!

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    Marc @ NoRecipes — May 6, 2008 @ 2:45 AM

    Happy Cinco De Mayo! These certainly look healthier than my Tacos Al Pastor, but they look just as tasty:-)

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    Lina — May 6, 2008 @ 3:38 AM

    MUY BIEN! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Your fish tacos look awesome! San Diego has the best Mexican food!

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    Helene — May 6, 2008 @ 3:42 AM

    I’m glad you’re reviewing this recipe. I love fish tacos and with chipotle cream, yum, yum.

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    Emiline — May 6, 2008 @ 5:24 AM

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    The tacos look delicious.

    So Ellie Krieger’s husband is a stud, huh? I’m going to have to watch her show more often.

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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — May 6, 2008 @ 8:54 AM

    I would love to bite into one of those delicious tacos…..CRUNCH!!!!!

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    VeggieGirl — May 6, 2008 @ 10:35 AM

    Happy belated Cinco de Mayo!!! Your tacos look like the perfect entrée for the occasion :0)

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    CookiePie — May 6, 2008 @ 11:27 AM

    These look delicioso! Fish tacos are my all-time favorite, and yours are especially appealing — chipotle cream… yum…!

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    Maryann — May 6, 2008 @ 11:47 AM

    Can you believe I’ve never had a fish taco? I really have to get on the ball! :)

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    Gretchen Noelle — May 6, 2008 @ 12:46 PM

    I love your assembly set up!

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — May 6, 2008 @ 3:53 PM

    I love fish tacos! They are my favs! We have some great places around here to enjoy them!

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    Kristen — May 6, 2008 @ 4:40 PM

    Oh my gosh… that looks AMAZING! Wow! Can’t wait to give this a try.

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    Deborah — May 6, 2008 @ 5:25 PM

    I love fish tacos, and these sound fabulous!!

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    Elle — May 7, 2008 @ 12:51 AM

    I want those! I just love fish tacos, and these look delicious. I don’t like to fry, so these would be perfect.

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    mimi — May 7, 2008 @ 1:20 AM

    i love cinco de mayo and fish tacos!! yours look sooo yummy. also, i used to have the same dish towel! :)

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    Cakespy — May 7, 2008 @ 3:35 AM

    OMG these look so good!!! OK, next time you’re in the Seattle area you make these for dinner and we’ll go to hello cupcake for dessert! xoxo

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    Kevin — May 7, 2008 @ 8:59 AM

    These sound tasty! I like the chipotle cream!

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    Jaime — May 10, 2008 @ 5:36 PM

    i LOVE fish tacos! i need to try making them at home myself…