Broiled Fish Tacos

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Cristina Ferrare is the gorgeous and talented hostess of Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love on Oprah’s OWN Network.  She has just published a cookbook:  Big Bowl of Love– Delight Family and Friends with More than 150 Simple, Fabulous Recipes.  In her cookbook shares 150 family-friendly recipes for everything from starters and lunches to dinners and desserts.  Since I’m a big-time fish taco fan, I decided to try her recipe for Broiled Fish Tacos.

Red snapper is simply marinated in oil, cumin, chili powder and lime juice, then it’s drained & broiled until it flakes apart easily.

I used white corn tortillas and topped them with homemade guacamole, the broiled fish, lettuce, cilantro, green onion and chunky tomato salsa.  Oh… and a squeeze of lime, of course.

These fish tacos are everything Cristina promises them to be- a simple, family-friendly, light dinner… that goes well with a tall margarita 🙂

The recipes in this cookbook are not intimidating, and they’re simple enough for any level of cook.  There are many, many beautiful photographs (photography shot by Todd & Diane).  I have two copies of this cookbook to give away. If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Big Bowl of Love, here’s the deal:  Leave a comment below telling me if you’re a fish taco fan or not.  Have you had them before?  If so, where have you found the best fish taco?  I want to know!

This giveaway will end on Sunday evening, May 1st. Here are the two winners- commenter #36 (Cara) and #139 (Kara).  Congrats!

Broiled Fish Tacos

A healthy, simple version of Southern California's favorite taco...

Yield: 4 servings (2 tacos per serving)

Prep Time:25 min + marinating time

Cook Time:10 min


1 1/2 pounds red snapper filets, rinsed & patted dry
5 Tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
3 Tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
8 soft corn tortillas, wrapped in foil
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 cups guacamole, purchased or homemade
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 cups fresh salsa, purchased or homemade
3 whole green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 limes, cut into wedges


1. Place fish fillets in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, cumin, chili powder and lime juice; pour over the fish. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to broil setting (or highest baking temperature). Place foil-wrapped tortillas on the bottom rack.Spray a broiler pan with nonstick spray. Remove fish from marinade and place on the broiler pan. Broil 3 inches from the heat source. Broil 7 to 12 minutes on one side only, keeping an eye on the fish to make sure it doesn't burn. It's cooked all the way through when the fish flakes apart easily. Transfer to a cutting board and flake apart into chunks. Remove tortillas from the oven.

3. Assemble the tacos: Place a tortilla on a work surface. Smear a heaping Tablespoon of guacamole over the top of the tortilla. Add a few shreds of lettuce, several chunks of fish, a spoonful of salsa, a sprinkle of green onions and about 1/2 Tablespoon of cilantro.

4. Serve immediately, with lime wedges for squeezing.


*If preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use a brand of corn tortillas that are known to be GF.

Source: (Adapted from Big Bowl of Love)

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  • Lynette Bailey wrote:

    I have never had a fish taco.

  • Pris wrote:

    I lve fish tacos with homemade guacamole. I have know Cristina Ferrare since her early days. Would love her cookbook!

  • Arlene wrote:

    I LOVE fish tacos! I love Waba and Rubio’s, but the best I’ve had recently was at Chili’s! I was pleasantly surprised!

  • Lady Aggie wrote:

    Thank you for this wonderful, healthy recipe! I followed your instructions exactly and the fish cooked perfectly. So simple and delicious!! I’m adding it to our weekly meal rotation.

  • Pup Fan wrote:

    Making these tonight! Cannot wait… 🙂

  • Susan wrote:

    Made them, PERFECT!!! Added some garlic (cause I like it) and tomatoes to the salsa, otherwise followed exactly. Used tilapia…so, so good!

  • Lisa wrote:

    I love fish tacos but have never made them at home. My favorite local place is Bull’s Tacos in Cardiff, inside the campgrounds. Have you been there? Million dollar view, fantastic food. I can see making these tacos with the salsa & guac they sell at La Costa Farms…I may have to try these out at our friend’s Kentucky Derby party this weekend!

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking) wrote:

    These tacos sound good! Nice and light and healthy and full of flavour!

  • gloria vanhorn wrote:

    I love fish tacos, I usually order when eating out, if on the menu, I have to say I try to stick with the grilled fish, but every now and then I have to get the battered fish tacos.

  • Patricia wrote:

    I love fish tacos and this recipe really looks delicious, I will be trying it, Thank you.

  • Vicki wrote:

    I love fish tacos! Best I ever had were at Shanghai Red’s in Palm Springs.

  • Brenda wrote:

    We do meatless Fridays during Lent and I couldn’t wait for Fish Taco Friday’s! We live in Oregon and I first tried them at a restaurant called Stanford’s. I have been hooked (ha ha) ever since! This recipe looks yummy! Lent may be over but Fish Taco Friday is back on the menu!

  • Tracey wrote:

    Fish Tacos in San Diego are almost a staple! This recipe looks healthy and delicious at the same time. The cookbook looks like alot of fun!

  • June g. wrote:

    Mmmm, fell in love with Fish tacos when we lived in San Diego! this recipe sounds delicious:)

  • Teslaca wrote:

    I love fish tacos and make them at home frequently. There aren’t any good places around here (except at home) to get them, but I’ve had them when traveling.

  • Pernell wrote:

    I love fish. I never had fish tacos before, but I’m going to try it out. This look amazing delicious!!!!!

  • Nina wrote:

    I LOVE fish tacos…the first time I ever had them was in San Diego-we ate Baja Fish Tacos-they were so decadent I almost died!! I am definitely going to try this recipe!

  • Brandi King wrote:

    Love your site and can’t wait to try the broiled fish tacos.

  • Katherine wrote:

    I would LOVE this! seafood looks so great

  • Teri McCallum wrote:

    LOVE fish tacos! They are a family staple for us. So easy to put together and yummy too! I have yet to try red snapper as the main fish choice, but after seeing this recipe, will definitely be giving that a whirl.