Thursday, April 24, 2008

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

We've mentioned before that we really like the seafood tacos at South Beach Bar & Grille. It is one of the first places we hit up when we returned to San Diego from our travels in Mexico.

Inspired by the tacos at South Beach, we've been making our own that taste almost as good. We've used a variety of different fish - this time we used black cod and grouper and but we've also used sea bass and mahi mahi. Large, firm-fleshed fish work best.

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

We cook the fish and shrimp indoors on a grill pan - we find it gives us more control.

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

The key to these tacos, though is the salsa. Tomato, onion and red cabbage are marinated with vinegar and a touch of salt.

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

The result is a vibrant fresh salsa with a twangy bite from the vinegar. Our recipe is at the end of this post.

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

To make the tacos, we use "snack size" flour tortillas. While we generally prefer corn tortillas for most other kinds of tacos, South Beach uses flour and we find that they work really well with seafood.

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

The small tortillas make for a perfect sized taco.

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

I'm not a big fan of the traditional white sauce. I find that particularly with grilled tacos (as opposed to battered and fried) it masks the fresh flavors of the seafood and the salsa. We do follow South Beach's approach with a tiny bit of melted cheddar on the tortilla however.

Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

Salsa for Grilled Fish and Shrimp Tacos

3 tomatoes, cored and seeded
1/4 white onion, finely diced
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (less if using table salt)
1/2 cup finely sliced, red cabbage

Chop the tomato flesh into small dice. Mix with the onion, vinegar and salt. Carefully fold in the red cabbage.

Let sit at room temperature one to two hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a slotted spoon, or drain before using.

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