Make up a Mexican feast, self-serve style with this simple, healthy fish tortilla recipe. I like to serve it with lots of sides, so each person can control their own filling (including the kids). The fish combined with lots of salads and guacamole forms a complete, nourishing meal.
The fish speaks for itself – a quality protein and omega 3 fatty acid source. The avocados also add more good fats, fibre, and minerals. The lime and zest are an immune booster. Lots of salads on the side for fibre, antioxidants, and a host of health giving nutrients.
This buffet style of eating is also a great way to get kids involved and interested in food. For more about this click here.
Take a look at the variations below for all the details as well as suggestions to alter the recipe to suit your specific dietary requirements.
A quick simple tasty way to enjoy fish, my fish tortillas are fabulous, healthy family food.
- 5-600 grams a firm white fish, I like snapper, 2cm dice
- Splash extra virgin olive oil or macadamia oil
- 1 tablespoon smokey paprika (or you can use pure Mexican spice mix)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large red onion, sliced
- Handful coriander leaves, finely chopped (serve on the side if this is a deal breaker for fussy kids)
- 1 large or 2 small avocados
- 1 lime, juice (zest optional)
- 1 small clove garlic, crushed
- 3 tablespoons natural yogurt
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Firstly prepare your sides (below) so they are ready to serve.
Process or mash the avocados with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Place in a serving bowl.
Toss the fish in a small splash of oil followed by the spices, thyme, sea salt and pepper.
Over a moderate heat, add a little more oil to a large fry pan and cook the red onion for 2 minutes or until it starts to soften. Add the fish and turn each piece or stir gently until it is cooked through. It should only take 4-5 minutes max.
Turn off the heat, stir through the coriander and place in a serving bowl.
Serve with guacamole and your choice of sides.
Choose at least three of the following sides. I always serve them all in separate bowls so everyone can build their own tortilla (kids love this):
Serve in a lettuce cup tortilla (cos and iceberg lettuce works well)
If using store bought tortillas, make sure they are additive-free and without vegetable oil (the only ingredient should be corn and perhaps sea salt)
2 tomatoes, diced (you can add a little diced red onion to make a salsa if you like)
1 small cucumber, diced
Lettuce leaves, shredded (dress with lime juice)
Sprouts, of your choice (dress with lime juice)
1 capsicum, diced
2 large carrots, grated (dress with lime juice)
This is also really lovely with diced fresh mango if in season
1 fresh chilli, finely chopped or dried chilli flakes
Omit the yogurt from the guacamole or replace with coconut yoghurt.
Choose olive oil to cook the fish in.
If using store bought tortillas, ensure they are gluten-free.
What's your favourite Mexican meal? Let me know by commenting below.