catch of the day. [tequila-lime mahi mahi tacos w. honey-lime sour cream]

August 22nd, 2012 by | comments


Happy hump day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. Per usual, it’s been pretty hectic over here, but I’ve got to say, these tequila-lime mahi mahi tacos made everything much better.

Though the marinade didn’t flavor the fish as much as I’d hoped, the honey-lime sour cream and vinegar-soaked cabbage brought the tacos to life. Serve alongside an ice cold beer and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer meal.


3 tbsp. fresh lime juice

3 tbsp. tequila

1 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish, if desired

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne

1 lb. mahi mahi

3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. canola oil

2 3/4 tsp. honey, divided

1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, divided

3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage

3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1 tbsp. lime juice

Zest of one lime

8 corn tortillas

1 avocado, thinly sliced

2 limes, quartered


In a resealable plastic bag, combine 3 tbsp. lime juice, tequila, 1 tbsp. cilantro, garlic, cumin and cayenne. Add fish, seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate, turning once, 1 hour.

In a bowl, combine vinegar, oil, 2 tsp. honey, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add cabbage; toss well.

In another bowl, combine sour cream, 1 tbsp. lime juice, zest, 3/4 tsp. honey and 1/2 tsp. salt.

Heat grill. Remove fish from marinade; season with remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper. Grill, turning once, until just cooked through and lightly charred, 4 minutes per side.

Transfer fish to a cutting board and coarsely chop.

Grill tortillas, turning once, 30 seconds per side. Divide fish, slaw and avocado among tortillas, then top with sour cream mixture. Garnish with lime juice and extra cilantro, if desired.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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  • Looks fantastic! :)

  • What beautiful seafood tacks my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Wow! That is one beautiful dish!

  • egg me on

    Happy Hump Day to you, too. What pretty tacos! The red cabbage and bright avocado (and lime) look awesome together. The honey lime sour cream sounds great.

  • Amy

    Mmm, what a great summer recipe. Looks so fresh and flavorful!

  • I sooo need these and the beer today. It’s been a wacked out hump day…

  • Your mahi mahi steaks are beautiful, Caroline! Your tacos must have been just incredible with them as the main ingredient.

  • Wow, this looks so fresh and delicious! Love all those vibrant colors too.

  • Tacos of the fresh fish variety and an ice cold beer sound AMAZING! Hope you get to slow down a little and enjoy your night, girl :)

  • My family would love this!! What a nice change from the usual tacos I made just this week!!

  • d r o o l i n g
    in Minnesota!!!

  • Looks perfect to me too! Hectic over here as well. I sat down with some mushroom pasta tonight (and a glass of wine). Feeling much better now. Until tomorrow’s chaos hits. Then again, who am I kidding, I love chaos. I love this recipe – the lime/honey/sour cream sounds fabulous with fish. Enjoy your evening Caroline!

  • Caroline, you always have the most inspirational recipes.
    :-) Mandy

  • I love these fish tacos…so good pairs with red cabbage.

  • Your tacos sound wonderful! I have fish tacos on our menu for next week too. I love how fantastic the coleslaw tastes with them!

  • This looks really fabulous! I’m a sucker for really good fish tacos ;)


  • Thats a nice piece of fish, now I am craving for tacos

  • Thanks for reminding me why I do miss living in Cali Caroline…fresh fish and fish tacos. Hope you’re having a great weekend. Cheers!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    My imagination of the flavor started as soon as I saw your title and photos. Looks SO good. I like pulled pork or bbq meat, but I have to say fish tacos are always my favorite. And I love love love love our lime sour cream sauce!!! I need to make extra so that I can pour plenty on top…. drool… gosh it’s only 10am!! Very nice recipe Caroline!!!!

  • i am all about some tacos girl and these look amazing and flavorful with the tequila and ime

  • These look beautiful and absolutely mouth watering! I would love to have these tonight on this scorching day Caroline. Love that bright pink cabbage in the photos. Your photos always blow me away. HOpe everything is going great with you. I am in a blogging slump. Ah, well. Not a problem…it’s not like we get paid to do this. ;)

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Oh my… all I needed to hear was tequila-lime and I was sold!! ;-). How gorgeous is that purple cabbage? Beautiful recipe Caroline!

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