Fish tacos

Kerstin Rodgers' fish tacos are marinated in a spicy chilli mix and served with chilli mayonnaise and white cabbage in corn tortillas
Fish tacos
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 1 hour marinading time
  • Effort: easy


For the marinade:

  • a walnut sized piece of achiote achiote, see cooks tips
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp sea salt

For the fish:

  • 500 g cod fillets, skinned and boned
  • olive oil, for frying

For the chilli mayonnaise:

  • 100 ml mayonnaise
  • 1 ancho chilli, seeds removed, toasted and soaked
  • 1 chipotle chilli

To serve:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 small white cabbage, finely shredded
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • guacamole, to serve
  • salsa, to serve

Tips and Suggestions

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How to assemble the tacos: Lay down a warm corn tortilla, add a piece or two of fried fish on top then add a heaped tablespoon of shredded cabbage, add a heaped tablespoon of tomato salsa, add a heaped tablespoon of guacamole, add a tablespoon of chilli mayonnaise sauce. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with a segment of lime.


1. For the marinade: Mix the achiote, cumin, allspice, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1 teapsoon salt together.

2. For the fish: Baste the fish with the marinade and place it in the fridge for 1 hour.

3. For the chilli mayonnaise: Mix the mayonnaise with the ancho pepper and chipotle chilli.

4. After marinading, slice the fish across the filet into 1 cm lengths and fry the segments of cod in the olive oil until slightly golden but still tender, normally for about 4 minutes.

5. Meanwhile heat the corn tortillas in the microwave or in a frying pan until warm.

6. To serve: Put the corn tortillas, cabbage and the chilli mayonnaise sauce in separate bowls and serve the fish on a separate plate to let your guests construct their own tacos.

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