Citrus Fish Tacos with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa

February 11, 2012


When I lived in Charleston, SC, my friends and I would cruise out to Sullivan’s Island regularly to spend an afternoon on the beach. Nearly every trip consisted of a stop at Poe’s Tavern for fish tacos. We’d grab a table in the sunshine, order up a few beers and some tacos, and watch the tourists drift by with their beach bags and sunburns. Poe’s Tavern may be one of the things I miss most about living in Charleston. And the beach, of course!

The fish tacos at Poe’s were amazing and served as the inspiration for this dish (along with my obsession with grapefruit and avocado, which I used to create the salsa). I love homemade salsa and it seemed only right that these fish tacos should have a unique salsa twist.

Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 fish tacos)

3/4 pound white fish of your choice (mahi mahi, haddock or catfish work fine)

1 grapefruit, peeled and chopped

1 avocado, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped

1 punch of cilantro, chopped

1 glove of garlic, minced

1/4 cup purple onion, chopped

2 limes

purple cabbage, shredded

4 to 6 soft flour tortillas

sour cream


olive oil

Directions: Begin by preparing the fish. Rinse and slice into 3 inch long strips. Coat with the juice and zest of 1 lime and a good sprinkling of salt. Set aside to marinate.

Next, make the salsa. In a food processor, blend the grapefruit, juice of 1/2 lime, cilantro (about a handful or so), garlic, jalapeno, and onion. Pulse until it forms a chunky salsa. Use a colander or cheese cloth to drain off excess water (unless you like a thinner salsa). You can serve right away like so.



Or, you can add the chopped avocado to the mix. I enjoyed it both ways.



Next, fry the fish in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle more lime juice over the fish.


To build the tacos, place 2 pieces of fish on a flour tortilla. Top with the grapefruit avocado salsa, purple cabbage and sour cream.


Fold and enjoy…


while dreaming of your next beach vacation.

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laura @ June 14, 2012 at 1:54 am

There’s nothing like fish tacos in the summertime! I’m excited to try these with the inclusion of grapefruit…what a wonderful idea :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

Thank you! I hope you like them!

Deanna February 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

That restaurant is amazing! I know my husband will be stoked to see your recipe! We are always down for amazing fish tacos – thanks for sharing!

Homer February 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

These look amazing! I never would have combined grapefruit and avocado myself, but seeing you do it makes me realize it totally works!

Heather @ Canal Notes February 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Wow, this looks super tasty – we were planning to have Mexican food night tomorrow night and now I have just the recipe :) Thanks!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Oh, I hope you like it!

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