Monday, January 30, 2012

Ahi Tuna Fish Tacos with Creme Fraiche and Handmade Tortillas

You will love these wonderful fish tacos any time of the year. You can change out the fish - or even chicken but I love Ahi and Mahi-Mahi . Trader Joe's has a lot of options in the frozen fish area.   I also am going to include the recipes for how to make Baja Rice and Cuban Beans that we had as side dishes.  Enjoy!  

Bill cooked tonight and this is what we got! 

Ahi Tuna Fish Tacos with Creme Fraiche and Handmade Tortillas 
With Cuban Beans and Baja Rice 

Ingredients and Tutorial 

Marinade and Fish 
1 lb Ahi Tuna ( or any kind of favorite fish)  
1/4 cup oil
1 Serrano pepper
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 lime juiced
2 Tbls honey
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin

8 corn tortillas 
vegetable oil 

Creme Fraiche  ( mix all together- set aside) 
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 juice lime 
dash salt
1/2 tsp cumin 

Baja Rice
1 cup white rice
2 cups water
1 tsp cumin
1 chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 bunch chopped green onion
1 bell pepper ( any color) 
1/2 juice lime
salt and pepper to taste

Cuban Style Black Beans
1 can ( Trader Joe's) Black Cuban Beans
1 chopped jalapeno
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin

1.   Bill was in the kitchen tonight!  Go Bill!  He is an amazing cook and has the best knife skills.  
Start with letting your fish thaw ( if needed. Then combine marinade in small dish) 

add oil,chopped pepper, chopped garlic, cumin, chili powder, honey and lime. Stir. 

Put fish and marinade in a non-reactive glass dish or bowl or bag to marinade for 30 mins.  Pre-heat oven here to 500.  It needs to be hot! 

2. While fish is in marinade start your rice.
Put water, cumin and rice in a pot and simmer for 20 mins.  Wait until rice is fully cooked turn off heat. Mix in tomato, cilantro, green onions, pepper, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste . Cover rice and let rest until you're ready to serve.  

3.  Put fish in the oven - Be sure your oven is at hot at least for 10 mins prior to putting your fish in the oven. It will cook quickly and you want to "sear" the fish. I like mine medium rare and the tuna steaks only took about 10 mins total cooking time.  Ours looked like this below:


4.Cook tortillas:  I get the ones from Trader Joe's but any corn ones will do.
Put a 1/2 tsp or less ( Pam works too) in a non stick sauce pan and warm on both sides for 3-mins then fold in half and keep warm.

Warm and fold in 1/2 to make taco shells 

5. Cuban Bean - There are easy!  Can dump in bowl, with all ingredients above and put in microwave for 3 mins. That is it! You're done.

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