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Food: Fish Tacos

We all need a quick dinner, but especially on a Friday night, right?

Our meals here in the deep south are usually pretty unsacrificial, with our abundant seafood and great Cajun recipes. Etoufee, gumbo, fried seafoods, broiled oysters. Not to mention boiled crawfish or shrimp, seafood platters, etc. I could sound like Bubba rattling off all the ways to cook shrimp in Forrest Gump.

So, to find those meals which are good for a family and still not so decadent that they can rightfully take their places here on a Lenten Friday night, we have to get down to the meat and bones. I mean fish. (no bones)

I’d love to tell you that I’m great at preparations.

In fact, there are weekends where I do prep for the week ahead, chopping the veggies, browning the meats, etc. This meal is one of those that I don’t think about until the afternoon, and it usually goes together pretty quickly. You can prep it the morning of, if you’re an overachiever (or just have the time at that time but not right before cooking time…you know how that goes). Just leave your two baggies in the fridge all day, cook the fish when you get home.


1 quart size, 1 gallon size Ziploc bag

One red onion

2 jalapenos, sliced and de-seeded

About 1.5 cups red wine vinegar

6-8 tilapia steaks

2 Tbsp chili powder

2 Tbsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning

1 Tbsp cumin

¼-1/2 cup olive oil or grape seed oil

½ Tbsp Greek Seasoning

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes (regular old salt will do!)

Corn tortillas

Salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, Costco’s Cilantro Cream if you wish

First, slice the onion and jalapenos as thinly as you wish, put in a quart size Ziploc baggie and cover with vinegar. Close baggie and let sit for at least 30 minutes, but stores in fridge long term as well. This’ll be your pickled onions/peppers.

In the gallon size Ziploc, add the oil and all seasonings except salt. Place tilapia in bag with the oily marinade, making sure all fish is coated. Allow this to sit for about 20-30 minutes, unless you’re running late and need to just let it sit for 10 minutes. Or if you need to let it sit longer because something comes up, that’s fine too.  It’s gonna be ok.

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Erin Bayard

Erin lives in Lafayette, Louisiana. She homeschools 4 of her 5 children and has one in college. She relaxes primarily with good music, Netflix, or a good biography, and may be overly enthusiastic about puns.

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