BBQ Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Dressing

Fish Taco

Happy new year and welcome back!

I hope 2013 is off to brilliant start for you and great things wait ahead! I had a lovely relaxing Christmas in New South Wales catching up with my extended family, enjoying some sun, and letting others cook for me for  a change while I took a little break from cyberspace :) I spent New Years by the beach in St Kilda with the sun setting, cider in hand with pumping tunes surrounded by my gorgeous group of friends. How about you?

I’m not generally one for new years resolutions but I am incredibly excited that 2013 WILL be the year I take my first steps in pursuing a freelance writing career (*dance*). Its something that Ive been thinking about for quite some time and the more I enjoy writing this blog, the less I can ignore the little voice in my head that says DO IT!

The adventure begins in March, with a food writing tour to Vietnam with the Australian Writers Centre. I adore south east asia and cannot wait to be immersed in the chaotic, exotic tastes and smells of the Vietnamese food and culture. Afterwards, I’m planning a side trip over to Cambodia before heading back to Melbourne. YAY!

Now, before our summer holidays are too much of a distant memory (at least here in Australia), I cant wait for you to try these super fresh, super tasty BBQ grilled fish taco’s with chipotle lime dressing. Its just like biting into a little piece of summer. Good. Really good.

Fish taco’s are a particularly new discovery for me (*last year even*). I tried some in the early on-set of Mexican hysteria in Melbourne and was somewhat underwhelmed so I let them be. Fast forward to NYC in August 2012 and upon descending into the depths of the famous Mexican restaurant- hidden -underneath-diner La Esquina, I got acquainted with fish taco’s that literally ROCKED my world.

It was that “ahhh OK” lightbulb moment where you finally understand what everyone else is raving about!

Upon returning to Australia, I was on a crazy hunt to find a great fish taco recipe and finally found the one below which has been slightly adapted to my tastes. We’ve gone a little mad for fish tacos at our place and our friends are being slowly converted into followers as well. Join us?

Pair BBQ fish with BBQ sweet corn, fresh corriander, red cabbage and chipotle lime dressing.

For the most authentic taste, do as they do in Mexico and use soft corn tortillas. Leave the Old El Paso wheat tacos at the supermarket where they belong! Serve with Margaritas or a Mexican Beer! Enjoy xx

Fish Taco

Fish Taco

Fish Taco

Fish Taco

Fish Taco

Fish Taco


BBQ Grilled Fish Tacos

(Adapted from




*Use a fresh meaty type of fish such as rockling or barramundi if available

Measurement – 1 large fish fillet = 2 people OR 250g per person

Fish Marinade

  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 2 Tbl white wine vinegar
  3. 2 Tbl fresh lime juice
  4. 1/2 tsp cumin
  5. Zest of 2 limes
  6. 1 ½ tsp honey
  7. 2 cloves minced garlic
  8. 1 fresh red chilli chopped
  9. 1 pinch black pepper

Chipotle Lime Dressing

  1. 1 cup light sour cream
  2. 1/4 cup adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers)
  3. 2 Tbl fresh lime juice
  4. Zest of 2 limes
  5. 1/4 tsp cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp chilli powder

BBQ Corn

  1. 1 corn cob
  2. Butter for coating
  3. 1/2 tsp cumin
  4. 1/2 tsp dried corriander (cilantro)


  1. Corn tortillas
  2. 1/4 sliced red cabbage
  3. Fresh corriander (cilantro)


  1. Mix all ingredients for fish marinade in a bowl, add fresh fish – cover and set aside in the fridge for a minimum 1 hour – overnight is even better.
  2. Slice red cabbage and corriander – set aside
  3. BBQ corn cobs as per Elote recipe here (with or without cheese as per personal choice)
  4. Cut corn off the cob with a sharp knife in one downward movement – place in a bowl and set aside
  5. Mix all ingredients for chipotle lime sauce – however add the adobe sauce last to taste as its rather spicy.
  6. Put fresh tortillas on the BBQ grill and crisp slightly. (Do not walk away! 30 seconds – 1 Min per side only) Wrap to keep warm in a clean tea towel.
  7. Turn BBQ on hight heat and place fish fillets on the grill. The honey may burn after a while so grill one side then other and when cooked remove from the grill. Approximately 10 minutes
  8. Break up fish fillets once off the BBQ then serve with tortillas and salad to assemble



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