Grilled Fish Tacos with Cantaloupe-Pineapple Salsa

by Shawnda on May 4, 2012

in Appetizers,Cinco de Mayo,Lighter & Healthier,Mexican & TexMex,On the grill,Seafood

Fish Tacos with Cantaloupe-Pineapple Salsa

Back when we were dating, Jason would to drag me to an Astros games a few times a month. He lucked out – he found a girl who loved sports (really, just football) and beer (mostly margaritas) and would listen to three hours of pitching analysis and commentary. (He was cute and had some serious Bagwell forearms – what would you do?!)

So after the games, I’d drag him a few blocks over from the stadium to sit on a 2nd story patio and eat fish tacos.

Eye for an eye, baby.

He felt the same way about fish tacos (meh) that I felt about baseball (yaaaawn). I don’t hate it, but let’s be honest here – it’s no football.

He grew up pitching in Georgia, where Chipper and the Braves were king. I grew up with Bum, Jerry, and Luv Ya Blue and was a Texans season ticket holder.

Looking back… sometimes… I’m not sure how we’ve made it this far :)

Fish Tacos with Cantaloupe-Pineapple Salsa

There isn’t a whole lot that qualifies as “meh” when it comes to fish tacos (but I could fast make you a list about baseball :P ). A grilled filet of flakey white fish, a big scoop of a sweet, summery salsa, a pinch of crunchy cabbage, and a tortilla.

Forget the margarita and chips. That’s pretty fantastic all on its own.

But you know me. I’d never forget the margarita and chips.

My supermarket put out a huge case of cantaloupe last week. While they’re not the Texas-grown beauties that will be flooding my market in just a couple of months, they are still completely worthy of an early-season purchase, especially if you’re looking to make a mean salsa or a margarita.

We grilled a couple filets of tilapia and topped that with a cool, fresh cantaloupe and pineapple salsa spiked with spicy red and green peppers. The salsa is “sweet meets heat” and a little lime juice and salt pull it together to balance the sweetness.

It’s kind of perfect for a warm spring or summer dinner on the patio. Even if you’re enjoying that dinner on the patio with the (yawn) baseball game on.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cantaloupe-Pineapple Salsa

Grilled fish tacos topped with a summery cantaloupe salsa.

Ingredients

  • For the salsa
  • 1 1/2 cup diced cantaloupe
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 spicy red pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 large jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
  • Small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the tacos:
  • 1 lb white fish (I used tilapia)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ancho chile powder
  • 6 fajita-sized tortillas
  • Shredded red cabbage

Instructions

  1. Stir all the salsa ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Heat your grill to high.
  3. Brush the oil over both sides of the fish.
  4. Squeeze the lime over the fish.
  5. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and chile powder over both sides of the fish.
  6. Cook ~4-5 minutes on each side, until the fish easily flakes and the center is opaque.
  7. Cut the fish into smaller pieces with a fork.
  8. Assemble the tacos: place the fish onto each tortilla, followed by a generous scoop of salsa and a handful of red cabbage.

Notes

Yields: 6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Crystal @ A Lovin' Forkful May 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

I am loving this idea of cantaloupe salsa. I love fish tacos in a big way. This looks completely yummy. Gorgeous photos as well!

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2 Jlhpisces May 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

You had me at “Bagwell forearms” :) but the salsa looks delicious!

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3 Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 4, 2012 at 2:22 am

Cantaloupe and pineapple! How fresh!

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4 Kathryn May 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

What a great salsa to go with the tacos, it sounds really fresh and lively.

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5 Jerry @ cbsop May 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

You had me at cantaloupe salsa… Though I don’t think I’ll be using it on a fish taco, as I prefer mine fried baja style. I do think that it would go amazingly well with some pork loin chops though.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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6 Kristina May 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

We were totally not he same page this week :) I just made fish tacos the other night too! LOVE your cantaloupe pineapple salsa! I’ve never heard of that combo, I definitely need to try next time, looks so good! And such pretty pics!

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7 raquel@eRecipe.com May 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

Your tacos looks very enticing to eat. I love the salsa that goes with it. I think I won’t be satisfied looking at your photos. I must try this =)

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8 Tracey May 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I just want to reach through my screen and grab a bite. Such a gorgeous shot!

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9 Kelsey May 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Love this idea. I’m so glad you say grilled fish tacos; the fried ones just don’t do it for me. I’ll save my frying for food where it really counts!

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10 Joanne May 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I think it’s actually kinda perfect to be into different sports…that way you never have to fight over team loyalties or which game to watch! Win.

As for his fish taco aversion…nah I don’t get it. That sweet and spicy salsa sounds delicious!

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11 Krissy's Creations May 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

These look FAR from “meh” to me! I love Fish Tacos, and these look amazing, especially with that salsa!

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12 Debra Kapellakis May 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

Yum, Yum, Yummy! “Love will keep us together.”

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13 Jennifer May 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

I’ve yet to try a “fruit” salsa on any type of taco, but now I’m tempted. Hope y’all had a fun cinco de mayo! Thanks for the recipe.

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14 Laura May 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

Love fish tacos, and love the idea of such a fresh salsa on top. Also, cantaloupe margarita? Say whaaa?

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15 Cupcake and Talk May 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I can not wait to try this salsa. Thank you for the recipe. The tacos look sooo good.

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16 Heather May 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

We made these tonight and they were delicious! The salsa was so fresh and flavorful. I love summer.

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17 Lara August 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This salsa was crazy delicious. My roommates kept saying that they wanted to just eat spoonfuls of it for dinner…but it went pretty great with grilled fish tacos too ;)

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18 Christian Friborg November 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Exciting dish! Grilled fish, holy smokes!

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