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This interesting, fruity fish taco recipe combines traditional Mexican recipe ingredients with the versatile taste of cod. The orange, lime, and pineapple very much enhances the cod taco filling. Citrus is often used in fish recipes because fish is generally light enough to support the flavor. Be creative with this recipe and add your favorite taco extras. Guacamole, grated cheese and other Mexican ingredients are all good.

Fish tacos are sometimes made with mahi mahi, which is also called dolphin fish sometimes, or dorado, but cod is great too because it is mild enough yet holds its shape when cooking. If you are a taco fan and usually have beef tacos or chicken tacos, this sweet, tasty fish taco recipe will make a delicious change. Tacos are great served alone and these are so good that your guests will probably want two each!

If you want to save some time, you can serve a store-bought salsa with this cod fish tacos recipe rather than making the pineapple salsa but if you do have time, the salsa is worth making because it tastes so sweet, fresh, and delicious. Why not make it the day beforehand, if you are going to be in a rush? It will keep in the refrigerator for a few days and the flavor will be even more mellow by the time you use it.

Creative Cod Tacos with Homemade Pineapple Salsa
Summary: Send your palate into orbit with this amazing fish tacos recipe. Orange, pineapple and lime add a fruity trifecta to the flavor while the lettuce and tomato add crisp freshness.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
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  • 1 ½ lbs cod filets, cut into ¾ inch squares
  • 8 warmed corn tortillas (6 inch diameter)
  • 11 oz can mandarin orange segments, drained and halved
  • 1 ½ cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ chopped tomato
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine the mandarin segments with the pineapple, 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning, 1 tablespoon of the orange juice, the jalapeno, tomato and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice in a large bowl.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  4. Place the fish in an ungreased shallow 2 quart baking dish.
  5. Combine the rest of the lime juice, taco seasoning, and orange juice in a bowl. Pour this mixture over the fish and toss to coat.
  6. Cover and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until you can flake the fish easily with a fork.
  7. Place a spoonful of the fish mixture in each tortilla and top with lettuce and pineapple salsa. Roll them up to serve.

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As you can see, the cod in these tacos looks succulent and moist despite being baked. Fish only dries out in the oven if you overcook it so if you have had a bad experience in the past with overcooked fish, try this recipe and you will change your mind about how good fish can be. The pineapple salsa adds a beautiful sweetness and the lettuce adds crunch (if you choose iceberg) or color (if you choose a very brighter colored variety). Feel free to add grated cheese or crumbled Mexican cheese. The concept of rolling tortillas up to make tacos might seem strange if you are used to the orange, prefab Taco Bell variety but try this recipe if you prefer authentic Mexican food recipes.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.

Everyone knows 'the big three' which are cod, tuna and salmon, but sometimes it is fun to try different types of fish, such as perch, trout, monkfish, or even shellfish like mussels or clams. There are seafood recipes for every season and occasion, those served chilled for a refreshing burst of flavor, and those served hot in stew or soup form.

Choose from crispy fried fish, tender pan-fried or poached cuts, or what about a seafood medley boasting the most wonderful flavors of the sea, lake or river? Seafood can be served as part of a salad or savory dish, or it can be served as an appetizer or snack. Bacon-wrapped scallops, anyone? You will find a comprehensive collection of wonderful seafood recipes right here, for your inspiration and enjoyment.

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