Grilled fish tacos are a staple in Southern California. Rather than the usual salsa that accompanies meat-filled tacos, those filled with fish get topped with finely chopped sweet onion and fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Grilled Huachinango Tacos

Ingredients
  

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 medium sweet onion finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds red snapper fillets
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Spray cooking oil
  • 4 limes quartered, for serving
  • Store-bought or homemade hot sauce for serving

Instructions
 

  • Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil, in 3 packages of 4 tortillas each, and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped onion, cilantro, and lime juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Set aside, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  • Prepare enough coals for a hot charcoal fire, or preheat your gas grill on high for 10 minutes with the lid closed.
  • While the grill is heating up, season the tops of the snapper fillets with the chili powder, paprika, oregano, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  • Place the tortilla packages in the oven and set it at 250°F (120°C).
  • When the coals are ready or the gas grill is hot, liberally spray the skin side of each snapper fillet with cooking oil.
  • Place on the grate, skin side down, and grill for 4 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and a crust has formed.
  • Spray the top of each fillet with more cooking oil and gently turn them over.
  • Grill for 4 to 5 minutes more, until the center is just cooked through.
  • Transfer the snapper fillets to a cutting board, and cut them into quarters.
  • Put on a serving table with the warm tortillas, onion-cilantro mixture, quartered limes, and hot sauce, and let people assemble their own tacos.
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