Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos

My first experience with fish tacos came when I worked in a restaurant in the Florida Keys. I thought it sounded pretty disgusting, until the day I forced myself to take a bite. Disgust quickly turned into obsession and I found myself always picking fish tacos at restaurants – curious to taste the different ways they were made. I quickly realized that nothing came close to that very first fish taco I ever ate. So, I obviously had no choice but to recreate it at home. Hence, these colorful, utterly delicious and Chirpy-friendly Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos!

Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos

These amazing fish tacos have 5 aspects – crisp iceberg lettuce, succulent blackened Mahi, a crunchy sweet slaw, cajun remoulade and pico de gallo. This is a great example of simple ingredients coming together to create great depth of flavor.

Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos

Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos

The hardest thing to recreate was the Cajun Remoulade, because restaurant spice mixes just can’t be found in your neighborhood grocery store. I think I came pretty close though. It’s sweet and tangy and perfectly complements all the other aspects of the tacos.

Now, this is the Chirpy low carb version of these fish tacos, but if you’re not into the low carb life, the lettuce wraps can easily be switched for a corn or flour tortilla (to the low carbers – pretend you didn’t just read that). The flavors are great, and if you eat them this way, I’m pretty sure you won’t even miss a real tortilla.

Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos

 Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos

This is my way of satisfying my taco craving – and I’d be lying if I said it did a good job. It did a great job. It satisfied the taco craving, but created a whole new Blackened Mahi Lettuce Taco craving in its place. I just can’t seem to win, but I’m not complaining, because healthy cravings are a wonderful thing.

Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos with Cajun Remoulade

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 2

Blackened Mahi Lettuce Tacos with Cajun Remoulade

Ingredients

  1. 1lb • mahi-mahi (cut into 8 thin strips)
  2. to taste • blackened seasoning
  3. to taste • salt and pepper
  4. 1 cup • thinly sliced cabbage
  5. 2 tsp • honey
  6. 1 tsp • vinegar
  7. 1/4 • cilantro [roughly chopped]
  8. 2 • roma tomatoes [seeded and diced]
  9. 1/2 • red onion [diced]
  10. 1/2 • lime [juice]
  11. 1 • jalapeño [seeded and diced]
  12. 1 cup • mayo
  13. 2 tsp • cajun seasoning
  14. 1 tsp • paprika
  15. 2 tsp • honey
  16. 1 tsp • capers
  17. 4 • iceberg lettuce leafs

Instructions

  1. Pico de Gallo: Mix the tomato, red onion, lime juice, half of the cilantro and jalapeño. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cajun Remoulade: Blend together the mayonnaise, cajun seasoning, paprika, honey and capers until completely combined. Set aside.
  3. Sweet Slaw: Mix the cabbage, vingear, honey and rest of the cilantro. Set aside.
  4. Season the Mahi with blackened seasoning, salt and pepper and sear on a hot pan until cooked - about 4 minutes. Keep turning so each side gets seared.
  5. Add two pieces of fish to each of the 4 iceberg shells. Top with the slaw, pico de gallo and remoulade.
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