The Best Alaska Rockfish Tacos

The Best Alaska Rockfish Tacos
The Best Alaska Rockfish Tacos


2 cups very thinly shredded cabbage preferably Napa
1 red onion halved and very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon minced seeded jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons cider or rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil divided
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
12 6-inch corn or flour tortillas
1 ½ pound flaky white fish fillets such as Alaska rockfish or cod cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 clove garlic finely minced
3 teaspoons lime juice
To Serve (Pick and Choose)
Diced avocado
Fresh cilantro leaves
Lime wedges
Tomatillo or regular salsa
Sour cream


Toss the cabbage, onion, and jalapeno with the vinegar and 2 teaspoons of the oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Heat a large dry skillet over medium-high heat. Heat the tortillas one at a time, cooking for about 30 to 60 seconds on each side, until it is browned in spots and smells slightly toasty. Stack the tortillas on a plate as they are cooked, and repeat until all of the tortillas have been toasted. Set aside.
Sprinkle the pieces of fish all over with the cumin, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 of the fish and sauté until almost cooked through, turning it as needed, about 5 minutes in all. The pieces may fall apart a little as you cook them; that’s perfectly fine. During the last minute of cooking each batch, add about 1/3 of the garlic and toss over the heat. Place the fish on a serving plate as it is cooked and sprinkle each batch with 1 teaspoon of the lime juice. Keep going, adding a bit more oil as needed, and then adding the fish to the same plate as it is cooked until all of the fish is sautéed and sprinkled with juice.
Serve the fish with the toasted tortillas, cabbage slaw, and the toppings you like. Let everyone assemble their own tacos.

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