Grain Free, Dairy Free Fish Tacos
Spending most of my life in Southern California, I am no stranger to a good fish taco.
The kind I used to eat were battered with a gluten batter and then deep fried in damaged fats. They certainly were tasty but they were not helpful for my health (or my waistline.) Since my family and I still love fish tacos but have an entirely different diet and lifestyle, I wanted to create a fish taco that was just as satisfying but would actually help improve our health and make us feel great after we ate it!
Let’s Talk About Grain Free Tortillas
Really bendy, chewy and buttery grain-free tortillas are hard to find. Usually, they crack easily, don’t have the right texture or just don’t taste good. I could’ve tried to reinvent the wheel to come up with a really good grain free tortilla but honestly, it’s already been done.
I think Jenni of Urban Poser has hit the nail on the head when it comes to the perfect grain-free flour tortilla! So, just know, she’s mastered it and the tortilla recipe I use is hers. You can find her Cassava Flour Tortilla recipe here! It has become a staple in our home and they are a cinch to make!
If you are dealing with leaky gut or autoimmunity, you may want to skip the tortilla since the base is cassava flour and many people, early in their healing phases, cannot tolerate this starchy flour. Personally, I can tolerate it but only in little amounts. Too much and I get brain fog and really achy.
If you did want to get some, this is my favorite brand and the least expensive place I can find it. The bag will last you a long time.
Important Ingredients for Fish Tacos
- The type of fat I use in the tortilla recipe is my hand-rendered lard. You could get excellent lard here if you don’t have any on hand.
- Be sure to use wild caught fish and not farmed, please. This smart woman sums up why you need to steer clear of farmed fish. We use wild caught, frozen cod that we get at Costco.
- Ingredients to be sure to buy organic are tomatoes and cabbage. The non-organic ones are on the EWG’s dirty dozen list because they’ve been found to be covered with toxic pesticides and herbicides.
- To make this recipe a cinch to make I like to use bagged organic carrots that are already julienne cut. I then just chop them a little bit smaller. You can find those at your local grocery store.
- The other ingredient I wanted to mention that I absolutely love is chopped jalapeno peppers. I buy this brand because all the work is done for me and they taste great! You could also find these at your local natural foods store. Beware of other brands because they have chemicals and preservatives in them that are unhealthy.
Kitchen Tools to Make Fish Tacos
Grain Free, Dairy Free Whole Food Fish Tacos Recipe
- One batch of the Urban Poser's (linked in the post) Cassava Flour Tortillas
- 3 fist-sized pieces of Wild Caught Cod
- Sea Salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
- Avocado Oil
- 1½ C. Organic Napa Cabbage, chopped
- ¼ C. Organic Roma Tomatoes, diced
- ½ tsp. Jeff's Naturals Chopped Jalapeno Peppers (more if you like it spicy)
- ½ C. Packed Cilantro, chopped (pack and then chop)
- ½ C. Carrots, julienne cut
- 1 Tlbs. Red Onion, minced
- ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
- 10 Grind Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- ½ tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1½ Tlbs. Olive Oil
- ½ Lime, juiced.
- Make one batch of Cassava Flour Tortillas
- In a saute pan, place the cod pieces and coat with avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides.
- On medium heat cook 3-4 minutes on each side until flaky and cooked through.
- While the fish is cooking combine all slaw vegetables (including cilantro) in a medium-size bowl.
- Then, in a small bowl combine all slaw spices, olive oil, and lime juice. Whisk until combined.
- Pour over slaw veggies and toss to coat all.
- Take one tortilla, a small portion of fish and top with slaw. Serve with sliced limes on the side.
- This recipe will serve 8 with two small tacos per person.
When You Want a Light and Fresh Meal Serve These Fish Tacos
To me, these speak summer. These fish tacos are refreshing and full of micro and macronutrients as well as fiber. You’ll finish eating this meal feeling satisfied and filled up!