This is my sister, Suzanne, and the monster-sized fish she caught in 1991.
Get it? Taco…falafel…tacolafel! I just made that up! Whatever, these tacolafels are sooo good and the protein from the fish is great for days when you've taxed your muscles with a good weight workout. Served with steamed vegetables on the side, this healthy recipe is just about the right amount for 2 people.
8 oz firm fish filet such as salmon, mahi mahi, or sea bass, cut into pieces approximately ½ x2 inches
3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
4 soft corn tortillas or 2 whole wheat pita breads
4 tablespoons of hummus
2 leaves of romaine lettuce, chopped
4 grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
½ avocado, sliced
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. When it’s beginning to get hot, put the fish pieces in so that they are not touching each other. Sprinkle with the chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Cook until they start to brown on the bottom. With a spatula, scrape from the bottom and turn the fish pieces. They may start to come apart, but that’s okay, just keep scraping them from the bottom of the pan and turning the pieces until they’re all lightly browned (about 5 minutes). Remove the fish from the pan and set them aside on paper towels. In a clean pan (preferably an iron skillet), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. If you're using the corn tortillas instead of the pita breads, place one tortilla in the pan to heat it on both sides. You’re not really going to brown it, but it should be hotter and much more flexible than when you put it in, maybe just a bit more cooked. If you're using the pita bread, warm it in a toaster oven. On the tortilla put 1 tablespoon of the hummus, ¼ of the fish pieces, ¼ of the avocado, some romaine, and one of the little tomatoes. If using pita, on the pita put 1/2 of the hummus, 1/2 of the fish, 1/2 of the avocado, romaine, and tomatoes.
Fold your tortilla or pita in half. Repeat with the other tortillas until you have 4 beautiful tacolafels. Give two to your dinner companion, keep two for yourself, and have a great meal!