Jerk Fish Tacos w/ Mango Salsa & Coconut Avocado Sauce + Coconut Lime Rice

jerk fish tacos with mango salsa and coconut avocado cilantro sauce

jerk fish tacos with mango salsa and coconut avocado cilantro sauce

Another Tuesday bites the dust! And… another tray of tacos. I made these babies on Sunday and they were a huge hit. Jamaican cuisine is one of my absolute favorites and has been since we had a little Jamaican restaurant in my hometown of Marble Falls, Texas. I remember falling in love with plantains and dark rum (haha just kidding!) at a young age. I had many fond memories of that place- I even had my first date there! Now jerk seasoning holds a special place in my heart. Not to say these tacos are authentic Jamaican cuisine by any means, but they are certainly inspired. Heck I’m from Texas- everything comes in the form of a taco and have a little Mexican flair!

I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did! 

Taco platter!

Taco platter!

Ingredients

Jerk seasoning:

  • thyme, 1 tbsp.
  • onion powder, 1 ½ tbsp.
  • garlic powder, 1 ½ tbsp.
  • ginger, 1 tbsp
  • cinnamon, ½ tbsp.
  • allspice, 1 tbsp
  • nutmeg, ½ tbsp.
  • paprika, 1 tbsp,
  • coconut sugar, 2 tbsp
  • salt, 2 tbsp
  • cayenne pepper, ½- 1 tbsp (depending on how spicy you like it)

Mango Salsa:

  • mango, 1, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • fresh cilantro, rough chopped, ¼ cup
  • fresh lime juice, ¼ cup
  • red onion, ½, small chopped
  • ½ cup black beans
  • salt to taste

Coconut Cilantro Sauce: 

  • 1 big handful of cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk, light
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Rice:

  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • ½ cup canned coconut cream
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Other:

  • 1 lb. fresh white fish of choice, such as snapper, cod or mahi-mahi
  • tortillas of choice
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • avocado oil
  • radishes, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 very ripe plantain (optional), thinly sliced
  • radishes, for garnish (optional)

 

Avocado cilantro sauce.

Avocado cilantro sauce.

Method

  1. Make jerk seasoning by combining all of the spices in a small bowl.
  2. Place fish fillets into a baking dish. Squeeze half a lemon over the fillets. Sprinkle with the jerk seasoning- enough to cover the top and bottom of each fillet. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinade as you are preparing the other items.
  3. Make mango salsa by simply combining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Make the cilantro sauce by combing all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend well. Adjust thickness as desired by adding water a tsp at a time.
  5. For the rice, simply stir coconut cream and lime juice into freshly cooked white rice. Stir in chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Preheat a skillet on medium heat. Add the butter. Add sliced plantains and cook until brown and caramelized. Flip to the other side and do the same. 

 

Coconut lime rice.

Coconut lime rice.