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Cajun Fish Tacos with Slaw and Lime Cream
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Cajun Fish Tacos with Slaw and Lime Cream

These are best made with corn tortillas. They can be hard to find in supermarkets but you can easily buy them online. If you can’t get them, use small wheat tortillas instead. 
Course: Dinner
Keyword: cajun, fish tacos
Servings: 4
Author: Genevieve Taylor


  • 3 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or other chili powder)
  • 6 ounces frim white fish fillets (e.g. hake, cod or haddock)

For the slaw:

  • 1/2 red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 3 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • 1 ounce (25g) coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon soft brown sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the lime cream:

  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra to drizzle

To serve:

  • 12 small soft corn tortillas
  • chili sauce (optional)
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced


  • Begin with the slaw as its flavour will improve after 1 hour in the bowl. Stir together the cabbage, spring onions (scallions), most of the coriander (cilantro) (save some to garnish) and half the sugar. Add the zest and juice of 1 lime and season generously with salt and pepper. Set aside at room temperature.
  • Sprinkle the cornflour (cornstarch) onto a large plate and stir in the cumin, cayenne and the remaining sugar. Season well with salt and pepper. Cut the fish fillets into chunky strips 3–4cm (1 1/4–11 /2in) wide. Toss the fish pieces in the seasoned flour to coat.
  • It’s best to cook fish in a fish cage for easy turning and to minimize sticking. Lay the fish pieces snugly together on the fish cage ready for the grill. Fire up the barbecue ready for direct grilling For cooking fish it’s good to have a really hot, clean grill surface so give the bars a good scrub with a wire brush when they’re hot, even if you are using a fish cage.
  • While the grill is heating, make the lime cream. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic and the zest and juice of the lime. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the tortillas into two piles of 6, wrap each in foil and set onto the grill bars to warm up for 2 minutes, turning them halfway. Set aside to keep warm while you cook the fish
  • Generously drizzle olive oil over both sides of the fish and lay the cage onto the grill bars over the fire. Lower the lid and cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until lightly charred and cooked through.
  • To serve, spoon some slaw into the centre of each warmed tortilla and top with a few slices of avocado. Use forks to flake the fish and add a few large chunks to each tortilla. Drizzle with some of the lime cream and scatter over the remaining coriander. Add chilli sauce if you like. Fold up the sides and tuck in quick!


foolproof bbqExcerpted from Foolproof BBQ © 2021 by Genevieve Taylor. Published by Quadrille Publishing.