Cumin and Coriander Crusted Mahi Tacos with Pineapple-Jicama Slaw


I’m just gonna come right out and say it: these tacos are totally dreamy.

Ben is rather easy to please when it comes to tacos; wrap anything up in a tortilla (corn, low-carb, even lettuce) and he’s one happy dude. Me, on the other hand, I need the right ingredients. Not just anything makes a good taco; there has to be the right balance of flavors and textures.

And now I’m just gonna brag: I totally hit it with these ones.

There’s something special about a warm, tender mahi filet encased in bright coriander seeds and smoky cumin. To be clear, it’s important to use the spices in the form of whole seeds, as written in the recipe. Don’t substitute the ground stuff. If the thought of that annoys you because supermarkets charge over $5 for those little jars, then do what I do and find an Indian grocery store, where you can get big bags for less than $3. (Hint:you can stock up on other important ingredients, like chickpea flour, whole dried beans and lentils, and nuts too!)

Once you’ve got that combo down, and combine it with a crunchy slaw of crisp jicama and sweet pineapple, trust me, you’ll wonder why you ever ate another fish taco.

As if you need any more convincing, check out the nutritional stats and ingredient list and you’ll discover that these are surprisingly low in fat and sugar, and gluten-free and dairy-free too.

Head over to Clean Eating Magazine for the full recipe!


Now, I hope you’ll stick around for a couple other cool things I have to share…

First, should you desire more gluten-free, dairy-free, or other allergen-free recipes for yourself or your kiddos, you’ll want to check out a very cool iPhone app created by my friend Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free. The Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad apps allow you to select from hundreds of gluten-free, kid-friendly recipes and further customize them to meet your needs. Can’t eat eggs or dairy, perhaps? A simple touch will give you a choice of tried and true substitutions. Furthermore, you can select and customize a set of recipes for the entire week, and the app will spit out a personalized grocery list even organized by aisle! How’s that for a time saver? The app is interactive, too: feel free to give feedback on which substitutions worked best for you, and in turn improve the experience for others.

Maybe you’re thinking, “that’s cool, but my family can eat gluten, dairy, soy, etc. What do I need this for?” Food allergies are on the rise, and most likely,  your child has some classmates who can’t enjoy all the same foods that he or she can. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to prepare meals and snacks that everyone can enjoy when your child’s friends come to play? If you’re not used to preparing food for special diets, a simple, handy guide like this could be your new best pal.

Kim has even included a video to show you how easy it is! Seriously, you’ll want to check this out.

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Lastly, the winner of my Tropical Traditions giveaway for a 32oz jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil was Laurel. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered, and as always, for taking the time to visit here and read. It truly makes my day.
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17 Responses to “Cumin and Coriander Crusted Mahi Tacos with Pineapple-Jicama Slaw”

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    Laura — September 9, 2011 @ 1:39 pm Reply

    These look fabulous! Been wanting to try some jicama in some form. Thanks!

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    Kim-Cook It Allergy Free — September 9, 2011 @ 2:42 pm Reply

    Those tacos sound wonderful! I can only imagine how amazing that slaw tastes, too! I have to go over to Clean Eating and check out that recipe.  And I cannot thank you enough for sharing my App with your readers. I so totally appreciate your generous words about it! Seriously! 

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    Kelly — September 9, 2011 @ 3:22 pm Reply

    I have to say that I haven't shopped much at Indian grocery stores, but Asian grocery stores are great in the same way.  Loving all of these Clean Eating recipes you are whipping up.  Yum!

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    Hannah — September 9, 2011 @ 5:10 pm Reply

    I love your combination of bright, exotic flavors and creamy + crunchy textures, it sounds like a very well thought out and composed dish! Of course, I might opt for tofu rather than fish… 😉

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    Cara — September 9, 2011 @ 5:19 pm Reply

    Thankyou! I think this would be just as good with tofu 🙂

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story — September 9, 2011 @ 6:31 pm Reply

    So pretty, Cara. Love the herbs scattered about!

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    Gwen — September 9, 2011 @ 8:18 pm Reply

    They certainly look dreamy! I love Mahi Mahi and have been on a jicama kick lately (my latest post was actually for shrimp tacos w jicama ;)Love coconut oil, bummer I missed the linky. ;(

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    Hallie @ Daily Bites — September 9, 2011 @ 8:24 pm Reply

    A bit bummed that I didn't win the TT coconut oil, but those tacos have my stomach growling!

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    Kate — September 9, 2011 @ 10:36 pm Reply

    We're doing tacos next week for dinner – but with Tempeh instead of Mahi.

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    Joanne — September 10, 2011 @ 12:05 am Reply

    There's this huge Indian spice store in NYC that I go to for all my spices…I think I have a lifetime's supply of coriander seeds and garam masala.  Seriously…no Italian American should have that much of those in her cabinets 😛  LOVE these tacos!  And to think…I do have some tortillas in my fridge that need using up…

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    Kelsey — September 10, 2011 @ 1:06 am Reply

    These tacos look wonderful, Cara.  I'm thinking they'll be on the menu for next week!

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    Cara — September 10, 2011 @ 1:09 am Reply

    Aww, thanks! Enjoy!

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    Motherrimmy — September 10, 2011 @ 2:21 pm Reply

    We love seafood tacos in this house. Our local World Market sells small packets of spices at a very reasonable price. I usually purchase my spices there, then I can keep them fresh for a reasonable cost.

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — September 12, 2011 @ 9:28 pm Reply

    I'm also a lot pickier than Adam when it comes to tacos (actually most foods!). These sound fresh, unique and delicious. I'm saving the recipe for sure! 🙂

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    Olga @ MangoTomato — September 12, 2011 @ 10:19 pm Reply

    these really do look creamy and healthy and so flavorful. I need to make some fish tacos soon'ish,

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    megi — September 13, 2011 @ 9:07 pm Reply

    The tacos look great! I love the combination of flavours and textures you have used!

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    Adrienne — October 14, 2011 @ 9:15 pm Reply

    I'd like these for dinner tonight.  Maybe I'll just make that happen!  Gorgeous photos!

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