Fish of the Week – Post #1

You may have heard about sustainable seafood and know which choices to make, but if you haven’t, no worries – we will break it down for you!

Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild-caught or farm-raised that not only sustains current populations, but thrives over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested or raised must not cause undue harm to their natural ecosystems. The Houston Zoo strongly believes that embracing the use of sustainable seafood is one of the best ways we can all contribute to our oceans’ health.

How can you help, you ask? Here are a few ways:

  • Make smart choices about what you eat and where you buy it. This can make a huge impact on our oceans and the animals living there! Some of the top grocery stores in North America have public sustainable seafood sourcing policies – this list includes (but not limited to) Walmart, H-E-B, Fiesta, Kroger, Costco, Target, and Whole Foods. These stores provide sustainably-sourced seafood options for you to purchase and be confident you are making fish-friendly choices.
  • If you are out enjoying a meal at your favorite restaurant, you can ask them if the seafood they serve is sustainable.
  • You can also refer to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch consumer guide to learn which seafood options are best choices or good alternatives. Click here to download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Over the next seven weeks, we will feature a new “Fish of the Week” recipe here on our blog site. Each week will feature a sustainably-sourced seafood option along with a recipe provided by our very own Chef Larry. Not only will get you get to hear from one of the Zoo’s top chefs, but you can also prepare meals at home that help protect marine wildlife and their ecosystems!

This week’s recipe is for Baja Fish Tacos.

These fish tacos are simple and easy. Add lime rice and cumin black beans for a complete dish. If you can’t find gulf grouper, other great sustainable seafood options are cobia or red drum (also known as redfish or channel fish). It all depends on the season. If you don’t like corn tortillas, flour are a great substitute.

Ingredients:fish tacos

Fish & Marinate:
1.5 lbs Gulf Grouper
⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
1 tbls Chili Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Minced Garlic
½ cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
2 ea Green Onion, Chopped
½ ea Jalapeno Pepper, Chopped with Seeds
1 tbls Lime Juice

Chipotle Slaw:
½ ea Small Head Shredded Red Cabbage
½ cup Shredded Carrots
3 ea Green Onions, Bias Cut
2 tsp Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Chopped
⅓ cup Mayonnaise
3 tbls White Vinegar
1 tbls Lime Juice

10 slices Sliced Tomatoes, cut in to ½
10 ea Corn Tortillas
12 ea Lime Wedges

Marinating the Fish:

1. Combine all of your ingredient except the fish and place in a baking dish.
2. Add fish and rub all sides to completely coat fish, wrap and put in refrigerator for 40 min to 60 min.

Prepping the Slaw:

1. In a large bowl put your mayonnaise, white vinegar, chipotle peppers and salt & pepper mix well.
2. Add shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots and green onions.
3. Mix well and hold for service
4. Slice tomatoes and cut in to ½ moons.

Cooking the Fish:

1. Heat a cast iron skillet to med high.
2. Pull your fish out of the oil and carefully place it in the cast iron skillet.
3. Cook 3 to 4 min on each side. Don’t worry if the fish breaks because you are going to crumble it into large flakes.
4. Flake all the fish and hold to the side.
5. Heat your corn (or flour) tortilla in a nonstick pan with a little cooking spray. 1 min or so on each side. As the tortillas are heated place in a kitchen towel and hold.
6. To build your tacos: place tortilla on cutting board, add fish then top with chipotle slaw and 2 slices of tomatoes.
7. Place on a platter for service and serve with lime wedges.

Servings: 5
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

We would love to get your feedback on the recipe above; share your thoughts and/or suggestions in the comment section below. And be sure to check back next week for a new, tasty recipe to try!

Thanks for doing your part to save wildlife. And remember, every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in wild!

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