Tilapia Fish Tacos
According to several religions, tilapia are apparently fish of supreme royalty and honor. They can be consumed for infinite meat, tug-boat sun gods, and literally spit out hundreds of dollars.
In biblical stories, a tilapia is featured both providing an infinite food supply to a mass of people and coughing up a tetradrachm—a silver coin equivalent to about $400. It is also the assumed fish species to have been caught by the hundreds by Peter the fisherman (after a Jesus-y intervention).
In ancient Egyptian religion, tilapia were the fish most closely associated with the gods (according to paintings and hieroglyphs). They are often related to Hathor, goddess of fertility, women, and love, in that certain amulets of tilapia were perceived to increase chances of fertilization. Tilapia were also thought to have guided the boat of the sun god Ra during a war with the Great Serpent.
Prep: 5 min (most done while cooking) | Cooking: 25 min | Total: 30 min
Makes 8 tacos; serves 4
Salt (1 tsp)
Cayenne (1/2 tsp)
Paprika (1/2 tsp)
Cumin (1/2 tsp)
Ground black pepper (1/4 tsp)
Tilapia fillets (1 1/2 lbs.)
Corn tortillas (8)
Sour cream (1/3 cup)
Mayonnaise (1/4 cup)
Lime juice (2 tbsp or the juice of 1 lime)
Sea salt (1/4 tsp)
Valentina hot sauce (1 tbsp)
Garlic powder (1 tsp)
Onion powder (1 tsp)
Lettuce (2 cups)
Fresh tomatoes, diced (1/2 cup)
Onions, diced (1/2 cup)
Avocados, sliced (8 wedges)
Cilantro, coarsely chopped (1/4 cup)
Cotija cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
Preheat oven to 375 °F. In a small bowl, mix salt, cayenne, paprika, cumin, and black pepper. Sprinkle spices on both sides of tilapia. Bake for 25 minutes.
While fish is cooking, assemble sauce: In a medium size bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, sea salt, hot sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Place in fridge.
Prepare other fillings. Slice/separate fish into cubes. Assemble taco: spread sauce on the base of a tortilla, add fish and vegetables, top with cheese and cilantro. Serve.