We’ve never believed you need a special holiday to enjoy tacos, but there’s truly no better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than by serving up a big platter of this versatile fan favorite. And while beef and chicken may tend to take center stage when it comes to popular taco recipes, we’re lobbying today for an unsung hero: the seafood taco.
Even though fish tacos have become food truck darlings in recent years, seafood tacos still haven’t gotten the respect they deserve. If you’re unconvinced that your next taco night should also be a seafood feast, here are three reasons to convince you differently:
- Generally, seafood is lower in calories and fat than other traditional taco meats. You know what that means, right? Bring on the cheese, avocado and sour cream!
- Speaking of avocado, this creamy superfood is the perfect companion to both taco night and most types of seafood. The subtle flavor and healthy fats are a match made in tortilla heaven.
- You know what else goes great with seafood? Citrus! Which, coincidentally, is also great on tacos — especially lime.
Craving seafood tacos yet? We thought so. Here are five recipes worth trying this Cinco de Mayo:
Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce
Choose your favorite flaky white fish and follow this flavor-packed recipe for blackened fish tacos with avocado lime sauce. With a bold Mexican-inspired spice blend coating the fish, your taste buds won’t soon forget this winning combination. The avocado lime sauce makes for the ultimate topping, complementing the spicy fish perfectly.
Shrimp Tacos with a Creamy Cabbage Slaw
With decadent shrimp and crunchy cabbage, this recipe is full of texture and flavor. Plus, the slaw is made creamy from the Greek yogurt in the sauce, so this is a recipe you can both enjoy and feel good about eating. Once you blend up the sauce, it’ll only take you a few minutes to pan-fry the shrimp and assemble your tacos — making this meal almost as fast as it is delicious.
Salmon Tacos with Citrus Salsa
While white fish generally comes to mind when you think of fish tacos, salmon can certainly hold its own. However, the true winner in this recipe is the juicy citrus salsa, which combines oranges, avocados, cilantro and jalapeño to make this taco an instant favorite. The juicy sweetness of the citrus goes perfectly with the spicy run on the salmon, and with it all rolled up in a corn tortilla, you truly can’t lose.
Cilantro Lime Crab Salad Tacos
While this recipe is written for any lump crab meat, we can promise that you won’t regret trying it with our king crab legs. Best of all, this recipe is no cook — all you have to do is defrost and pick your crab meat, then assemble.
Lobster Tacos with Brussels Sprout Slaw and Mango Habanero Sauce
The nutritional punch of the Brussels sprout slaw combined with the sweet and spicy flavor bomb of the mango habanero sauce makes these lobster tacos a meal your family won’t soon forget. They’ll have even the biggest Brussels sprout naysayer asking for seconds.
Try one of the above recipes this Cinco de Mayo and let us know what you think. Welcome to the seafood taco revolution!