These tacos were inspired by my husband's love of Hawaiian food and my hankering for flavorful tacos. They combine pan-seared mahi mahi, sweet mango and cilantro salsa, soft avocado slices, crunchy red onion and radicchio, and a drizzle of spicy-tangy mayo. We love the mixture of color, texture, and flavors here, especially on a warm summer evening with a fruity drink or cerveza. Enjoy! —laura
Test Kitchen Notes
A fantastic recipe for summer. It's easy to prepare, beautiful, and tasty. The flavors are bright and complex and complement each other so well. To quote my husband (after he devoured his first taco): "Oh man, this is good." Needless to say, we'll be making it again soon! Next time, I'll up the spice in the mayo—maybe by substituting chilies in adobo.
6-oz. mahi mahi fillets
small red onion
small head radicchio
sambal oelek, or other spicy hot pepper sauce
Pat the mahi mahi dry and let it come close to room temperature while you prep the taco fixings.
Cut the 1/2 red onion into very thin round slices and let sit in a bowl of cold water to reduce the sharpness. Cut the mangoes into a small dice and spritz with some lime juice, then chop the cilantro leaves and combine with the mango. Slice the avocado into thin slices and spritz with more lime juice to keep the color fresh. Cut the radicchio into thin slices as for slaw.
Make the sauce by combining mayo, sambal oelek to taste, and some lime juice and/or water to thin it out slightly. Taste and adjust ingredients for flavor and consistency.
Season the mahi mahi with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil; when hot, sear the mahi mahi, 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through to the center. Flake the fish into large pieces, making sure no bones remain.
Heat the corn tortillas individually over the open flame of a gas burner, turning with heat-proof tongs to warm and gently cook both sides (alternatively, spread them out on baking sheets and cook in the oven on low heat for a few minutes until warmed through). When ready to serve, drizzle some sambal-lime mayo down the center of the tortilla, then place the avocado slices on top, followed by the radicchio, mahi mahi, mango salsa, red onion, and additional sambal-lime mayo.