Blackened Swordfish Tacos w/ Mango Avocado Salsa

It has been a rough past few days for me. On Friday I went swimming off one of the piers near Waikiki; while climbing up the rocks to get out, I slipped and stepped on Wana, a Hawaiian sea urchin. Let me tell you, you do NOT want to come in contact with a sea urchin. Ever. I had probably over 40 spines in my big toe and second toe. A nice local man helped me pull a lot of them out, but I still had a dozen or more that had broken off in my toes. After missing two days of work and spending the weekend soaking my foot in vinegar they are still not completely out or healed. Not to mention I also got almost 20 mosquito bites Friday as well…. Even in Hawaii, life is not always perfect.

Although, on a more positive note I am happy to share with you the easiest, most delicious fish tacos ever. OK maybe not ever, but these are seriously good. You remember my Secret Recipe Club post for the Mango Avocado Salsa? Well here it is in action. I couldn’t think of a better recipe to use this salsa in. Enjoy the spring weather with these fish tacos and big ol’ margarita; I know I will be.

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Blackened Swordfish Tacos w/ Mango Avocado Salsa
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4
  • 2 (6 oz.) swordfish filets (cut into strips)
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 5" corn tortillas
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce (thinly chopped)
  • 1 cup Mango Avocado Salsa (see post for recipe)
  1. Combine all the spices in a bowl, then coat the swordfish pieces with mixture.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Saute the seasoned fish until cooked through (about 5-8 minutes).
  4. Steam the tortillas until soft.
  5. Fill tortillas with fish, lettuce and salsa to serve.

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13 Responses to Blackened Swordfish Tacos w/ Mango Avocado Salsa

  1. My poor baby…hope you’re feeling better and back to work. The photos in this post are lovely. XO

  2. The fish tacos with the avocado salsa look refreshing and delicious! Great photos! Sorry to hear about the urchin, those things are nasty, vinegar’s the best remedy. I always try to wear aqua shoes just to be sure.

  3. Redawna says:

    Ouch. That sounds very painful. Hope you can get them all out and get healed soon.

    The tacos look amazing!

  4. Oh man that sucks! Tacos look awesome and a large Margie sounds just the ticket right now 😉
    Rest up and take care!!

  5. Denise says:

    Oh OUCH!!! Sorry you have had a hard day. But yes, these fish tacos with this yummy salsa and a big margarita should make things a bit better!!

  6. Peggy says:

    Oh you poor thing! Hope your foot is healing up =) These tacos sound amazing!

  7. Kiri W. says:

    I love swordfish, but never thought to make fish tacos with it – looks like a great summer dish!

  8. Wow these fish tacos look amazing and so fresh! These are perfect for this warm weather :-)

  9. Eliot says:

    I hope you had this in your archives before you stepped on that hideous creature! What a terrible experience! I hope your toe is better now. I love a good mango salsa. This looks excellent!

  10. Kimby says:

    Jenny, I liked how you put a positive spin on this post, despite your woes. Your great attitude will help you overcome this latest set-back, and your great Margarita ain’t a bad idea either. 😉 Take care!

  11. Sandra says:

    Ouch, I’ve been stung by a jelly fish. Those sea critters can really hurt! Your tacos look amazing!

  12. Robin Gago says:

    I didn’t make the mango/avocado salsa as I’d already made a mango/papaya salsa before I found this, but yummm the fish is delicious this way. I may have cut it thinner because it took only 2 minutes on one side and 30 seconds on the other to have perfectly cooked fish. Flavor was outstanding, but spicy so a fruit salsa is really a great way to cool it down.

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