Fish Tacos with Preserved Grapefruit Salsa

Tart preserved grapefruit and fresh grapefruit segments combine with avocado to make a complex salsa that pairs nicely with fish.

Fish Tacos with Preserved Grapefruit Salsa
Photo: Leigh Beisch
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 medium red grapefruit

  • 1 ripe avocado, diced

  • 1 small shallot, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon preserved grapefruit paste (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil, divided

  • 1 pound mild fish fillets, such as cod, halibut or rockfish

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup shredded cabbage

  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed (see Tip)


  1. Using a sharp knife, remove peel and white pith from grapefruit. Working over a medium bowl, cut grapefruit segments from their surrounding membranes, dropping them into the bowl; discard the membranes and any seeds. Add avocado, shallot, cilantro, preserved grapefruit paste and 1 tablespoon oil; toss to combine.

  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and heat until shimmering. Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and cook until lightly browned and starting to flake, 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on thickness.

  3. Serve the fish, salsa and cabbage in tortillas.


Make your own preserved citrus paste with this recipe. If you don't want to preserve your own citrus, grab a jar of preserved lemons at the grocery store. Rinse the citrus to remove excess salt. Puree in a food processor or blender. Refrigerate the paste for up to 1 year.

Heat tortillas, one at a time, directly on a burner or in a hot pan until blistered in spots. (Alternatively, wrap tortillas in a barely damp, clean kitchen towel or paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds.)

Associated Recipe:

Preserved Citrus Paste

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

387 Calories
17g Fat
35g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 tacos
Calories 387
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 252mg 11%
Potassium 861mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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