Seared Halibut Tacos With Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa

Seared Halibut Tacos With Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa

The ever-popular fish taco need not rely on deep-fried strips to be delicious. Our tacos feature seared halibut and are served with a citrus salsa that would also make a great dip for slices of jicama. When searing the fillets, let them cook undisturbed until golden on the bottom before flipping, to get the crispest crust.

Serves 4


  • 1 Ruby Red grapefruit, segmented and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 jalapeño chile, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 skinless halibut fillets (about 4 ounces each)
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded napa cabbage
  • salt + pepper


1. Combine grapefruit, avocado, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Season halibut generously with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden and flaky, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove and let cool slightly, then flake with a fork.

3. Toast tortillas over the flame of a gas burner, turning, until lightly charred, about 1 minute. Top with fish, salsa, and cabbage, dividing evenly. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve immediately.

Excerpted from Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide by Martha Stewart Living. Published by Random House in 2015. Photo courtesy of the author.

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