Friday , 19 January 2018

Grilled Fish with Avocado Sauce


I’m still working on catching up – I’m in the home stretch, but my classes have started up again and work responsibilities have increased so it’s a definite juggling act that I’m working on figuring out how to balance.  Unfortunately the things I want to do, like blogging have definitely fallen a bit to the wayside as I’ve concentrated on work and school.

But enough of me whining, let’s get on to the good stuff, the food!

I can’t remember the first time I had an avocado.  It was probably in guacamole, and while my memories are hazy my love for avocado is a definite.  I’m a big fan of using avocado in place of mayo or cheese on sandwiches or as an ingredient in dishes.

Tip: To figure out if an avocado is ripe, check the stem end.  If the stem is soft and basically falling off the avocado is ripe.  Don’t squeeze the sides because it’ll just cause bruising, especially if you don’t end up buying that avocado.  Then the poor person that does buy it will end up with an avocado with giant dark spots.  Moral of the story, don’t be “that” guy.

Back when I started buying avocados, I would buy them in a two to one ratio, because you never knew whether the avocado was ripe and unbruised.  Plus that way I knew I always had enough to use in whatever dish I was planning.

Tip: To ripen an avocado, place in a paper bag and leave on the counter.  Leave for a few hours to overnight, depending on how quickly you need it to ripen.  To slow ripening, i.e. I bought it on Sunday and don’t need it till Thursday, make sure you buy an underripe one and then stick it in the fridge.

This recipe takes full advantage of my love for avocado’y goodness and uses it as a saucy base for some simple grilled fish.

Grilled Fish with Avocado Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories per serving: 306

Fat per serving: 17.3

Grilled Fish with Avocado Sauce


    For the Fish
  • ½ - ¾ lb mild white fish (such as tilapia or snapper)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • For the Avocado Sauce
  • 1 small poblano
  • 1 jalapeno
  • ½ small white onion, cut into two pieces
  • 3 whole cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ small avocado
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • Dash of cumin
  • Dash of Mexican oregano
  • ¼ cup nonfat sour cream
  • ¼ cup chicken or fish stock (or water)
  • ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Put the fish in a bowl and pour over the orange and lime juice. Marinate for 30 minutes, turning once.
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet or the broiler. Roast the chilies, onion and garlic until browned. The garlic and jalapeno will roast for 4 – 6 minutes. The poblano and onion will take double that (about 8 to 12). Remove and let cool until cool enough to handle. Seed the chilies.
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine the chilies, onion, garlic, olive oil, avocado, cilantro, cumin, oregano, sour cream, stock and lime juice. Process until thick and smooth. Taste and adjust, adding salt, pepper or lime juice to taste.
  4. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Grill the fish until done, about 4 – 5 minutes per side. Serve avocado sauce with fish and garnish with additional cilantro if desired.


Don't be turned off by the slightly higher fat content. The majority of it are healthy fats from the avocado and olive oil.

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  1. I can understand trying to juggle work and school. My daughter is going to grad school and working, so I hear from her how hard it is to balance life. Thank you for the tips on finding the perfect avocado. I love that they’re considered healthy now and people love them! I’m sharing this recipe with my Twitter friends. They’ll love it!
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  2. I think I need to try this I havent used avocadoes with fish yet
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  3. There was a little old lady squeezing the hell out of the avocados the other day leaving imprints! THEN she would put it back on the shelf! Thank goodness I was able to save a couple for myself! Great fish taco recipe and the avocado sauce looks awesome! It could be serve with a lot of different dishes!
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  4. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook

    Love avocado, looks fantastic with the fish. Great idea to use the avocado for mayo in some dishes!

  5. That looks so good. Definately want to try it.

  6. This looks really delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’m definitely going to try this out. 🙂
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  7. What a beautiful dish with avocado. I have a bag of avocados that I need to finish this week, so this recipe came in really handy! Good luck with your busy schedule! 🙂
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  8. CJ at Food Stories

    I love your tips and I never want to be “that guy” 🙂

  9. Another delicious dish from you!!!! I love the avocado sauce and I think this fish would taste soooo good with the rice you made on the side!! What kind of rice is it?? Very flavourful and delicious!! Great job as usual!! 🙂
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  10. Sounds like a wonderful, summery recipe. I love avocado too and always have some ripening on the counter 🙂
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  11. Hot stuff! I never thought about using avocado in place of mayo! Normally I just use sour cream but avocado sounds like an ace substitution. You know I love me some fish, this recipe is totally getting bookmarked 🙂
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  12. I love avocados too… but thanks for the tip on how to choose avocados. My daughter called me the other day asking how to pick an avocado and I told her to google it haha.
    Thanks for sharing!
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  13. Hi! The avocado sauce is just superb with the fish. I cannot think of anything more refreshing or seasonally appropriate 🙂 LOVE IT!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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  14. I’ve had a long standing love affair with avocados too but they usually end up as a salad component. I would have never though of using them as a sauce for fish – great idea!

  15. My husband is a fish eater, he will love this!! 🙂 My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here:


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