Spicy Mexican Lettuce Wraps: Fish

Mexico has some really good spiced seafood dishes. One of them is this lettuce wrap where the fish and vegetables are encased in the lettuce leaf and had – more like a taco. Substituting the taco shell for the lettuce wrap makes the whole preparation healthy.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes (plus 1 hour marination time)
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Portion : 4 portions
Ingredients:
Tuna 450 grams
Green Olives (sliced) 8 nos.
Tomatoes (roughly chopped) 1 cup
Onion (finely chopped) ½ cup
Jalapeños/Green Bell Peppers (roughly chopped) ¼ cup
Iceberg Lettuce 8 large leaves
Garlic (finely chopped) 4 cloves
Red Chilli Powder 1½ tablespoon
Cumin Powder 1 tablespoon
Limes (cut in halves) 1 no.
Olive Oil 4 tablespoons
Coriander Leaves (finely chopped) 4 tablespoons
Freshly Crushed Black Peppercorns To taste
Salt To taste
 

Preparation Method:

1.           Rinse the tuna fillets and pat dry. Cut into 1 cm thick fillets

2.          Combine chilli powder, cumin powder and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Mix well. Rub the spice into the fish and refrigerate for at least an hour

3.          Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pan over medium flame. Add the onions, garlic and jalapeños. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until the onions are soft. Add the tomatoes and green olives. Sauté for 2 minutes and remove the vegetables onto a plate and allow to cool

4.         Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the remaining olive oil. When hot, add the fish and allow each side to sear before turning over. Remove onto a plate and repeat with the other fillets

5.          Slice the fish

6.         Squeeze half the lime over the fish and the other half over the sautéed vegetables

7.          Assemble the wraps: Arrange 2 lettuce leaves on each plate, portion the vegetables in each lettuce cup. Place over the fish

8.         Serve, garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

Observations:
·         If you desire more spice, add finely chopped green chillies into the vegetables in Step 3

·         To eat, fold over the lettuce leaf edges to encase the fish, and bite!

Accompaniments:
·         When consumed immediately, the fish is moist. For more moisture, spoon over some salsa.
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