spiced barramuni tacos with spanish rice & chipotle cream

spiced barramuni tacos with spanish rice & chipotle cream www.climbinggriermountain.com

Well, here we are smack dab right in the middle of winter.

Oh, the joy.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy winter. Living in Colorado you truly get to enjoy the outdoors 365 days a year. But after the holidays and before spring break itineraries are set, winter blows. There’s nothing to get gussied up for or celebrate, and you seriously feel like you are living in your down parka. It’s the pits.

spiced barramuni tacos with spanish rice & chipotle cream

However, during these sub zero freezing months, the one thing remains constant: my craving for fresh foods. I realize when I say “fresh” during the winter we’re talking turnips that just fell off the truck. I can get down on some winter veggies, but can I let you in on a little secret?

Pssst, check it.

I was recently introduced to Barramundi; a white fish that is farm-raised in the Southeast Pacific waters. Barramundi is all the rage when it comes to sustainability. They call it the “The Sustainable Sea Bass” because of their Smart Aquaculture methods. The brilliant thing about this meaty yet, buttery flavored fish is that it literally tastes like you caught it right off the New Zealand shore.

Talk about fresh-mcfresh! There are a zillion ways to serve this dish – my favorite being fish tacos. It pairs perfectly with Spanish spices as well as rice. Plus, add a little Chipolte cream on top and you’ll never know that these no-mercury, high-in-protein, mega-load of Omega-3s tacos are good for you!

So where do you get this fab fresh fish? Well, head on down to Trader Joe’s, or if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s you can snatch it up at Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Safeway, and other retailers!

Now, where’s the beach?

spiced barramuni tacos with spanish rice & chipotle cream www.climbinggriermountain.com

***This post was sponsored via the NoshOn.IT Publisher Partner Program a leading barramundi producer. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.***

Spiced Barramuni Tacos with Spanish Rice & Chipotle Cream

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


for the tacos:
2 packages Barramuni Fillets, thawed, skin on
1 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
8 tortillas
2 cups Spanish rice, cooked
cilantro, garnish

for the chipotle cream:
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon chipotle adobo sauce


for the tacos:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, paprika, coriander, garlic powder, and salt & pepper. Place fillets on baking sheet and cover fish with rub. Drizzle olive oil on top. Bake for about 13 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven, let cool and then remove skin. Take a tortilla add 1/4 cup of Spanish rice, top with fish, chipotle cream, and cilantro. Repeat process until all tortillas have been used.

for the chipotle cream:
In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and adobo sauce.

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43 Responses to “spiced barramuni tacos with spanish rice & chipotle cream”

  1. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 5, 2014 at 13:54

    Umm hello beautiful fish tacos. I started to like fish tacos in college and now I can’t get enough of them.

    • Lauren replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 15:05

      Me too! I swear we are leading the same life:)

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    Jenny Flake — February 5, 2014 at 14:06

    Ok, these look like the perfect tacos! Bookmarked and pinned!!

    • Lauren replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 15:04

      Why, thank you, Jenny! Hope you have a great day!

  3. #
    Maria — February 5, 2014 at 14:08

    Beautiful tacos!

    • Lauren replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 15:05

      Thank you, Maria! And Happy Birthday!!!

  4. #
    Vijay @ NoshOnIt — February 5, 2014 at 14:24

    These look amazing Lauren! I’m also a huge fan of putting rice into my tacos…or, well, just about into everything.

    • Lauren replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 15:29

      ME too!! Thanks, Vijay!!

  5. #
    Tieghan — February 5, 2014 at 14:31

    My dream kind of taco!! Love fish tacos of any kind! :)

    • Lauren replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 15:29

      LOL!! Tacos are seriously the best:) Thanks, Tieghan!

  6. #
    Erika — February 5, 2014 at 15:06

    Hey now..Hey now..hey.. Tacos all day long. Especially fish tacos.. Love these.

    • Lauren replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 15:31

      HA! Love it! Thanks, friend!!

  7. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 5, 2014 at 15:06

    Gorgeous!!! I wish they were in front of me right now, not just on the screen :)

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:15

      LOL! Thanks, Rachel! I’ll save you some!

  8. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 5, 2014 at 15:30

    Looks scrumptious LG! Love barramundi!

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:16

      Yo, yo! Barramundi is where it’s at! xoxo

  9. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — February 5, 2014 at 15:56

    these look faboosh! I’ve got some TJ’s mahi mahi steaks laying around the freezer that I’m totally going to use for this recipe

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:17

      Dewwwwww it, gurl! You will love the spice:)

  10. #
    Megan {Country cleaver} — February 5, 2014 at 17:02

    I’m diving in face first!!

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:19

      I’m right behind you!

  11. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — February 5, 2014 at 17:30

    These look super yummy, might have to make it a taco night now!

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:21

      Um, I am going to second that idea! Tacos are the best! Thanks, Pamela!

  12. #
    Eileen — February 5, 2014 at 18:54

    Fish tacos are definitely an excellent way to brighten up weeks of freezing winter! I could seriously eat tacos for every meal. :) And that chipotle cream sounds amazing!

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:21

      Right? Be gone sub zero temps! Thanks, Eileen!

  13. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 5, 2014 at 20:14

    I’m so glad to know this about Barramundi. I am making a TJ’s list for a trip in a couple weeks and I’m adding some now. I love these tacos!

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:23

      Yay!! You will love it, Cassie! And I hope you are having a wonderful bday!

  14. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 5, 2014 at 20:48

    Gotta say, if winter looks like THIS, I’ll take a few more weeks of it :)

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:23

      LOL! Totally agree, Claire!

  15. #
    Happy Valley Chow — February 5, 2014 at 21:14

    Goodness gracious those tacos look absolutely incredible! Totally want to try these :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:24

      Thank you!!! xoxo

  16. #
    michael — February 6, 2014 at 00:11

    Oh wow, ….MMM your tacos look so delicious! I love these things, I could eat 3-4 of these right now! Adding the Spanish rice is a good idea. :-)

    I linked to your site from another blog and I am glad I did. Great site, good recipes and super photographs!

    Michael :-)

    • Lauren replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 03:24

      The Spanish rice really kicks these up a notch! You will love them:)

  17. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 6, 2014 at 05:15

    I adore fish tacos–and this recipe looks divine! Love the chipotle cream!

  18. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — February 6, 2014 at 12:06

    Sexiest. Tacos. EVER.

  19. #
    Trisha — February 6, 2014 at 16:54

    These look so delicious! i love fish tacos

  20. #
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily — February 7, 2014 at 00:21

    Look at those tacos! Perfection. I’ll bet I can find some Barramuni at TJ’s. You can come stay with us here in Phoenix for a while and de-thaw! It’s gorgeous out! Perfect fish taco on the patio weather. ;} errrr, sorry :(

  21. #
    Joanne — February 7, 2014 at 04:57

    I have heard SO MUCH about barramundi lately! Obviously need to try. Probably in tacos. Because, SO GOOD.

    Also, I just read your comment on my blog and…WE HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY! So we officially are soul sisters.

  22. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — February 7, 2014 at 13:11

    This looks fantastic!! Omg, the tacos, the rice, the fish..I just want this for lunch! I must try this type of fish..I’ve never heard of it til now and it looks like it’d make fabulous entrees!

  23. #
    Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists — February 9, 2014 at 02:51

    Cannot get enough of fish tacos, these looks delicious!

  24. #
    maria at inredningsvis — February 9, 2014 at 20:25

    AHHHH this recipy is TO Delish to handle :) love your blog and im following now.

    Check out my blog today…my all time fav. lasagna recipy :)

    Have a fab week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis – inredning it’s, Swedish for decor :)

  25. #
    Whitney Y — February 10, 2014 at 02:54

    Is there a recipe for the Spanish rice? I searched your website and didn’t find one, but it looks delicious and I’d love to make it!

    • Lauren replied: — February 10th, 2014 @ 03:02

      Whitney – I don’t have a recipe! I just grab a box at Whole Foods:) Makes dinner time so easy!


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