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It's Fish Taco Time! Tuna Tacos with Lime & Cilantro Cream

Posted by mmillet on March 11, 2013

tuna tacos

Tacos are one of the tastiest fast food staples. But why go out and buy what you could Traeger and make so much better yourself?

Tuna gets a bad rep because often when we hear tuna, we think of that dry, stringy stuff that comes in a tin can. Well fear tuna no more! This taco is fresh and meaty with some crunch, a creamy sauce and a hit of heat.

Fresh Tuna Tacos with Lime and Cilantro Cream

Pellets: Alder
Prep Time:
25 minutes plus 4 hours for marinating
Cook Time:
20 minutes


1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon Traeger Cajun Rub or taco seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 pound very fresh tuna steaks (about 3/4-inch thick)

Lime & Cilantro Cream:
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons pickled jalapeno juice

The Fixings:
6 corn tortillas, warmed on the Traeger
Shredded cabbage or lettuce (I used a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw)
Diced red onions
Diced fresh tomatoes
Fresh or pickled jalapeno slices
Fresh cilantro leaves
Fresh lime wedges
Whatever else you love on your tacos!

Even in its raw form tuna is screaming, "Eat me!" The color is just incredible.

Start by putting your fresh, beautiful tuna steaks in a large resealable bag. You can easily make the marinade by putting the orange juice, lime juice, Traeger Cajun Rub, minced garlic cloves and olive oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake that sucker until it's all mixed together. Pour the marinade over the tuna, seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.

While it's marinating make the delicious Lime & Cilantro Cream. Put the sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, garlic and pickled jalapeno juice in the jar of a blender and process until the cream is smooth.

This sauce is so incredibly good. I was tempted to hook up a Lime & Cilantro Cream I.V., but I resisted.

Cover it and keep it in the fridge until you're ready to serve. (You can make this sauce up to a day ahead.)

Start up your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to 400 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

While it's preheating get your fancy taco fixin's prepared. Basically, pull out everything you love to eat on tacos. To avoid taco chaos, we arrange all of the condiments in little bowls and make a taco bar and each person can create their favorite fish taco combination.

I love a fresh crunchy slaw on my fish tacos, so I took the coleslaw mix and added in some diced red peppers, chopped snow peas and diced red onions.

Usually, when dicing onions it looks like someone just told me that my childhood dog, Sparky, died due to the amount of tears pouring from my eyes. This time I solved that by using this handy pair of fume-blocking glasses.

We introduce to you, Onion Goggles. (They also make Grillin' Goggles to prevent that smoke-burn in your eyes.) We could not resist trying these. They're made by RSVP International and have a foam padding on them that really makes them pretty comfortable. I know this sounds hilarious and possibly absurd but they really work!

And they're quite dashing too!

...well maybe not dashing but they did the job. No onion tears and no smoke eyes. Of course I had to get my husband to model them. He's just happy that this decreases the tear-flow in the home.

At the end of the day, the Onion Goggles got the job done and everyone was happy because it tear-free.

But back to the tuna that needs Traegering. Drain the tuna steaks and dry them with paper towels. Arrange them directly on the grill grate and grill until the tuna is cooked to your liking, about 10-20 minutes. Flip them once halfway through.

I love my tuna to have a little bit of pink in the middle so I cooked them for about 13 minutes.

After they're done cooking, let them rest for a few minutes and then slice the tuna steaks into thin slices.

The rest of the taste palette is in your hands. Build that fish taco to your liking.

The truth is that pretty much anything with that Lime & Cilantro Cream on top will be absolutely delicious.


You can find this recipe in the Traeger on a Budget ebook.

If you want to check out some Onion Goggles or Grillin' Goggles for yourself, you can find them on Amazon.com. Go ahead, up your grilling game.

Tacos are one of the tastiest fast food staples. But why go out and buy what you could Traeger and make so much better yourself?