Hurray for fish tacos

Big ups to Sophie Dahl for her hot smoked salmon taco recipe… recapped below with a few modifications.


Fish tacos

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • A big handful of chopped fresh coriander
  • 450 g hot-smoked salmon
  • Salt and pepper (but not too much salt – the fish itself is quite salty)
  • 6 taco shells, warmed using packet directions
  • A handful of shredded red cabbage
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

Light sour cream and light mayo both work if you want a healthier option. You can also swap out the lemon or the lime and just use the same in the fish mixture and for squeezing over the taco !

Combine mayo, sour cream, chilli powder, cumin, lemon juice and coriander. Add salmon and give it one last mix through. Assemble tacos fish mixture first, followed by a bit of cabbage and some tomato. Sprinkle over some coriander if feeling fancy and serve with lime wedges for people to squeeze over.

Ms Dahl’s website is lovely – it can be viewed at

wombok chicken salad

Wombok cabbages are cumbersome looking things but turns out they can be easily defeated …

2 chicken breast fillets

3 cups of shredded wombok (Chinese cabbage)

1/2 red onion thinly sliced (or you can use spring onions instead)

1/3 cup mint leaves torn

1/3 cup coriander leaves

2 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs honey (or can substitute caster sugar)

1 tbs water

1 tbs soy sauce

3 tsp rice wine vinegar

1 long fresh red chili seeded and finely chopped

Cook chicken breasts by searing on each side and then ‘butterflying’ each breast by cutting it through the middle so that both sides of the centre can be laid out flat. Set chicken to one side to cool off a little bit (doesn’t need to be cold but just not super hot when you add it to the salad).

In small bowl (or coffee mug), combine fish sauce, honey, water, soy, rice wine vinegar and chili. Stir until  combined. Give it a taste and add a bit more honey if you like!

Roughly slice chicken, almost tearing it with the knife rather than cutting it neatly so that it has rough edges

Combine chicken, wombok, mint, coriander and onion in a bowl.  Pour dressing over the top and ‘toss’ the salad (sorry to get a little Nigella on you there).

This recipe is based on one published on The site attributes it to Australian Good Taste – December 2010 , Page 56. Recipe by Alison Adams