Fish Taco Bowls

Fish Taco Bowls // The Live-In Kitchen

Despite a natural lack of anything that could be called “groove,” I was a drummer for all of two months in high school.

I learned one song to play with the school jazz band, mostly to impress a boy (spoiler: nailed it. The lesson here is be someone you’re not to land a husband… not really). While I wouldn’t say I rocked it, it was so satisfying to watch my progression from complete ignorance into competence. What was previously impossible became muscle memory. That muscle memory was important because you’d better believe my hands were shaking when it came time to perform.

When I first started blogging I knew very little about food photography. I had taken a number of photography classes in high school and college. I had browsed food blogs and eyed up the delicious food they were serving. Still, I was fairly ill-equipped when it came to taking eye catching photos that could be seen as both delicious and professional. While I still have a ways to go, this has been another fun adventure in learning and growing a skill.

Fish Taco Bowls // The Live-In Kitchen

Tasty Food Photography is an ebook by Lindsay Ostrom of Pinch of Yum . I ordered this book a few months after starting my food blog and I credit it with teaching me so much about photography and editing. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have much time to take pictures. Tasty Food Photography really helped me streamline my photo editing process to make the most of what I am able to capture. It’s also full of great tips on lighting, set up, and basic camera functions.

Tasty Food Photography eBook

Lindsay recently updated her book with even more great information. If you already own a copy just send her an email and you’ll get the updated version for free. Today I’m also giving away one copy to one lucky reader! Just scroll down below the recipe to enter.

I thought it would be fun to make one of Lindsay’s recipes to go along with the giveaway. I love her recipes because she’s a pseudo-vegetarian and chocoholic like me. I also thought it might be fun to pick something that would be difficult to photograph (read: messy) so I could put the skills I learned from Lindsay’s book into practice. I found this recipe for spicy fish taco bowls and put my own spin on them (specifically making them less spicy for my babies and husband). I can tell Jeron likes what I’ve made if he asks what the dish is called. A few bites into these taco bowls I got the fateful question, and I know he’ll be asking for it again!

From drums to dinner, it never hurts to impress your husband.

Fish Taco Bowls // The Live-In Kitchen

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Fish Taco Bowls
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • 3-4 cod fillets (or other white fish such as tilapia)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, or fresh corn cut off the cob
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • Avocado, cilantro, and lime juice for garnish (optional)
  1. In a small bowl combine chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Sprinkle evenly over bothl sides of the fish (I didn't use all of it, but you could if you like things spicier) and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the fish and cook, undisturbed, for several minutes per side. Check the middle of the fish for doneness. It should flake easily and be opaque throughout. Remove the fish from the pan and set aside.
  3. If necessary, add another drizzle of olive oil to the pan and add the onion, pepper, and corn. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender, about 7 minutes. Add the black beans and heat through.
  4. Layer rice, bean mixture, and fish in a bowl and top with avocado, cilantro, and lime juice if desired.
Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

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  1. says

    Your photo is gorgeous! I seriously need to learn how to take better pictures. I’ve finally mastered lighting but now I need to master composition.

    • says

      Thank you! There are still times where I think I’m taking a great picture and look at it later to realize I should have set things up differently. We all have something to work on!

      • bb says

        I thought this was going to be vegetarian, then saw the fish. Not vegetarian, but sound good. Photography is very nice!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing your giveaway link on the Fortify Facebook page! One thing I have enjoyed learning how to do is blogging! A few years ago I didn’t even know what a blog is and now my blog is up and running. I love blogging and still have lots to learn :) I would love to win a copy of the food photography book! I would love the help!

  3. says

    I have loved attempting to learn how to bake. It hasn’t really come easy for me. There are times when I have to really work at it. But I am loving the journey! and would LOOOOVE to have this book. I’ve been trying to win it for a couple weeks now.

    • says

      I didn’t read the question before I commented… I’ve really learned how to cook WITH my husband. We both have sometimes very different styles of cooking, so it’s something that we have had to have a lot of grace with each other. We’ve had most of our disagreements in the kitchen, but also some of our favorite moments as well!

  4. says

    I’m enjoying learning how to cook gluten-free. Now I’d love to learn how to photograph it better! Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. says

    Your photos are beautiful! I like that you chose something that’s not inherently “pretty,” yet made it look so nice and colorful.

    Regarding the entry question – I’ve enjoyed learning how to make bread. It’s something that had always intimidated me, so the first time I got it right I felt like a champion :)

  6. Angela says

    I’ve enjoyed learning to be creative. There are so many ways to do that- cooking, crafts, sewing, art, writing, teaching.

  7. says

    I’ve loved learning how to make/perfect sometimes “scary” or intimidating items in the kitchen. When my batch of macaron shells came out of the oven with a perfect little foot on them…I cried. Haha!

  8. Christina says

    I have a very fussy husband and it’s challenged me to find dishes that he likes without so many things that are staples to most people (think onions and rice and corn, among many other things). When we were first married I hated it, but now I try to embrace it as a challenge to make me be more creative in the kitchen. Starting to enjoy cooking again!

  9. mary says

    It’s delicious. Didn’t have avocados at home but did have sour cream and salsa verde. Added just a little of both. Will definitely make this again!

  10. Jeanette says

    Love the Fish Taco Bowls….followed recipe less the black beans (just not into black beans) ..used arugula versus the cilantro…otherwise all other ingredients the same. Even my husband, Mr Picky-Poo about trying something new, liked it and said “you can make this one again”…Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      I haven’t taken a calorie count, but there are some websites out there where you can enter all the ingredients and how many servings you split it into and they will pop it out for you. I think My Fitness Pal might do something like that.

  11. Natalie says

    Tried this!! Amazing, but I added a lot of salt, because the rice made it bland. Also I made the fish and veggies at the same time in 2 different pans because the fish got really cold. Loved it!

  12. Ann Marie says

    Hi. I made this tonight, but with chicken breasts, pounded, instead of fish. I can’t wait to try it with fish, but I didn’t have any on hand. Great dish, will def make again.


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