Foodie Tuesdays: Parrotfish Fajitas

Before you can begin to cook these deliciously fishy fajitas, you must obtain a fish. You could buy one at the grocery store, or you could catch one with your own rod and reel.

We spent today adventuring around our island home: first to the French side for fishing and snorkeling, and then to the Dutch side to see Fort Amsterdam. My parents gave me a waterproof phone case for Christmas, so while Ben caught fish for dinner, I caught fish on camera.








Ben caught a parrotfish, two glasseye snappers, and two doctor fish. Since ciguatera toxin is prevalent in our area, we checked online to make sure the fish are safe to eat. We threw out the snappers because they are high-risk ciguatera carriers. The doctor fish were tiny and rarely carry the toxin anyway, so we kept them. We were a little concerned about the parrotfish since it was over six inches, but it’s low-risk so we decided to try it. I guess we’ll find out in the morning if we’re OK; Ciguatera poisoning hits within twelve hours.

I think we’ll be alright.


Once the fish were home and cleaned, it was time to start cooking.

To make the fajitas, gather your ingredients:

  • four
  • water
  • salt
  • oil
  • fish
  • bell peppers
  • onions
  • shallots
  • lemon
  • Spices: salt, pepper, cumin, garlic salt

My favorite tortilla recipe is from Taste of Home. I never buy tortillas from the store anymore! Mix 2 cups of flour, a little salt, 3/4 cups of water and 3 Tablespoons of oil. Let rest, roll out, and fry.


Season fish with salt, pepper, and lemon.


Slice onions, bell peppers, and shallots into thin slices.


Put a quarter cup of oil in a flying pan and heat it to medium heat. Mix in seasonings to your preference. Fry veggies for a few minutes and then add whole fish.


Yum, yum! Smelling good, now. Make some rice while you cook the fish and veggies. The onions should be caramelized.

Remove from heat and allow to cool. Break out the salsa.


Remove the skin from the fish, flake off the meat, and pile it all on the tortillas.

Enjoy your fajitas!






3 thoughts on “Foodie Tuesdays: Parrotfish Fajitas

  1. Looks delicious!
    We all went out to Jakobsen’s today and got sunburned even though we were all back home by 3:30! Annette, Jesse and Luke motored out in the Askeladden with Zach and Micah and Esther and Emily. Danny took the little yellow boat out in his pickup they all left by 7:30 so they could fish. Jacob drove Linden and Carl and Elliot out at 9 and took a hike with them out there. Dad and I picked up Joy, Annie, Ruthie, Lydia and Elijah sometime after 11. And Gina, Aaron and Michael drove down to the beach parking lot just as we were getting out of the car. We had sandwiches, popcorn, boiled eggs, cookies and pineapple to share around. The water was calm the whole time and the fishermen came and spent some time with us at lunch and then hitched the two boats together and took two very full boats out to “Adventure Island “. Where they all had a half hour of great fun. The weather was perfect! Wish you were here! We love and miss you and keep mentioning how neat it was when you two got engaged out at Jakobsen’s.


  2. I used the tortilla recipe to make tacos…you have inspired me to make my own instead of buying them. They were almost as delicious as the tortillas you made for us while visiting you on your island 🙂 Thank you for this recipe!!
    Love you,


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