How to Make Mimi's Cafe Fish Tacos

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Mimi's Cafe Fish Tacos

This one-of-a-kind Mimi's Cafe fish taco recipe, which previously appeared on the lunch menu, features a tart Tomatillo Sauce and zesty Honey Lime Cream. Much like traditional French bistros, Mimi’s Café offers classic French cuisine. While cooks may not think of tacos as French cuisine, these tacos may well be at home in a bistro. Preparing this recipe can bring a bit of Parisian dining to a weeknight meal.

The origins of Mimi’s Café sound like they could be the beginning of a romance film. During the final days of World War II, a French girl captivated the attention of a young American airman. He returned home soon thereafter, but always remembered the girl he met during his days in Paris at the close of the war. In this case, the young girl was Mimi; the American airman, Arthur J. Simms. Mr. Simms returned to the United States and resumed his life post-WWII. Years later, he opened a restaurant in Anaheim, California. Inspired by his memories of the friendly atmosphere of the French bistros he frequented - and of Mimi - he named his restaurant, Mimi’s Café.[1] It was the first café in what would become a successful restaurant chain.

Start to finish: 50 minutes (Active time: 50 minutes)

Serves: 8

Mimiscafe.jpgFlickr: gadgetdude
Offered by Mimi’s Café
Customer service phone 866-616-MIMI (6464)
Served as Main dish
Main ingredients Tilapia, tortillas, tomatillo sauce
Cooking method Grill
Similar to Red Lobster Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Author Julie Clark

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Mimi’s Café Fish Tacos Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 tilapia fillets, halved lengthwise
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun Spice
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 16 ounces Tomatillo Sauce (see recipe below)
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 ounces Honey Lime Cream (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 2 avocados, sliced

Mimi’s Café Fish Tacos Tomatillo Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pound tomatillos, husked
  • 1 white onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 large Jalapeno Chili
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mimi’s Café Fish Tacos Honey Lime Cream Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Recipe adapted from recipe originally published by Mimi’s Café[2]

Mimi’s Café Fish Tacos Recipe

Before you begin preparing the fish, make both the Tomatillo Sauce and the Honey Lime Cream.

Mimi’s Café Fish Tacos Tomatillo Sauce Recipe

  1. Place tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeno chili and chicken stock in a pot. Bring it to a simmer.
  2. Allow ingredients to cook until they are soft.
  3. Place softened mixture in a food processor or blender, add cilantro and salt. Puree.
  4. Keep warm until ready to use.

Mimi’s Café Fish Tacos Honey Lime Cream Recipe

  1. Combine sour cream, honey, lime juice, salt and black pepper in a bowl.
  2. Mix with a wire whisk.
  1. Preheat the grill or light the grill and wait until it is hot. Brush the grill with olive oil so the fish will not stick.[3]
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun spice onto each piece of tilapia.
  3. Place the tilapia and red onions on the grill.
  4. Cook the tilapia for 2-3 minutes on each side so it cooks through.[4]
  5. Cook onions until they have lightly browned.
  6. Place corn tortillas onto the grill and cook until soft.
  7. To assemble tacos, place the tilapia pieces on the center of the tortillas, top with red onions, tomatillo sauce, and shredded cabbage.
  8. Drizzle honey lime cream onto the cabbage. Garnish tacos with diced tomatoes, green onions, and feta.
  9. Slice each avocado into 16 slices.
  10. Place 2 slices atop each taco and serve.[5]

How to Husk Tomatillos

In this video, the Frugal Chef demonstrates how to husk tomatillos as she makes salsa verde. Use this technique to husk tomatillos for the Tomatillo Sauce for Mimi’s Café Fish Tacos.


  • Tomatillos are a fruit belonging to the nightshade family, and are related to peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. Also known as “Mexican green tomatoes” tomatillos are about the size of cherry tomatoes and are grown inside a papery husk, much like a Cape Gooseberry. The flavor of tomatillos is tart, with a hint of lemon, apple and herbs.[6] They are often used in salsa verde.
  • If you are unable to find tomatillos in your local supermarket, there are a few options for substitutions. Green tomatoes can be substituted for tomatillos. They have a similar color and texture when cooked. Green bell peppers are another alternative. While milder in flavor, adding a bit of sugar and lemon or lime juice can help to better mimic tomatillos.[7] Use any, or a combination, of these choices to make the sauce for your fish tacos.
  • To add a slightly different flavor, garnish your fish tacos with lime wedges and cilantro.[5] Or top them with pico de gallo and coleslaw before serving.[4]

Also See: How to Make Red Lobster Lobster Crusted Tilapia, How to Make Red Lobster Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, How to Make Red Lobster Rock Island Tilapia, How to Make Texas Roadhouse Fried Catfish, How to Make Red Lobster Shrimp Salsa


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