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‘Top Chef’ Judge Gail Simmons’ Fish Taco Recipe: Perfect For 4th Of July

Thu, July 3, 2014 1:54pm EDT by HL Intern 1 Comment
Gail Simmons Favorite Recipes
Courtesy of Estancia

The ‘Top Chef’ judge is on top of the world with a new baby girl and a booming career. Get her famous Fish Tacos recipe below, perfect for the holiday weekend, and read EXCLUSIVE insight on how she manages to keep herself looking her best while juggling a career and a family!

Gail Simmons, 38, has paired up with Estancia Wines to share some of her original recipes along with great wine pairings for summer! Plus, Gail is providing advice on how to live a healthy and fulfilling life — regardless of what you like to eat or drink! It seems like Gail understands that sometimes the best way to enjoy a great meal is by being in the best state of mind — relaxed and at ease. Get her summer recipe below!

Gail Simmons’ Favorite Recipes — Tips From The Expert Chef

The new mom and Top Chef judge has a lot on her plate — and we aren’t just talking about her yummy Fish Tacos! Gail’s new partnership with Estancia Wines just adds to the expertise of her knowledge in the culinary field. Also known for being the Special Project Director for Food & Wine magazine, we couldn’t think of a more suitable person to share their favorite summer recipe!

Health & Happiness — How Gail Simmons Manages Both

“It’s always difficult to balance time for exercise, family and healthy eating on the go, so I plan ways to incorporate them all together — I try to make time for outdoor fun with loved ones at least once a week: a hike, a family baseball game or even a walk in the park after dinner. Then we reward ourselves with a healthy treat upon completion.”

“My favorite way to unwind at the end of a busy day is to prepare dinner for my husband and me. I love to turn on music in my kitchen, pour myself a glass of Estancia wine and get cooking. I find the ritual totally relaxing, a great way to think through the day’s challenges, channel creative energy and calm outside tensions.”

“I like to prepare easy dishes, like fresh tacos, so my guests can join in on the fun and creativity of cooking. I lay out an abundant display of toppings allowing guests to assemble their own. Because they’re so simple to prepare, it leaves me more time to enjoy with friends!”

Dinner parties don’t have to be stressful!

“Don’t stress! When entertaining casually I focus on making one spectacular starter or main course and serving it alongside easy staples, like olives, pistachios, salumi and cheese, with a delicious Estancia wine, of course.”

We love her positive outlook on staying healthy and still being able to enjoy life! We can definitely see where her beauty radiates from — she seems to love living a balanced lifestyle between great food and a great, relaxing time with her friends and her family!

Her Fish Tacos Recipe — How To

Grilled-Fish Tacos with Mango-Cucumber-Mint Salsa

Paired with Estancia Monterey County Chardonnay

Serves 4

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 limes, 1 zested and juiced, 1 quartered lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 pound skinless halibut, sea bass or striped bass fillets
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint
  • 1 medium Serrano chili, seeded and diced
  • Salt
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 radishes, halved if large, thinly sliced

“Preheat grill to medium-high heat. In a medium dish, combine oil, zest and juice from 1 lime, cilantro and half of the shallot. Add fish; turn to coat. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir together remaining shallot, mango, cucumber, mint, half of the chili and generous pinch salt; stir to combine.

Remove fish from marinade. Grill flesh-side down, 4 minutes, then turn and cook until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer fish to a plate; let rest 5 minutes, then flake with fork.

Grill tortillas 10 to 15 seconds per side; remove from grill. Divide fish among tortillas; top with salsa, avocado and radishes. Garnish with cilantro and remaining chili, if desired. Serve with lime wedges.”

It sounds so delicious! Will you be trying out Gail’s recipe, Hollywoodlifers? Let us know!

— Michelle Rodriguez

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