Volcano Fish Taco Recipe by Maui Chef CJ for a Tropical Cinco de Mayo

Volcano Fish Taco Recipe by Maui Chef CJ for a Tropical Cinco de Mayo

Maui Fish Tacos with House Made Tropical Salsa from Chef CJTo get ready for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Maui we’ve cooked up a few recipes for you to use at home or in a vacation rental! Make up a batch of my Volcano Spice mix for Volcanic Fish Tacos accompanied by my Tropical Salsa recipe and serve with Mango Margaritas. Don’t feel like cooking? Then head into CJ’s to pick up a Chefs To Go meal or dine in for Volcano Fish Tacos. What would a Cinco de Mayo celebration be without a good Margarita? Worry not! There won’t be a revolution at your party when you use the Mango Margarita recipe included below to serve with these tasty fish tacos.

Just pick up an order of our Chefs To Go Fish Tacos and we’ll provide everything you need to prepare the tacos at home. All you’ll need to do is heat up a frying pan, bread the fish in the provided spice mix and lightly fry the fish. What could be more fun than enjoying fresh fish tacos you made in your vacation rental as the sun slips down after an exciting day vacationing on Maui! We make it easy by including everything you need, from the Volcanic spice rub mixture to the fish and Chefs To Go Maui Tacos DSC05261taco shells. Along with a generous portion of sour cream we include a couple varieties of our housemade salsa when you order in the restaurant or Chefs To Go to make at home or in the vacation rental.

If you can’t be here with us on Maui for Cinco de Mayo or you want to relive your Maui vacation memories, you can prepare my Volcano Spice Fish Tacos after returning home by using the salsa recipe provided below along with the volcanic spice rub recipe for the fish. Don’t forget to add a toast to the celebration by making a batch of the Mango Rita Recipes ahead of time! Share your pics on our Pinterest page or Facebook page, too!

Maui Chef CJ’s Cinco de Mayo Recipes

CJ’S Volcanic Spice Mix

by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen, CJ’s Deli & Diner
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  • Preparation of Volcano Fish Tacos Recipe from Maui.1 lbs All Purpose Flour
  • 4 oz Onion Powder
  • 4 oz Garlic Powder
  • 2 oz White Pepper
  • 4 oz Paprika
  • 2 oz Chili Powder
  • 1 oz Oregano
  • 1 oz Fennel Seeds
  • 1 oz Cayenne Pepper


  1. Mix and stir all ingredients
  2. Blend in spice blender or coffee grinder until loose
  3. Coat the fish in the mixture
  4. In cast iron skillet cook until lightly browned

I use this recipe for our Famous Fish Tacos in addition to most of our Seafood / Fish preparations at our catering events on Maui. This is a simple and easy way to spice up your BBQ. Give your dishes that Hawaiian-Tropical Feel-Touch. Keep in dry place for up to 3 months!

CJ’s Tropical Salsa Recipe

  • 1 Medium Size Onion
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • ½ Cup Diced Pineapple
  • ½ Cup Diced Papaya
  • ½ Cup Diced Mango
  • 1 Each Seed Free Diced Cucumber
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
  • 3 Chopped Small Red Chili or 2 oz Chili Sambal
  • 2 oz Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • Chefs To Go Fish Tacos include everything you need for preparation in your Maui vacation rental.2 oz Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Cup Sweet Chili Sauce

To Taste: Salt / Pepper


  1. Dice all fruits and vegetables into small cubes.
  2. Place in mixing bowl.
  3. Softly mix in oil, vinegar, chili, and seasoning.
  4. Season with Salt and Pepper and add the chopped Cilantro.
  5. Best used after marinating for at least 4 hours.(Serves 15)
This is a simple and easy way to spice up your BBQ time to give dishes a Hawaiian-Tropical taste. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. I use this recipe for our famous fish tacos we serve at CJ’s Deli & Diner in Kaanapali and for many of our seafood and fish preparations at our catering events. Don’t forget to make the cocktails using the Mango Margarita Recipe (after the image)!Maui fish tacos volcanic

Mango Rita Recipe (on the rocks)

This Mango Margarita recipe is served on the rocks, my favorite way. If preferred we season the rim of our glasses with Li-Hing Moi, a favorite Hawaiian Sour Plum seasoning for a salty spicy contrast.


  • 4 oz Tequila (Blanco)
  • 3 oz lime juice
  • 5 oz mango juice
  • 1 oz Orange liqueur (Grand Manier, Cointreau or Triple Sec)
  • 2 lime Wedges
  • 2 tablespoon Li-Hing Moi seasoning on a small plate


  1. Add the 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake for 10-15 seconds until mixture is chilled
  3. Run the fresh Lime wedge on the rim of a glass
  4. Press the glass onto plate with Li-Hing Moi seasoning. Coat the rim well
  5. Fill the glass ¾ with ice then pour the margarita over the ice in the glassMaui Chef Christian Jorgensen Volcanic Tacos with Chicken from CJs in Kaanapali.
In addition to picking up a couple orders of our Chef’s to Go Volcanic Maui Tacos and preparing the recipe yourself, another alternative is to use our full service catering for events on Maui. We’ll setup active chef stations preparing Steak Fajitas and Fish Tacos. Guests attending your event or wedding reception will be treated to personally prepared steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian dishes with plenty of opportunity to interact with the chefs. Maybe lessons to prepare hand crafted margaritas for a bachelor or bachelorete party before the Maui wedding?


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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit