Fish Tacos

Deliciously seasoned, tender and flaky fish pieces layered over warm corn tortillas paired with a rich and creamy fish taco sauce. Add all of your favorite toppings and it's a flavorful and impressive recipe!

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Deliciously seasoned, tender, flaky fish pieces layered over warm corn tortillas paired with a rich, creamy fish taco sauce. Add some of your favorite toppings, and it’s a flavorful and impressive recipe fit for any occasion!

Make sure that you make your own Fish Taco Sauce for this recipe! Or learn how to make an Amazing Mojitos-With Honey to pair with your tacos!

Fish tacos on cutting board

Fish Tacos

As the weather starts to warm up, it is time to start thinking about those summer recipes that will be the staple pieces and your summer parties.

Nothing quite says summer like Fish Tacos. The freshness of the fish paired with the crunch from the cabbage and the brightness of the avocados make for the perfect summer dish no matter what the occasion.

Fish Tacos are also one of those handy dishes where you can prepare almost every component before your guests arrive. Then when it’s time to serve, you only have a few steps left and can focus on the fun of the party rather than the mess of the kitchen.

Fish Tacos ingredients

Fish Tacos Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Cod or mahi mahi fillets, or whatever your favorite white fish is

• Lime juice

• Salt & pepper

• Garlic powder

• Paprika

• Vegetable oil


• Fish Taco Sauce


• Shredded cabbage

• Monterey Jack cheese

• Tomato

• Avocado

• Salsa

• Green onions

Fish Tacos with toppings

How To Make Fish Tacos

• Rub the fish fillets with the lime juice and season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika

• Lightly oil a frying pan and set it over medium heat

• Prepare your fish taco sauce

• Cook your fish on the pan until it easily flakes with a fork

• Heat up your corn tortillas in a skillet until warm

• Divide your cooked fish evenly between the tortillas, and then top with the sauce

• Add in extra toppings like your cabbage, cheese, tomato, avocado, salsa, and green onions, and then serve

fish tacos lined up

What Toppings Pair Best With Fish Tacos?

Tacos are just as much about their toppings as they are about the fish or meat that you use as their base. The toppings of a taco should work to complement the fish or your other protein choice and enhance its flavor.

There are, of course, a few staples that almost every taco needs, including a slightly spicy salsa and some form of crunchy vegetable. Beyond these basics, it really is up to you which toppings you add to your taco and which ones you leave out.

All of the toppings listed in this recipe pair well with fish, and each contributes to the overall taste experience. However, this does not mean you have to use them all or that you cannot experiment with different toppings.

Why not try using different cheeses and seeing how these pair with the fish and the other toppings you have added. You can also experiment with different salsas to vary up the spiciness of the tacos.

Shredded cabbage can be swapped for shredded lettuce or any other crunchy greens that you happen to have in the kitchen. The green onions can also be swapped out for chopped sweet onions or pickled onions for a slightly tangy twist to your tacos.

Remember, recipes are meant to be adapted, so have some fun and really make this Fish Taco recipe your own.

Fish Tacos lined up on cutting board

What Is The Best Way To Serve Fish Tacos?

Presentation is important when preparing food for others. Serve up food that looks like it has been thrown on a plate with little care, and your guests will assume you put the same level of effort into the actual cooking. However, spend a few extra minutes to serve your tacos in a presentable way, and your guests will know that they are in for a tasty treat.

The way that you serve your Fish Tacos will depend on the event. Planning a garden party or an event where guests will likely be standing, talking, and focusing more on being social than actually eating, then it is best to serve your tacos ready to eat.

You can lay your tacos out carefully on a large plate as part of a buffet table. This way, guests are free to grab tacos as they wish. Alternatively, you can place a few tacos on each plate when serving guests directly. Decorate the tacos with a few cilantro sprigs and a wedge of lime.

When making tacos for a sit-down meal, where the focus is much more on the food, it can be fun to serve all of the different taco components separately in the middle of the table. This way, your guests get to build their own tacos. Not only does this make for a fun dining experience, but it also allows your guests to pick and choose the toppings that they wish to add.

Looking for more delicious Fish & Seafood recipes? Try these out:

Seafood Chowder

Salmon Loaf

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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Deliciously seasoned, tender and flaky fish pieces layered over warm corn tortillas paired with a rich and creamy fish taco sauce. Add all of your favorite toppings and it's a flavorful and impressive recipe!

Fish Tacos

Deliciously seasoned, tender and flaky fish pieces layered over warm corn tortillas paired with a rich and creamy fish taco sauce. Add all of your favorite toppings and it’s a flavorful and impressive recipe!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 pounds cod or mahi mahi fillets or your favourite whitefish
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil



  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 avocado – peeled pitted, and sliced
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 2 green onions chopped


  • Rub tilapia fillets with 2 tablespoons lime juice and season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Preheat frying pan for medium heat and lightly oil the pan.
  • Prepare fish taco sauce according to the recipe instructions.
  • Cook tilapia on preheated pan until fish is easily flaked with a fork, about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Heat up each corn tortilla in a skillet over medium-low heat until warm, about 1 minute. Take your cooked fish and divide it evenly over the corn tortillas and serve with a tablespoon of the cilantro-lime sauce. Top it off with your favorites of cabbage, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, avocado, salsa, and green onions.

Recipe Notes

Add a bit more of the listed seasonings to spice it up and make it to your liking!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 765kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 61g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 157mg, Sodium: 1901mg, Potassium: 1410mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1001IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 392mg, Iron: 4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Gloria Christensen says

    How do you make your fish taco sauce?

    • Ernestine Dole says

      I am looking for the taco fish sauce also. Where can I find it?

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