Fish Tacos


Close up of Fish Tacos on a plate, ready to be eaten

You dont need to deep fry to make terrific Fish Tacos. You just need a really great marinade! A seriously delicious way to serve up white fish fillets, this recipe can be cooked on the BBQ or stove.Either way, theyre healthy, fresh and bursting with serious taco goodness!

Bonus: they happen to be HEALTHY

Close up of Fish Tacos on a plate, ready to be eaten

Fish Tacos

A bad fish taco is worse than a bad chicken taco.

And while most people would be turned off after multiple dismal experiences, Ipersevered, believing there to be better.

I mean, tacos. They have always been one of my favourite foods, ever since the first time I tried them.

And Im thankful I didnt give up. Because it just got better and better. Went to Mexico, tasted the real deal, then used that as my benchmark to make my own.

And now Ive gotThe Fish Tacorecipe. Well, at least, what I think is the BESTFish Taco recipe.

What I like to do is load the fish with flavour with a chipotle lime marinade. You justknow by looking at it that its gonna be good, right??!

Cooking marinated fish for Fish Tacos

Will you LOOK AT THAT!!! Tender and juicy on the inside, deep golden brown on the outside, flavoured all the way through with just a quick 20 minute marinade!!

Close up of two forks flaking fish for tacos

What to serve with Fish Tacos

Heres what I serve with Fish Tacos:

  • The chipotle marinated fish;
  • Pink Taco Sauce 2 ingredient, mildly spicy sour cream or yogurt sauce, goes very well with the fish;
  • Quick pickled cabbage; and
  • lime wedges and coriander/cilantro leaves.

Fish Tacos with sides and toppings - pickled cabbage and fish taco sauce

What you need for Fish Tacos

Heres what you need to make fish tacos.

What goes in Fish Tacos

Any firm white fish fillets will work fine here, especially if they are fleshy.

My favourites are snapper and barramundi. They have meaty flesh which I particularly enjoy in tacos.

Other common fish that are ideal include: tilapia, basa, cod, John Dory and Silver Dory, ling, bream, haddock, pollack, monkfish.

I recommend avoiding:

  • really lean fish like swordfish, tuna and kingfish
  • very delicate fish like dover sole and flounder

Quick Pickled Cabbage for Tacos

I serve these tacos with a quick pickled cabbage. Pickling it makes the cabbage floppy so it kind of melds together better with the fish (raw cabbage would be too pokey and crunchy for tender fish), and the slight tang is a classic pairing with seafood.

Heres what you need for the pickled cabbage:

Pickled cabbage for fish tacos

Dont restrict yourself to using this pickled cabbage just for Fish Tacos! It will go with any type of tacos chicken, old school beef tacos, shredded beef, pork carnitas.

How to makeit

I think Ive pretty much talked through the making part, but heres a visual anyway!

  • 20 minute fish marinade no longer, because otherwise the lime juice in the marinade will cook the fish;
  • cook it, flake it;
  • quick taco sauce sour cream and sriracha. I call it my Pink Taco Sauce;
  • pickle the cabbage 20 minutes to become floppy (same as the fish marinating time, nice and convenient!);
  • stuff and devour.

How to make the BEST easy Fish Tacos

Close up of Fish Tacos, ready to be eaten

I typically cook Fish Tacos on the stove for midweek meals. But this isfantasticfood for a barbecue with friends! It cooks so quickly so it doesnt take you away from your guests and you can throw the tortillas onto the BBQ to warm up.

It also scales up easily, and you can lay everything out on the table and let everyone help themselves. Definitely my preferred method of entertaining!! Nagi x

Watch how to make it

Fish Tacos

Recipe video above. Fish marinated in classic Mexican fresh flavours, seared until golden, are perfect for tacos. The lightly pickled red cabbage is a perfect accompanied for the soft fish, a great texture contrast. A wonderful recipe for white fish fillets, you will NOT miss deep fried fish!

Fish Marinade

  • 1.2 lb / 600g firm white fish fillets ((Note 1))
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chipotle powder ((Note 2))
  • 1 tbsp canned jalapeno (, finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro / coriander (, finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (, minced)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Quick Pickled cabbage

  • 4 cups red cabbage (, finely shredded)
  • 3 green onion stems (, finely sliced on the diagonal)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar ((or white wine vinegar, cider vinegar))
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Pink Taco Sauce

  • 3/4 cup sour cream ((or yogurt))
  • 2 3 tbsp sriracha (, adjust to taste (Note 3))

To Cook & Serve

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 small tortillas ((corn or flour), warmed)
  • lime wedges
  • coriander/cilantro leaves
  1. Marinade fish: Combine Fish Marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag. Set aside for 20 minutes to marinate no longer than 1 hour.

  2. Pickled Cabbage: Place Pickled Cabbage ingredients in a bowl. Toss to combine and set aside for 30 minutes. Drain excess liquid, scrunch cabbage with your hands (to help soften). Set aside.

  3. Pink Sauce: Mix to combine.

  4. Cook fish: Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Cook fish for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked.

  5. Remove fish onto plate then flake into large pieces.

  6. To assemble tacos, top with cabbage then fish, a dollop of sour cream and a squeeze of lime juice. Fold tortilla over and enjoy!

1.Fish my favourites are snapper and barramundi. They have meaty flesh which I particularly enjoy in tacos.Other good fish include: tilapia, basa, cod, John Dory and Silver Dory, ling, bream, haddock, pollack, monkfish.

Recommend avoiding:

  • lean fish like swordfish, tuna, kingfish (unless you can get fatty kingfish)
  • very delicate fish like dover sole and flounder

2. Chipotle powder can still be irritatingly difficult to find in Australia! Not sold in all major supermarkets (yet) but you can find it in fruit & veg stores (eg Harris Farms), delis and gourmet/speciality stores (e.g. Thomas Dux). It does not cost much more than ordinary spices. It can be ordered online from Firework Foods (Aus only).

If you cant track it down, I think the best substitute is tbsp each SMOKED paprika, cumin and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper.

3. Sriracha Asian chilli sauce thats very common nowadays (sold alongside chilli sauces and in Asian section). Great cheat ingredient to quickly add flavour into things as its made with more than just chilli. To reduce spiciness of sauce, sub with some (or all) ketchup instead.

4. Nutrition for 3 tacos (tortilla + fish + pickled cabbage), assumes 2 of the 3 tbsp of oil in the marinade is discarded.

Originally published May 2016. Updated with new photos and video, and most importantly, new Life of Dozer section added!

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