Quick Cajun Fish Tacos

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Recipe: #35564

August 30, 2020

"From our Sunday newspaper The Sunday Times."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (448.4 g)
  • Calories 531.7
  • Total Fat - 16.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 98.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1295 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 61.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.8 g
  • Sugars - 9.6 g
  • Protein - 40.9 g
  • Calcium - 197.5 mg
  • Iron - 4.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 117.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat a large deep frying pan over medium-high heat.

Step 2

While the pan heats up, remove the skin from the fish and cut the flesh into 2-3cm pieces and transfer to a bowl and add the Cajun seasoning and oil and toss until well combined.

Step 3

Add half the fish to the pan and cook, turning gently, for 2-3 minutes or until just cooked through and then transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining fish.

Step 4

Meanwhile, make the kale slaw in a large bowl following packet directions and set aside.

Step 5

Slice the jalapeño and transfer to a small bowl with the pineapple and then cut limes in half and squeeze 1 half over the pineapple mixture and toss to combine.

Step 6

Warm the flour tortillas in the microwave.

Step 7

Divide the slaw among the tortillas and top with the fish and pineapple salsa and sprinkle with coriander and serve with the remaining lime halves.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the fish, look for barramundi fillets that are firm and have a bright, even color.
  • When buying the pineapple for the salsa, select a ripe pineapple that smells sweet and has a golden-yellow color.

  • Substitute the barramundi with salmon. Benefit: Salmon is a healthier option with more omega-3 fatty acids. It also has a milder flavor, which may be preferred by some people.
  • Substitute the Cajun seasoning with paprika. Benefit: Paprika is a milder spice, which will bring out the flavor of the fish without overpowering the dish. It is also a good source of antioxidants.

Vegetarian Version Replace the barramundi fish fillets with 600 grams of firm tofu, cut into cubes. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat and add the tofu. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes until golden and crisp. Follow the remaining steps as indicated in the original recipe.

Coconut Rice - A perfect side to the spicy Cajun Fish Tacos, Coconut Rice provides a delicious contrast to the flavors and adds a creamy sweetness to the meal. The nutty, fragrant flavor of the rice complements the tacos perfectly and helps to balance out the spiciness.

Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad: Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad is a great accompaniment to the Cajun Fish Tacos. The sweetness of the corn and the creaminess of the avocado provide a delicious contrast to the spicy tacos, while the crunchy lettuce and tomatoes add texture. The fresh flavors of the salad also help to balance out the flavors of the tacos.


Q: How long should I cook the fish for?

A: Cook the fish for 2-3 minutes, or until just cooked through. Make sure to turn the fish gently while cooking.

Q: What type of fish should I use?

A: Any type of firm, white-fleshed fish such as cod, haddock, halibut, or tilapia will work best for this recipe. Avoid using oily fish such as salmon or tuna.

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Fun facts:

The Cajun seasoning used in this recipe is a combination of spices originating in Louisiana, USA. It was created by the French-speaking Acadian people who were exiled from Canada in the 18th century and is now a popular ingredient in many dishes around the world.

The pineapple used in this recipe is a symbol of hospitality, with the first pineapple being served to Christopher Columbus and his crew when they arrived in the Caribbean in 1493. Since then, pineapple has been used as a symbol of hospitality and welcome in many cultures.