Sophisticated Fish Tacos

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Recipe: #40192

February 20, 2023

"Mexican seasoning and white fish make for heavenly tacos."

Original is 3-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (358.8 g)
  • Calories 430.2
  • Total Fat - 18.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 422.4 mg
  • Sodium - 313.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 17.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 11.5 g
  • Protein - 49 g
  • Calcium - 102.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 17.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Season fish with salt and pepper, and place in a baking dish.

Step 2

Combine 1 Tbs oil, juice of ½ lime, garlic and chili seasoning mixture and pour over fish. Marinate in refrigerator at least 15 minutes, turning once. Don't marinate much longer than that.

Step 3

Combine juice of ½ lime with 1 tablespoon oil and toss with cabbage, onion and cilantro in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper.

Step 4

Warm a frying pan or omelet pan over medium heat and heat tortillas one at a time about 1 minute each, flipping each once.

Step 5

Grill fish on oil-brushed grill over medium heat about 3 minutes per side. Break up cooked fish into chunks.

Step 6

Construct tacos with tortillas, fill with fish topped by cabbage mixture and, if desired, by avocado, salsa and sour cream. Serve with lime slices


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 type of fish for the tacos, choose a flaky white fish like snapper, cod, tilapia, haddock, halibut, or mahi mahi.
  • For the chili seasoning mix, Teeny Tiny Spice Co.'s Oaxacan Adobo seasoning is recommended for the best flavor.

  • Substitute black beans for the fish for a vegetarian option. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a plant-based protein that is still full of flavor and texture. It also makes the tacos more accessible to those who don't eat seafood.
  • Substitute romaine lettuce for the cabbage for a crunchier texture. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a more crisp texture, which is often desired in tacos. It also adds a fresh, light flavor to the tacos.

Grilled Pineapple Fish Tacos Replace the chili seasoning mix with a combination of 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon chili powder. Grill 1/2 a pineapple, cut into wedges, alongside the fish on the oil-brushed grill. Add the grilled pineapple to the tacos with the fish and cabbage mixture, and top with a dollop of mango salsa.

Mexican Street Corn: This classic Mexican side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Sophisticated Fish Tacos. The sweet and creamy corn is coated in a mayonnaise and chili powder mixture and topped with cotija cheese and cilantro. It adds a delicious flavor and texture to the tacos and is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Tomatillo Guacamole: This flavorful guacamole is the perfect complement to the Sophisticated Fish Tacos. Made with tomatillos, jalapeno, onion, garlic, and cilantro, it has a bright and tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with the tacos. The creamy texture of the guacamole adds a delicious contrast to the crunchy tacos, making it the perfect side dish.


Q: How long should I marinate the fish?

A: You should marinate the fish for at least 15 minutes, but no more than 30 minutes.

Q: What type of fish is best for marinating?

A: Any type of fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, or mackerel, works best for marinating.

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The Aztecs were the first to create tacos, and they were made out of small fish. They would cook the fish and wrap it in a corn tortilla.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has a famous recipe for fish tacos that is inspired by the Mexican dish. He tops off his tacos with a mango salsa and cilantro.