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24 March 2021

This is a fish taco recipe to die for, with flavorful pan seared white fish, crunchy ribbons of slaw, avocado and creamy homemade fish taco sauce. Huge on flavor and easy to make!

Who’s in the mood for Fish Tacos? I know I am. I’m always up for delicious fish tacos, so light and delicious, perfect for all sorts of wonderful toppings.

Fish tacos are perfect for the spicy food lover, as we can use whatever seasonings we prefer and serve them up with our favorite spicy toppings. And hot sauce! What’s a fish taco without a few dashes of hot sauce?

There are many fish taco recipes out there, but this particular version is my very favorite. It’s made with red snapper that is lightly seasoned with garlic, onion, sweet paprika and white pepper with just a touch of sea salt. It is pan seared to keep it nice and delicate.

I serve mine over warmed flour tortillas, as flour tortillas hold them better than corn tortillas, though I do love them with corn tortillas as well. They are topped with a crunchy slaw made with lots of shredded cabbage, roasted jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice with a touch of honey for sweetness.

I also serve them with fresh sliced avocado and a few dollops of my homemade fish taco sauce recipe, which is super creamy and very easy to make with mayo, crema, lime juice and hot sauce with seasonings.

They are seriously huge on flavor and done very quickly. Cooking the fish is quick and easy and you can have these on the table in about 15 minutes – 20 minutes if you’re a slow cook like I am.

I hope you enjoy them.

Let’s talk about how we make my favorite fish tacos, shall we?

Fish Tacos ready to serve

The Best Fish Tacos Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUNCH CABBAGE SLAW
  • Red Cabbage
  • Green Cabbage
  • Roasted Jalapeno – see my post for how to roast peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Juice
  • Champagne Vinegar – or use your favorite white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • FOR THE FISH TACO SAUCE
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mexican Crema – or use Sour Cream
  • Lime Juice
  • Hot Sauce – Use your favorite, or use sriracha
  • Garlic Powder or Fresh Garlic
  • Salt
  • FOR THE FISH TACOS
  • Red Snapper – or use your favorite white fish
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • White Pepper –  or use black pepper as a substitute
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Flour Tortillas – you can use corn tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Extras for Topping. Sliced roasted jalapeno peppers or chiles toreados, fresh squeezed lime, your favorite hot sauce

3 Fish Tacos on a serving platter with slaw

How to Make Fish Tacos – the Recipe Method

MAKE THE FISH TACO SLAW

Toss together the shredded red cabbage, shredded green cabbage, roasted jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, honey and salt in a large bowl. Make sure everything is evenly coated. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Crunchy slaw for topping fish tacos

MAKE THE FISH TACO SAUCE

Whisk together the mayo, crema, lime juice, hot sauce, garlic and salt in a medium bowl. Refrigerate the cream sauce until ready to use. This is a huge flavor builder. So good.

Fish Taco Sauce in a bowl with a spoon

MAKE THE FISH TACOS

Season the Fish. Remove the skin from the fish and slice the fish into strips. Mix together the seasonings in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the sliced fish.

Cook the Fish. Heat the oil in a pan to medium heat and add the fish. Cook gently for 5 minutes, turning the fish every minute, until it is cooked through. Remove from heat.

Cooking the fish in a pan to make fish tacos

Assemble the Tacos and Serve. Serve the pieces of fish onto warmed tortillas, then top with sliced avocado, crunchy cabbage slaw and dollops of creamy fish taco sauce. Don’t forget the hot sauce!

3 Fish tacos with crunchy slaw, avocado and creamy fish taco sauce

Boom! Done! Your delectable fish tacos are recipe to serve! Don’t they look amazing? So easy to make and always satisfying. I’m not kidding when I say this is the best fish tacos recipe around. Perfect every time.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Best Fish for Fish Tacos. This works with any white fish. Some of my very favorites are red snapper, halibut, grouper and monkfish. I also enjoy swordfish, mullet, mahi mahi, wahoo, cod. Tilapia is a good inexpensive alternative. So many to choose from!
  • The Seasonings. You can use your favorite seasonings for this recipe. I like to keep it simple in order to highlight the flavor of the delicate whitefish. It’s perfectly fine with chili powder, salt and pepper. I love my mix of garlic, onion, paprika, white pepper, which is more subtle than black pepper, and a bit of salt. 
  • On the Grill. You can also prepare the fish on the grill for that extra grill flavor. I love it when chefs grilled the fish on the beach until golden brown and served it right up on warmed tortillas with the cream sauce and lots of fixing. So good!

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my fish tacos recipe. So good! Let me know if you make it and what fish you’ve chosen. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Fish Tacos with lots of toppings

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Grab yourself a fish taco!

Mike grabbing a fish taco from the serving platter

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Fish Tacos Recipe

This is a fish tacos recipe to die for, with flavorful pan seared white fish, crunchy ribbons of slaw, avocado and creamy homemade fish taco sauce. Huge on flavor and easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish, fish tacos, spicy
Servings: 6 tacos
Calories: 385kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE SLAW

  • 1/4 small head red cabbage shredded
  • 1/4 head small green cabbage shredded
  • 1 roasted jalapeno peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice from 1 large lime
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar use white vinegar as a substitute
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Sea salt to taste

FOR THE FISH TACO SAUCE

  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup Mexican crema or use sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice about ½ a small lime
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce sriracha is great here
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1-2 fresh cloves minced
  • Pinch of salt

FOR THE FISH TACOS

  • 1-1/4 pounds red snapper sub in your favorite white fish
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 flour tortillas warmed
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • EXTRA TOPPINGS: Sliced roasted jalapeno peppers or chiles toreados fresh squeezed lime, your favorite hot sauce

Instructions

MAKE THE SLAW

  • Toss together the shredded red cabbage, shredded green cabbage, roasted jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, honey and salt in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

MAKE THE FISH TACO SAUCE

  • Whisk together the mayo, crema, lime juice, hot sauce, garlic and salt in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

MAKE THE FISH TACOS

  • Remove the skin from the fish and slice the fish into strips. Mix together the seasonings in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the sliced fish.
  • Heat the oil in a pan to medium heat and add the fish. Cook gently for 5 minutes, turning the fish every minute, until it is cooked through. Remove from heat.
  • Serve the pieces of fish onto warmed tortillas, then top with sliced avocado, crunchy cabbage slaw and dollops of creamy fish taco sauce. Don't forget the hot sauce!

Notes

Store any extra fish tacos sauce in the fridge in a sealed container. Will last several weeks.
This works with any white fish. Some of my very favorites are red snapper, halibut, grouper and monkfish. 

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 878IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg
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