This is my favorite fish tacos recipe, with seasoned pan seared white fish, crunchy ribbons of slaw, avocado and creamy homemade fish taco sauce. Huge on flavor and easy to make!
Easy to Make Fish Tacos
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 (though you can use any fish) 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 to make fish tacos, shall we?
Fish Tacos Ingredients
The full ingredient list with measurements is listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- FOR THE CRUNCHY CABBAGE SLAW
- Red Cabbage
- Green Cabbage
- Roasted Jalapeno - see my post for how to roast peppers
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Champagne Vinegar - or use your favorite white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- FOR THE FISH TACO SAUCE
- Mexican Crema - or use Sour Cream
- Lime Juice
- Hot Sauce - Use your favorite, or use sriracha
- Garlic Powder or Fresh Garlic
- Kosher 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
- Olive Oil
- Flour Tortillas - you can use corn tortillas
- Extras for Topping. Sliced roasted jalapeno peppers or chiles toreados, fresh squeezed lime, your favorite hot sauce
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.
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.
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 high heat and add the fish. Cook gently for 5 minutes, turning the fish every minute, until it is cooked through. Remove from heat.
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, maybe a lime wedge or two on the side.
Toss in some diced red onion if you'd like. Don't forget the hot 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!
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.
Grilled Fish Tacos
You can also prepare the fish on the grill for that extra grill flavor. I love it when chefs grill the fish on the beach until golden brown and served it right up on warmed tortillas with the cream sauce and lots of fixing.
Air Fryer Fish Tacos
Bust out your air fryer and make fish tacos any night of the week. To air fry, simply preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F. Place your strips of fish into the lightly oiled basket and air fry them for 4-5 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
Then, serve the up!
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!
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Fish Tacos Recipe
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
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!
NOTE: This recipe was updated on 1/28/22 to include new information and video. It was originally published on 3/24/21.