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Fish Tacos

Olena Osipov
4.9 from 32 votes

THE BEST Fish Tacos with spicy crispy battered fish, diced avocado, crunchy slaw and the best crema sauce. I promise, this healthy fish taco recipe is better than any food truck!

Our other favorite and super popular tacos are shrimp tacos and ground turkey tacos.

fish tacos

Fish Taco Recipe

These are the best fish tacos! Yes, I’m that bold but just read reviews for yourself.

“I’ve been looking for a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious fish taco recipe forever and this one fits the bill. The whole family loves them.” – Laura

“Had these 2 days ago, kids are asking for them again!! Made with broccoli slaw!! So good!!” – Paulina

You know, I live on the West Coast?! On Vancouver island, to be exact. So you can imagine how many tacos I have tried.

I like my fish tacos crispy, battered and fried. Just like you get at any surf and turf joint. With white sauce and ton of fresh fixings. Fish has to be spicy and flavorful enough to help the plain veggies a bit. And of course, fish taco sauce fixes everything.

fish tacos with red cabbage, crema and lime in a blue bowl

Ingredients You Will Need

As always, my healthy fish taco recipe ingredients are super simple. And I even give you options for a flour to use.

  • Fish: Best fish for fish tacos is any firm white fish like wild cod, halibut, bass, haddock, rockfish, mahi mahi or snapper.
  • Flour: Flour that will work is almond flour or almond meal, regular white or whole wheat flour, spelt flour, gluten free flour or even breadcrumbs. Anything that will make fish crispy.
  • Simple spices: Taco seasoning and garlic powder.
  • Yogurt and mayo: I call my fish taco sauce healthy because I use 75% yogurt and 25% mayo unlike any restaurant’s 100% mayo white sauce.
  • Cabbage, tomato, avocado and lime are the fixings but you can use what you have.

fish, corn tortillas, lime, cheese, avocado, tomato, cabbage, yogurt, spices, mayo, cilantro

How to Make Fish Tacos

I doubled the recipe and healthy fish tacos were gone by the morning. So, if serving a crowd, definitely double the recipe. You will be glad you did.

  • Prep fish and its dredging: Cut fish into 1 inch cubes and in a medium bowl whisk flour, taco seasoning, garlic powder, cornstarch, salt and pepper. how to make fish tacos step by step
  • Make sauce by whisking yogurt, mayo, lime juice, taco seasoning, cayenne and black pepper in a medium bowl. I also like to transfer sauce to a drizzling bottle. healthy crema for fish tacos in a plastic bottle
  • Chop fixings: I like to place them in a large baking dish, cover with linen towel and set aside. how to make fish tacos step by step
  • To cook fish: Dip fish pieces into flour mixture and pan fry for 2 minutes per side in preheated large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. crispy fried fish on a blue plate for fish tacos
  • To assemble tacos: Warm tortillas in a cast iron skillet on high heat for 10 seconds per side and pressing on with spatula. Fill each tortilla with 3-4 pieces of fish, add toppings and drizzle with sauce.how to make fish tacos step by step

how to make fish tacos step by step

Tips for Best Fish Tacos

  • Other fish you can use: You can use salmon or trout if that’s what you have. It does not have to be white fish but rather fish that doesn’t flake easily and falls apart.
  • Skip non-fat yogurt: Do not use 0% yogurt for the crema because it will lack flavour.
  • Fish cooks fast: So don’t over cook it otherwise it will come out rubbery.
  • Do not overcrowd the skillet: Leaving room and air to flow between fish pieces helps to keep it crispy.
  • Double the recipe for 4+ people: I highly recommend to double the recipe. Single makes 9 tacos and I find we all want 3-4 tacos each. And nobody minds the leftovers.

Serving Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are a complete meal. So easy, just 25 minutes from fridge to table. I always double the recipe because we eat a lot.

Let’s go over a bazillion of toppings possibilities:

These fish tacos are so easy to make, perfect healthy weeknight dinner! Enjoy and please let me know in comments below how you like the recipe.

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fish tacos recipe served with crema, fixings and lime in a blue bowl

fish tacos recipe

Fish Tacos {Crispy & Healthy}

THE BEST Fish Tacos with crispy fish, veggies and the best crema with yogurt to keep calories in check. Spicy, creamy and better than any food truck.
4.94 from 32 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 tacos
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Fish Tacos:

  • 1 lb any firm white fish I used cod, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1/2 cup any flour I used almond flour
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp avocado or coconut oil for frying (or whatever you use)
  • 9 corn tortillas

Fish Taco Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt 2%+ fat
  • 1/4 cup mayo I use avocado oil
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Fish Taco Toppings:

  • Cabbage
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  • Dredging for fish: In a medium bowl, add flour, taco seasoning, garlic powder, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  • Fish taco sauce: In a small bowl, add yogurt, mayo, lime juice, taco seasoning, cayenne and black pepper. Stir and set aside.
  • Toppings: Chop and prepare the toppings.
  • To cook fish: Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and swirl 1 tbsp of oil. In batches, dredge pieces of fish in flour mixture and fry for 2-3 minutes per side or until crispy and brown. Fish cooks fast, so don't over cook. Do not overcrowd the skillet - helps to keep fish crispy. Remove onto a plate.
  • To assemble tacos: Warm tortillas in a cast iron skillet on high heat for 10 seconds per side and pressing on with spatula. Fill each tortilla with 3-4 pieces of fish, add toppings and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings (please see suggestions in notes).

Store: Refrigerate leftover cooked fish, sauce and toppings covered or in a container for up to 24 hours. Fish is most crispy right after cooking.

    Make Ahead: You can chop toppings and make sauce up to 2 days in advance. Refrigerate separately. You can also mix and store in a dry place flour with spices that you will use for dredging.

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      Notes

      • Fish: You can use any firm white fish like wild cod, halibut, bass, haddock, rockfish, mahi mahi or snapper. Even salmon.
      • Flour: Flour that will work is almond flour or almond meal, regular white or whole wheat flour, spelt flour, gluten free flour or even breadcrumbs. Anything that will make fish crispy.
      • Yogurt: Please do not use 0% yogurt because sauce will lack flavour.
      • Other fish you can use: You can use salmon or trout if that's what you have. It does not have to be white fish but rather fish that doesn't flake easily and falls apart.
      • Skip non-fat yogurt: Do not use 0% yogurt for the crema because it will lack flavour.
      • Fish cooks fast: So don't over cook it otherwise it will come out rubbery.
      • Do not overcrowd the skillet: Leaving room and air to flow between fish pieces helps to keep it crispy.
      • Double the recipe for 4+ people: I highly recommend to double the recipe. Single recipe makes 9 tacos and I find we all want 3-4 tacos each. And nobody minds the leftovers.
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      Nutrition

      Serving: 1taco | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 5 stars
        Theses are fantastic! Sooo delicious! Definitely making these many times more, even my 2 year old loved the fish! Thank you for sharing this recipe 😊

      2. 4 stars
        We enjoyed these. My slight variation I did was to double the lime juice and add cilantro to the sauce. So tasty. Thanks for the inspiration.

      3. 5 stars
        This is going to be a regular meal in our household. Finding something we all like is a miracle. I have never tasted fish that i like so much.

      4. 5 stars
        These were delish! I rarely, if ever, eat anything fried but couldn’t resist trying this instead of the standard grilled fish tacos. I used cod and a gluten free flour blend which worked fine. Instead of cubing the fish I just fried the entire fillet and then broke it apart after cooking. The ‘guilt free’ dressing was perfect. I did add a bit more taco seasoning as my husband likes things spicy. I will be making this again!

      5. 5 stars
        Delicious and easy! The sauce adds an amazing finishing touch, and Hubby says he would love to have it again… soon.

      6. 5 stars
        This is the first recipe that I tried from you. The fish tacos were superb! The sauce was unbelievable. I used almond flour and was quite impressed, although I don’t think my skillet was quite hot enough. Since stay at home order, it’s difficult to find good tortillas, but I highly recommend a good soft corn tortilla. This is now my go-to recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      7. 5 stars
        These were fantastic! I forgot to buy taco seasoning so subbed Old Bay instead and it was great. Otherwise I followed the recipe to a T. Super excited to try some of your other recipes.

      8. 5 stars
        Love this recipe! Simple and much healthier than deep-frying the fish. I now do my fish taco this way and use your taco seasoning. Yummy!! Thank you

        1. 5 stars
          I meant to give a 5 star, didn’t realize I clicked 4 instead. Sorry. Let me also add that less mess too, that’s definitely a plus.

      9. 5 stars
        Yes! Try these! They are easy. E a s y
        They were loved by everyone. The dipping sauce was perfect too

        I?Olena

      10. 5 stars
        So good! I love your recipes, simple and delicious- thank you from a fellow European in North America to another 🙂

      11. 4 stars
        Made these with shrimp and used flour tortillas. Family loved them and since son can’t eat fish (due to allergy) he can eat shell fish and looks for ways to have as often as possible

      12. 5 stars
        You are right! The kids like it and it is delicious. The sauce is slightly spicy, the shredded red cabbage and red onion were pretty, and avocado was perfect.
        Another great olena meal ❣️?

      13. 5 stars
        I just really like everything that comes from your site. I found you when i first got My instant pot. Now I subscribe and many days of the week I get inspiration from your emails! This is my next thing to make! I have fresh caught in the freezer right now,! Hope you are blessed for this work you are doing ❣️

      14. I loved fish tacos too! So, I’m going to try making these sans the fish. I’m not sure yet what I’ll use instead, but, they will taste delicious with your crema recipe.

      15. 5 stars
        So so yummy. I made it with the strawberry mango salsa and my family loved it. My mom is making my brother and I each cook dinner once a week and I chose this!
        Took me a lot longer than time suggested haha but I am not very experienced in cooking.

      16. 5 stars
        Locked down at home meals that make the husband happy are a win! These were delish! I maybe doubled the amount of sauce, which doesn’t offend me (it’s the bombbb) and I made a bit of homemade salsa (pico style) to add. These will be in my rotation for sure! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

      17. So for the sauce does it mean you replaced the mayo with avocado oil and if so how much? I used it with mayo and it was delicious thank you!

      18. 5 stars
        I made this recipe and my family loved it! I used 2 lbs of wild caught cod. I thought they were as good as Velvet Taco tacos (that’s a Texas restaurant)!!!!

      19. 5 stars
        I’ve been looking for a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious fish taco recipe forever and this one fits the bill. The whole family loves them.

      20. 5 stars
        Very delicious.
        My husband and I LOVED this recipe.
        My kids do not eat anything and we are working on changing their eating habits.

        1. Yay! So happy to hear! Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to let me know you enjoyed my recipe.
          yes, keep working on it and remember you are in charge. You will be amazed with the results if you persevere and show who is the boss haha.

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