by Olena

Fish Tacos

by Olena

4.9 from 22 reviews

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 fish taco recipe ingredients are super simple. And I even give you options for a flour to use.

  • Fish: You can use 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:a co 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 all 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.
  • 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.
  • Chop fixings
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Tips for Best Fish Tacos

  • You can use salmon or trout if that’s what you have.
  • Do not use 0% yogurt for the crema because it will lack flavour.
  • Fish cooks fast, so don’t over cook.
  • Do not overcrowd the skillet – helps to keep fish crispy.

What to Serve with Fish Tacos?

Fish tacos are a complete meal. So easy – 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 {Crispy & Healthy}

4.9 from 22 reviews

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.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 tacos 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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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

  1. Dredging for fish: In a medium bowl, add flour, taco seasoning, garlic powder, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  2. Fish taco sauce: In a small bowl, add yogurt, mayo, lime juice, taco seasoning, cayenne and black pepper. Stir and set aside.
  3. Toppings: Chop and prepare the toppings.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 – guacamole would be good too.

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.

Notes

You can use any firm white fish or salmon. I do not use tilapia because it is farmed fish.

Flour that will work is almond flour or almond meal, regular white or whole wheat flour, spelt flour, gluten free flour or even breadcrumbs.

Do not use 0% yogurt because sauce will lack flavour.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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.

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

    I💜Olena

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

  5. 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

  6. 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 ❣️👋

  7. 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 ❣️

    1. Rana! Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I am so happy that my emails and site help you figure out what to make for dinner 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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)!!!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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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