Easy Fish Tacos

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Easy Fish Tacos make a great family meal because you can have it on the table in about 20 minutes!

This recipe starts with white fish fillets (such as tilapia or cod) rubbed with a flavorful spice mixture and baked until tender and flaky.  Add your favorite toppings, some fish taco sauce or a side of  Fresh Mango Salsa for the perfect weeknight meal!

Fish Tacos are one of those easy meals I just don’t make often enough.  They’re fresh and flavorful and everyone loves them, not to mention…. 20 minutes from fridge to table. Win/win!!

Fish tacos in a tray with toppings and lime

How to Make Easy Fish Tacos

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How to Make Fish Tacos

These fish tacos start with white fish, we like tilapia (although if you don’t like tilapia, please feel free to choose your favorite white fish such as cod or haddock).

I like to dab the fish dry and rub it with a simple homemade spice mixture. You can also use your favorit pre-made seasoning or cajun seasoning but mixing your own spice mix takes just a few minutes and you can control the salt and spice levels.

Next the fish for these fish tacos bakes in the oven for about 15 min… super fast! In those 15 minutes, I chop and prep our toppings (and make my daugther set the table).  By the time the fish is done, the toppings are ready and we have a super quick meal in minutes!

I like to break the fish into large chunks and then add in our toppings.

Close up photo of fish tacos in a tray

What to Serve With Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are a complete meal in one and don’t require a lot of extras on the side!  I love to add tons of toppings for everyone to dress up their own and a couple of fresh simple sides.

If I do serve sides with fish tacos, it’s usually something simple like a corn salad or some delicious Spanish Rice!

What to put on fish tacos

Overhead close up of fish tacos with toppings.

How to Make Fish Taco Sauce

I often serve fish tacos with a  classic coleslaw or onion slaw (recipe below) but if you’d like a sauce, the following is one of our favorites!

Combine 3 tablespoons each mayonnaise and sour cream in a small bowl.  Add the juice from 1/2 fresh lime, a pinch of garlic powder and cumin and about 1/2 teaspoon of sriracha. Stir until combined and drizzle over tacos.

These just take a few quick minutes to prepare so they are perfect for a busy weeknight and just taste so delicious and light.

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes
Servings: 4 servings
Easy Fish Tacos
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fish tacos

Tender flaky fish lightly seasoned and baked makes the perfect filling for these easy fish tacos.

  • 1 1/2 lbs fillets of tilapia or cod/haddock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 6-inch corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • 1 lime wedged
  • toppings to taste
Fish Taco Sauce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha or to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine all fish taco sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

  3. Combine rub ingredients and rub into fish fillets. Place fish on a parchment lined pan and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until flaky and cooked.
  5. Heat tortillas according to package directions.
  6. Break fish into large chunks and divide between tortillas. Top as desired and serve.
Recipe Notes

How to Make Cabbage Onion Slaw: 1 cup green cabbage, shredded 1 white onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 1/3 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 jalapeño pepper seeded & chopped.

Nutritional information includes 2 fish tacos in corn tortillas and no toppings.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 163, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 348mg, Potassium: 174mg, Carbohydrates: 27g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 17.5%, Vitamin C: 5.9%, Calcium: 6.2%, Iron: 8.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

17 comments on “Easy Fish Tacos”

  1. Made these tonight – so easy and incredibly delicious!!

  2. This has garlic powder included twice in the ingredients list… is one supposed to be onion powder? Which?

  3. I am not a skilled cook so I couldn’t believe how well this turned out. It really was an “Easy Fish Taco Recipe,” which is exactly what I Googled to find it.

    Thank you!

  4. Made these tonight and they tasted just like a restaurant’s fish tacos that we love! My husband ate and ate…and was silent. Says a lot since he talks all the time! We loved them! Thank you!

  5. I made this tonight and it was delicious!! Would definitely make again. The fish sauce was yummy on the tacos and I made a Normal cole slaw to put on top. Rub was great on the tilapia super easy to throw together. I’ve made a couple of your recipes and have enjoyed everything. Next on our list to make is beef stroganoff and the herb crusted salmon!

  6. I am so allergic to fish of any kind. Wish I could figure something out without fish. Maybe deep fried avocado? Something like that.

  7. Tacos is my favorite food!! :-)

  8. My husband likes the fish tacos, i never tried it before. was looking for a recipe, this one looks easy.

  9. My husband has been looking for a fish taco recipe with slaw to try. Going to try this one out. Thanks

  10. I have never tried fish tacos but these sound interesting

  11. Oh that looks delicious. My family loves fish tacos but ours are a little boring. Your recipe is one that I’m going to try soon!

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