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!!
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.
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.
What to put on fish tacos
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced onion
- Shredded lettuce
- Coleslaw (or onion slaw)
- Cotija Cheese
- Avocado or Guacamole
- Homemade Salsa
- Chopped Cabbage
- Fresh Mango Salsa
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.
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
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
Combine all fish taco sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Combine rub ingredients and rub into fish fillets. Place fish on a parchment lined pan and drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until flaky and cooked.
- Heat tortillas according to package directions.
- Break fish into large chunks and divide between tortillas. Top as desired and serve.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)