Fish tacos are an easy and delicious dinner idea, this fish taco recipe is a great addition to your dinner meal plan!
Fish tacos are one of my very favorite meals. I first discovered fish tacos on an impromptu trip to the beach, and have since had my very favorite ever fresh fish tacos on a visit to Costa Maya Mexico – they literally caught the fish while we were sitting there!
Fish taco ingredients
- Tilapia – We like tilapia for fish tacos because it’s a light flavored fish and inexpensive. If you prefer not to use tilapia, grouper is a delicious alternative.
- Olive oil – Just a drizzle for baking the fish, I love a more robust olive oil but whatever you have on hand will work just fine.
- Seasoned salt – In the absence of seasoned salt, you could use just salt and pepper or garlic salt.
- Lettuce – I like to use a spring mix or baby spinach leaves.
- Fresh salsa – This pico de gallo recipe is perfect on fish tacos.
- Red onion – I’m partial to pickled red onions on my fish tacos, but thinly sliced plain red onions are good too.
- Cilantro garlic sauce – If you’re anti cilantro then go for the good old sour cream, but if you like cilantro, you’ll absolutely love this cilantro garlic sauce.
What is the best fish for fish tacos?
Tilapia is the best fish for fish tacos because it’s light flavor, moist and flaky, and is reasonably priced. Alternatively grouper is delicious and whitefish works as well.
We like to bake the tilapia on a sheet pan with a little bit of olive oil and seasoned salt. The filets are small so they cook up quickly and fit perfectly into tacos.
What toppings do you put on a fish taco?
The best toppings for fish tacos are pico de gallo, lettuce, pickled red onions, and cilantro garlic sauce. If you don’t have pico, fresh diced tomatoes are great. Thinly sliced red onion works if you don’t have time to pickle yours, and if you’re not a fan of cilantro try a dollop of sour cream.
How many calories are in fish tacos?
Fish tacos made with tilapia are about 230 calories. Because it’s hard to know what toppings will be added to the fish tacos, this calorie calculation is for the flour tortilla and one tilapia filet.
Toppings like lettuce, onion, and salsa won’t add almost any calories, but sour cream or cilantro garlic sauce will change the number.
What spices to use for fish tacos?
I like to use a mild seasoned salt for the spices on our fish tacos, or sometimes even just salt and pepper. If you’re looking for a more bold flavor though, chipotle seasoning or blackened seasoning would work well.
What is a good side dish for fish tacos?
Great side dish ideas for fish tacos are guacamole, black bean soup, and roasted plantains. I also love white rice or cauliflower rice as a side! Honestly though, the tacos themselves have everything to make a complete healthy meal, so don’t feel guilty for skipping the sides if you want!
More great fish recipes
- Chili Lime Steelhead Trout
- Bruschetta Fish
- Apple Teriyaki Salmon with Brussel Sprouts
- Smoked Salmon Rolls
- Baked Cod
Fish taco making tools
- Santuko knife – My favorite knife for cutting vegetables! This knife is the perfect size and shape, handles great, and is super reasonably priced. Also, I just love that it’s fun and colorful!
- Silicone baking mats – Nothing sticks to these! Whaaaa?! Perfect for baking sugary cookies, or cheesy croissants. You know why? Because nothing sticks to these!!!
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything. Cookies? Yes! Steak? Yes! Cake? Oh yeh! Roasted veggies? Uhhhh huh!
- End grain cutting board – This is my absolute favorite cutting board and the one that I get the most compliments on. And p.s. I have a lot of cutting boards. It really is absolutely stunning, and knows how to take a beating. We use it every single day!
How to make Fish Tacos
- Tilapia filets or other flaky white fish
- Seasoned salt
- Lettuce I used a spring mix
- Pico de Gallo (see notes for our recipe)
- Pickled red onions (see notes for our recipe)
- Cilantro garlic sauce (see notes for our recipe)
- Flour tortillas
- Place the tilapia filets on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then dust with seasoned salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes, until cooked through and flaky when pierced with a fork.