This easy tilapia fish taco recipe with mango salsa is easy to make and the flavors in it is guaranteed to blow your mind. Are you ready for taco Tuesday? 30 minutes or less on the clock and you have the most delicious homemade tacos dinner to be served for dinner. Blackened fish, mango salsa is cocooned inside warm grilled corn tortillas with a ridiculously easy, delicious to-die-for creamy white taco sauce all finished with tangy lime drizzle.
And the bonus – you can prep almost all the components ahead and refrigerate beforehand. This makes it a perfect week night dinner or for party gatherings.
Tacos are truly the BEST Mexican food ever. Not just they are fast and fresh, but are highly customizable. Layering the tacos is the best and the fun part of this dish. Gather family and friends around the dinner table, allow them to build and layer their own tacos as per their taste and preference. Isn’t that the best!
This week we posted mango salsa recipe on the blog and you guys loved it so much. I’m sure you will love this fish taco recipe too as much. Let me tell you shooting this fish tacos with mango salsa was torturing. I mean to keep my hands off these delicious fish tacos was HARD!
I look forward to dinner time when there such delicious fish tacos on the table. I did gobble up a few right away after I completed the shoot way before dinner time. And I don’t feel guilty at all. These fish tacos are as healthy as a taco could be. And it’s gluten free too. We used corn tortillas, fresh fruity mango salsa and grilled fish (with just 1 tablespoon olive oil) in the dish. You can’t get any healthier than these tacos.
Look at the riot of colors on these tilapia fish tacos. Aren’t you blown right away? I mean you only need few minutes to cook the fish, it took me 10 minutes (leaving aside the resting time for fish to marinate). The fresh and vibrant mango salsa was to die for. And the crunch from purple cabbage balanced out the whole dish pretty well. Let’s talk about the fish taco sauce we made here – nothing fancy, but so so delicious. Sometimes simple things are all you need in your life! Exactly like this simple, easy to make creamy white fish taco sauce. It’s sour cream, mayonnaise, ground cumin, garlic powder, lime juice, salt and a hint of paprika. Simple, the BEST fish taco re according to me.
The creaminess of this fish taco sauce is all you need on all your tacos. Use generous drizzle of this ridiculously simple fish taco sauce on your tacos. And take out advise – make double quantity of this fish taco sauce, because it’s never gonna be enough of it left over.
I have (blackened) grilled tilapia fish on a skillet to keep it healthy. I’m a sucker for all grilled fish recipes, rather all things grilled. Go ahead and fry the fish in oil (deep frying) if you don’t mind the calories. Make sure to coat the fish in batter before deep frying. The truly traditional fish tacos you find on the streets on Mexico are mostly deep fried.
But let me tell you, you don’t need deep fried fish to make great tacos. True all things deep fried are great in taste. But when you have killer marinade that is packed with flavors and a ridiculously delicious (I call it to-die-for) taco sauce, you know your tacos are simply terrific. And when we can keep a dish healthy and terrific tasting without deep frying then why deep fry? Why go for those extra calories?
What is the best fish for fish taco recipe?
We have used tilapia fish. But you can use any firm white fish like
- Whether snapper
- mahi mahi
- or salmon too.
Ingredients for fish taco
Marinade for fish taco –
The ingredients used for fish taco marinade are most commonly use pantry spices. This spice rub is full of flavors. To make the fish taco marinade in a bowl whisk – 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 2 teaspoon chili powder, 2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon cumin powder, 1 tablespoon Italian herbs, salt to taste, 2 tablespoon olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoon low sodium light soy sauce, 3 tablespoon lime juice.
How to Make Fish Tacos:
Blackening the fish -Whisk together all the marinade ingredients. Rub the marinade on tilapia fish fillets until well coated on all the sides. Let the fish rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
Heat a skillet on medium high flame. Pour olive oil (and some butter if you like, we skipped butter) to the skillet. Place the fish fillets and cook until blackened on both sides(cooked well on both sides). Remove the pan from flame and shred the fish fillets into finger length pieces.
Assemble the tacos – Warm corn tortillas on a skillet or grill for few seconds on both sides. Place fish fillets, spoon in little mango salsa or any salsa of your choice. Sprinkle shredded purple cabbage. Add few pieces of avocados too.
Finally drizzle creamy fish taco sauce, lime juice and sprinkle fresh cilantro.
How to make fish taco sauce :
To make the best and simple fish taco add ½ cup sour cream, ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, salt to taste and 1 teaspoon lime juice in a small bowl. Whisk it well until combined well.
What toppings do you put on a fish taco?
Go crazy with toppings of your choice for these fish tacos. Almost any ingredient can be added as per your choice.
This is our toppings –
- Shredded red cabbage
- Fish taco sauce
You could also use these –
- Thinly sliced avocado slices
- Thinly sliced red onions
- Sliced tomaotes
- Cotija cheese
- Lettuce leaves
Here’s a quick video on easy tilapia fish taco recipe
This easy tilapia fish taco recipe with mango salsa is easy to make and the flavors in it is guaranteed to blow your mind. Are you ready for taco Tuesday? 30 minutes or less on the clock and you have the most delicious homemade tacos dinner to be served for dinner
- 8 corn tortillas
- 500 grams tilapia fish fillets
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon Italian herbs
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ½ tablespoon low sodium light soy sauce
- 3 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Shredded purple cabbage
- Mango Salsa
- Fresh cilantro
- Lime juice
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- Marinade fish – Whisk all the ingredients mentioned under the list for fish marinade. Rub the marinade all over tilapia fish and let the fish rest for 30 minutes on room temperature.
- Cooking fish -Heat a skillet on medium high flame. Pour olive oil (and some butter if you like, we skipped butter) to the skillet. Place the fish fillets and cook until blackened on both sides (cooked well on both sides). Remove the pan from flame and shred the fish fillets into finger length pieces.
- Assemble the tacos – Warm corn tortillas on a skillet or grill for few seconds on both sides. Place fish fillets, spoon in little mango salsa or any salsa of your choice. Sprinkle shredded red cabbage. Add few pieces of avocados too.
- Finally drizzles creamy fish taco sauce, lime juice and sprinkle fresh cilantro.
- Serve immediately.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #currytrail on instagram. I’d love to see what you cook!
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