Tilapia fish tacos recipe with white creamy fish taco sauce drizzled on top on a white plate
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Easy Tilapia Fish Taco Recipe with Mango Salsa

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
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
0030 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 602kcal
Author: Jyothi Rajesh


  • 8 corn tortillas

For fish marinade

  • 1 lbs fillets of tilapia fish (or haddock or cod)
  • 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

To cook

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Shredded purple cabbage slaw
  • Mango Salsa
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime juice

For fish taco sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (optional)
  • 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. Top with some shredded red cabbage slaw (or use plain red cabbage). Add few pieces of avocados too if you prefer.
  • Finally drizzles creamy fish taco sauce, lime juice and sprinkle fresh cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.



Type Of Fish - Use lean flaky fish. They are mild in flavor and take on the spice rub well, plus cook pretty fast. Strong flavored fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna might not work.
Cooking Fish - Do not grill/cook fish for longer. Lean white fish cooks really fast. With fork test if you are able to flake it, its done. Do not cook any further.
To Make Red Cabbage Slaw - Use 1 cup shredded red cabbage, 1 white onion sliced, 1 jalapenos peppers diced, Juice of 1 lime, handful of finely chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream) salt and pepper to taste. Toss everything together, keep in fridge covered until ready to serve.
To Make Mango Salsa - When fresh mangoes are in season, you must make mango salsa. To serve it over grilled meat. grilled fish, tacos, serve it with nachos. Find the recipe for mango salsa here
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1460IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 4.1mg