20+ Best Fish Taco Recipes
With their myriad of delicious toppings and homemade sauces, fish tacos are a flavorful way to take advantage of mild, budget-friendly fish (like tilapia) or fish you caught yourself and tucked away in the freezer. They're also a healthy alternative to tacos featuring ground beef or steak, and an easy way to work fish into your weekly meal rotation. Pair with your favorite beer or margarita for the ultimate Taco Tuesday.
Sheet Pan BBQ Fish Tacos With Mexi Corn
This easy and impressive sheet pan dinner is from Julie Grimes' $10 Dinners: Delicious Meals for a Family of 4 that Don't Break the Bank.
Fish Tacos and Topping Bar
This simple taco bar features firm, mild fish (such as tilapia) that's been coated in crushed corn chips and baked in the oven for an irresistible crunch. Pair with Asian Slaw and Quick Chipotle Cream, and serve with a variety of toppings—such as tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, cilantro, and lime— for everyone to customize their own taco.
Big Easy Fried Catfish Tacos
These Cajun-inspired catfish tacos call for a homemade Spicy Rèmoulade and Cajun Pico, which both highlight the best of Louisiana flavors.
Fish Tacos with Sweet Pickle Sauce
The creamy sauce offers a cool counterpoint to the bold blackening spices. Not in the mood for tilapia? The recipe is also great with chicken, sliced flank steak, or shrimp. Toss some avocado, tomato, and cilantro into the mix, and you're ready to knock Taco Tuesday out of the park.
Pacific Northwest Smoked Salmon Tacos
The secret to these delicious salmon fish tacos is using smoked salmon and a cream cheese spread flavored with chopped fresh dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Top tacos with sliced cucumber and shallots and a spoonful of salmon roe.
Hawaiian Tuna Tacos
Pair pan-seared fresh tuna with a spicy pineapple salsa, seaweed salad, and corn tortillas for fancy fish tacos with a hint of Asian flair.
Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
Make food truck-style fish tacos at home using fresh tilapia, avocado, cilantro and corn tortillas, and top with a creamy onion-jalapeño mixture for amazing flavor.
Grilled Corn and Fish Tacos
This crowd-pleaser has everything you want in a fish taco, including a spicy mayo and fresh add-ins like avocado and lightly charred corn.
Pan-Seared Tuna Tacos with Avocado and Mango Salsa
These simple, vibrant tacos rely largely on superfresh ingredients for the fullest flavor potential. Opt for just-ripe avocados and tuna from a source you trust.
Baja Fish Tacos
Top tempura-crusted sea bass with a tomatillo mixture, shredded cabbage, and a simple mayonnaise-lime sauce for Baja-style tacos that everyone is sure to love
Grilled Scallop Tacos with Smashed Avocado and Charred Corn Pico
This quick taco filling is perfect for weeknight dinners. Smashed avocado and charred corn pico brings a rich, earthy flavor to these scallop tacos.
Blackened Tilapia Tacos with Basil-Lime Mayo
Firm tilapia can stand up to the simple yet robust spice rub here. Double the basil-mayo mixture and use as a veggie dip or sandwich spread for lunch.
New England Lobster Roll Tacos
The amazing flavor of these tacos is enough to justify the extra effort required to cook live lobsters. The succulent lobster meat is paired with plenty of melted butter that's been seasoned with lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, and minced shallots. Garnish with sliced scallions and chopped fresh parsley.
Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema
The simple lime-cilantro crema is the star of these fish tacos. Serve with seasoned baked red snapper fillets—and a bottle of Corona Light.
Shrimp and Black Bean Tacos
A little bit of the black bean liquid brings the chunky mash together. The mash also helps to hold all the filling in place.
Paleo Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cilantro Salsa
Michelle Tam, creator of the blog Nom Nom Paleo and author of two cookbooks (Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans and Ready or Not!) makes this recipe whenever she's on vacation with her family in Hawaii. The tacos are made with butter lettuce leaves instead of tortillas, so they're very light and refreshing.
Japanese Tako Tacos
These Asian-inspired tacos have a secret: they're made with octopus. Yes, you read that right—and it's delicious. Simmer the octopus in a spicy sake mixture for about an hour and twenty minutes, then grill briefly. Slice and serve on corn tortillas; top with Kewpie mayonnaise sauce, nori, daikon, micro greens, and pickled ginger.
Boil shrimp with ground red pepper, black peppercorns, and lime-wedges to add authentic Mexican flavor to these tacos. Shredded rotisserie chicken or flaked, cooked fish also works well in these tacos.
Crispy Tilapia Tacos
Aim for just a light coating of flour on the fish for minimal oil absorption--you should only use about 1/4 cup of the flour mixture. We attempted this recipe with whole-wheat flour, but the natural oils from the whole grain didn't allow the crust to crisp properly.
Tilapia and Summer Squash Tacos
Summer squash adds a fresh seasonal element that makes for a sumptuous fish taco filling. Use Fresno chiles instead of chipotles for less heat.
Baja Fish and Avocado Tostada
This fish and avocado tostada recipe calls for tilapia, but you can use any mild white fish. Start with 6-inch whole-grain corn tortillas instead of flour, and you'll save about 30 calories and 200mg sodium. Then just top with this fun flavor combo, and crunch.