Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep Time
5 Mins
Marinate Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
6 Mins
16 tacos (serving size: 1 taco)

Marinating tilapia filets in a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, and spice gives the fish tacos a signature bold flavor. Dress the tacos with avocado or queso fresco to temper the acidity.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, chili powder, cumin and garlic. Season fish on all sides with salt and pepper and place in a dish large enough to hold in a single layer. Pour marinade over fish, cover and refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat gas grill to medium, or preheat broiler to high and set rack 6 inches from source of heat. Remove fish from marinade and grill or broil until flaky, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes, then cut into chunks. Season with salt, pepper and additional lime juice, if desired.

Step 3

Warm tortillas as package label directs. Serve tilapia with tortillas.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

steponme's Review

March 12, 2014
Great flavor in marinade. Added avocado and CL Tequila-Lime Slaw; perfection! ;-)

jtanen's Review

July 13, 2013
Extremely easy and tasted delicious. We actually swapped out the grilled tilapia for a gluten-free battered haddock and used the marinade as a dressing instead, and it was wonderful. Wonderful to add coleslaw to it, as wel..

4boys2girls's Review

June 04, 2013
2 years later, this is still one of my go to recipes!! love this!! before this recipe I would have never thought I could make fish tacos at home!! so simple! so delicious!

Ann49ers's Review

April 30, 2013
These fish tacos were so good. Served with thin, sliced red onion, avacado, and shredded cheddar cheese. My family loved them so much.

Mcmadsen89's Review

December 20, 2012

amywhite's Review

July 17, 2012
Love the marinade, but I changed a few things for the rest of the recipe. I cooked the fish in a little olive oil on the stove, and for the tacos I used the fish, black beans, salsa, peaches, cilantro, and queso fresca. They were delicious! The peaches with this fish recipe worked really well! I also served spanish style rice on the side.

StephIlderton's Review

July 11, 2011

alliefern's Review

July 09, 2011
I made this fish to go along with the Jicama-Cilantro Coleslaw recipe that I found on this site. My husband and I both LOVED this dish. Will make again for sure!!

IShores's Review

May 15, 2011
Delicious! The taco was very flavorful. We added roasted tomato salsa and homemade coleslaw. The perfect light summer dinner.