Easy Fish Tacos


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Easy Fish Tacos

3 to 4 servings Easy
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Ingredients (17)

  • 1 pound firm white fish, such as tilapia, snapper, cod, mahi mahi, or catfish
  • 2 medium limes, halved
  • 1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for oiling the grill grates
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 small head of green or red cabbage (about 14 ounces), cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 to 8 soft (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • Sliced avocado, for garnish (optional)
  • Guacamole, for garnish (optional, see above)
  • Salsa, for garnish (optional, see above)
  • Sour cream, for garnish (optional)
  • Hot sauce, for garnish (optional)


Battered and fried fish tacos are delicious, but not particularly healthy. Here, we treat the fish to a citrus marinade, grill it, and serve in soft corn tortillas with avocado and tangy cabbage slaw—healthy and delicious, combined. Don’t forget to make a batch of Guacamole and Tomatillo Salsa before you begin.

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  1. 1Place the fish in a baking dish and squeeze a lime half over it. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season with salt and pepper and turn the fish in the marinade until evenly coated. Refrigerate and let marinate at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the slaw and warm the tortillas.
  2. 2Combine the cabbage, onion, and cilantro in a large bowl and squeeze a lime half over it. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary; set aside.
  3. 3Warm the tortillas by heating a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tortilla at a time, flipping to warm both sides, about 5 minutes total. Wrap the warm tortillas in a clean dishcloth and set aside while you prepare the fish.
  4. 4Brush the grates of a grill pan or outdoor grill with oil and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Remove the fish from the marinade and place on the grill.
  5. 5Cook without moving until the underside of the fish has grill marks and is white and opaque on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until white and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes more. (It’s OK if it breaks apart while you’re flipping.) Transfer the fish to a plate.
  6. 6Taste the slaw again and season as needed with more lime juice. Slice the remaining lime halves into wedges and serve with the tacos. To construct a taco, break up some of the cooked fish, place it in a warm tortilla, and top it with slaw and any optional garnishes.
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