Fish Tacos with Lime Slaw
These Fish Tacos with Lime Slaw couldn't be more delicious or easy for that matter. They come together in less than thirty minutes and are as good as any restaurant dish.
Nothing is better than these Mexican Fish Tacos with creamy lime coleslaw and avocado. They take less than 30 minutes and are good. Make them for your next Taco Tuesday and consider trying these Grilled Chicken Tacos and Steak Tacos as well.
Even when nothing is working out right in my day, I know at the very least I have a few dependable, tasty recipes I can count on to make an easy, delicious dinner. One such recipe is these Fish Tacos with Slaw. With just a little kick of spice from the ancho and jalapeno, tons of crunch from the slaw, and a hearty corn tortilla to hold it all together. It's the perfect bite.
Plus since I always have some cod or other white fish in the freezer, it's easy. The fish thaws quickly and the coleslaw recipe comes together in just a few minutes. These tacos also work great with shrimp or salmon.
Why We Love These Fish Tacos with Slaw
- Easy: These tacos come together in under 30 minutes with ingredients most of us have in our pantry, fridge, or freezer. No complicated seasoning rubs or hard-to-find ingredients.
- Healthy: Fish is a great lean protein packed with nutrients. The coleslaw is full of veggies and made with a light dressing without tons of cream or mayonnaise.
- Versatile: Make these tacos with any fish you want including tilapia, haddock, cod, Mahi Mahi, salmon, or snapper. Swap in shrimp or even chicken in a pinch. Make the slaw with any kind of cabbage or broccoli slaw. Add in whatever veggies you like and pile on your favorite salsa or taco toppings.
These fish tacos are so good you might not want to wait. Looking for another delicious fish taco to try, check out these Blackened Fish Tacos.
Side Dishes to Serve with Fish Tacos
Tacos are great on their own, but sometimes you want a little extra something, something. Try one (or more) of the following as a side dish for your tacos.
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice goes great with fish tacos, especially if you want something light.
- Healthy up the tacos even more with a generous helping of simple brown rice or quinoa.
- Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice delivers that zesty, tangy lime with every bite.
- Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing...are you sensing a theme yet?
- Black Bean and Corn Salad is the best of all bean worlds.
- Or, sometimes, I'll just microwave some canned black beans and add some hot sauce and a little parmesan cheese. Sounds weird, but trust me, it's delicious.
- If you don't like cod, you can substitute it for one of the other fish I mentioned above. Or you can use chicken or lean beef with the same spices and toppings as well.
- You can also use lettuce wraps or low-carb tortillas if you're watching your carb consumption.
- Try a "deconstructed" taco — put your toppings in a fish taco bowl with rice or quinoa as the base. Now what you have is more salad and less taco, still delicious.
- If you don't like mayo, try substituting Greek yogurt.
- Instead of red cabbage, try green cabbage or broccoli slaw.
- If you aren't a fan of spicy foods, you can leave the jalapeno off and flavor your fish with taco seasoning or another milder Mexican spice blend.
- Skip the cilantro or any other ingredient if you don't like it. Really, this recipe is yours for the making (and eating!).
- Make them crispy with these oven baked taco shells.
Ways to Serve Fish Tacos
Okay so maybe you're not exactly in a taco mood today. I don't really understand it, but I'll allow it. Don't worry, you should make this fish anyway. It's so versatile. Try:
- Make tasty taco bowls with greens, coleslaw, and perfectly seasoned fish.
- Placing the cooked fish on baked tostada shells with some mango salsa.
- Add the fish to lettuce wraps for a low-carb taco.
- Divvy the fish up into yummy Mexican-themed rice bowls with beans, salsa, jalapenos, and corn.
- Turn this into the best spicy fish sandwich.
- Or you can serve it all by itself, I promise it makes a great protein addition to your meal.
- Add a tasty mango salsa like the one served with these Mango Shrimp Tacos.
What's the best fish for tacos?
I've found that the kind of fish that holds up the best in a taco is a meatier, saltwater white fish, like cod, snapper, or Mahi Mahi. You'll want the fish you use to have a mild flavor so that you aren't stuck with an overpowering fishy flavor in all of your tacos instead of whatever flavors you'd rather be tasting.
You can also use halibut, haddock, red snapper or grouper. You could use swordfish, tuna, or salmon if you want. There are really no rules. Just keep in mind your method of cooking, as bigger fillets of fish tend to hold up better than others.
How much fish do you need for fish tacos?
This recipe calls for one pound for four servings. I consider one serving to be two tacos and you will want about 1/8 of a pound per taco or 1/4 pound per person.
Depending on how many toppings you plan to serve on the tacos and the size of the tortillas, this can vary slightly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most common questions about making these fish tacos.
How to make white sauce for fish tacos?
Many times fish tacos come with a creamy white sauce on top. To make that sauce for your taco bowls, blend together 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise, 2-3 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp cumin, salt, pepper, and a splash of hot sauce if desired. You can also blend cilantro or jalapeno right into the sauce.
How to store leftover fish tacos?
If you have any leftover cooked fish, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you have leftover coleslaw, it will keep for 1-2 days in the fridge. Store in an airtight container. These recipes do not freeze well.
Fish Tacos with Lime Slaw
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- 1 lb cod (or other firm white fish)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 lime, juice
- 1/2 tbsp ancho chile powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 1 tbsp low fat mayonnaise
- 1/2 tbsp. honey (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- 8 corn tortillas (Use low carb tortillas or lettuce wraps for low carb)
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