20 Delicious Mexican Seafood Recipes

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If you love seafood and love spice, today we are sharing the best Mexican seafood recipes. From classic ceviches to shrimp tacos to authentic mariscos, there is something for everyone.

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Are you a seafood lover who's always loves Mexican food? Well, you're in luck because we've got a list of mouth-watering Mexican seafood dishes that you're sure to love!

Mexico has a rich culinary heritage that spans centuries, and seafood plays a huge role in their cuisine. With over 7,000 kilometers of coastline, it's no surprise that Mexico has some of the best seafood dishes around.

From classic ceviche to modern takes on shrimp tacos, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And the best part? You don't have to travel all the way to Mexico to indulge in these delicious dishes. We'll give you all the tips and tricks you need to whip up these recipes right in your own kitchen.

Whether you're an experienced home cook or a beginner, we've got you covered. Our list includes easy-to-follow recipes that are easiest enough for a weeknight meal but tasty enough for a dinner party. 

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore the world of Mexican seafood and discover your new favorite dish.  Whether you're planning a Mexican-themed dinner party or just looking to step up your Taco Tuesday, we've got you covered.

So come on, let's dive in and discover the amazing world of Mexican seafood cuisine!

20 Mexican Seafood Recipes to Try!

Check out all the delicious recipes below.

Fish Tacos

254 CAL 15 MIN
Fish tacos with flaky seasoned fish served in a corn tortilla with cilantro, shredded red cabbage, and limes.

Fish tacos are a fresh, flavorful, and vibrant meal that highlights the bold flavors of Mexico! Flaky cod is coated in a dry spice rub, then pan-seared until crispy, flaky, and tender. Serve it inside warm corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, lime, and cilantro for the ultimate meal!

Shrimp Fajitas make a delicious 15-minute dinner! Restaurant-worthy fajitas packed with shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and homemade fajita seasoning.

Salmon Tostadas

415 CAL 30 MIN
Salmon tostadas with creamy avocado, spice coated salmon, and pineapple salsa on crispy corn tortillas.

Salmon Tostadas are made with flaky salmon, bright pineapple salsa, and creamy avocado, all stacked on top of a perfectly crispy tostada shell. Serve alongside some rice and beans for the ultimate weeknight dinner!

Camarones a la Diabla, or Deviled Shrimp, is a flavorful Mexican dish made with shrimp in a bright red chile sauce. Ready in under 10 minutes, this delicious recipe makes the perfect main course for any lunch or dinner.

Blackened Fish Tacos serve as the ultimate way for taco lovers to incorporate more fish into their diet. Made with blackened white fish and topped with a mouth-watering mango salsa, this irresistible taco recipe is bound to become a new household favorite.


116 CAL 30 MIN
Aguachile with raw shrimp in a lime and cilantro sauce in a bowl with sliced cucumbers.

Learn how to make Aguachile, a spicy cold shrimp dish from Mexico! Raw shrimp is marinated in fresh lime juice, cilantro, and jalapenos and then served cold.


219 CAL 25 MIN
Ceviche with fish marinated in lime juice and served with cilantro, avocado, tomatoes, and red onion in a white bowl.

Easy Fish Ceviche is a bright and refreshing Latin American dish made with fresh fish marinated in lime juice. It is easy to make, the perfect summer dish, and great as a main dish with tostadas or as a light appetizer or dip.

Ceviche Tostadas

332 CAL 30 MIN
Ceviche tostadas with fish ceviche on a baked tostada shell topped with avocado and cilantro.

These easy Ceviche Tostadas made with fresh fish cured in lime juice make a perfect warm weather meal or appetizer. Make them with any fresh white fish you like and serve on homemade baked tostada shells.

Get ready to take your classic fish tacos to the next level with these mouth-watering Salmon Tacos! Made with blackened salmon and a flavorful corn salsa packed into warm tortillas, this easy healthy recipe makes the perfect addition to taco night.

Shrimp Ceviche

214 CAL 35 MIN
Shrimp Ceviche cured in lime juice with avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion.

This Easy Shrimp Ceviche with zesty lime marinated shrimp, red onion, jalapeno, avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro is the perfect bright, refreshing dish for a hot day. Plus it couldn't be easier to make!

Mango Shrimp Tostadas are a quick and healthy meal with seasoned shrimp, black beans, and a mango slaw made with cabbage, corn, and avocado.

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa are packed with sweet and spicy flavors from an easy homemade spice rub for the shrimp and the best mango and black bean salsa on top.

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.

Pan Fried Tilapia is made with just five ingredients for the perfect quick and easy meal. This tilapia dish is anything but boring and a great fish recipe to add to your rotation.

Baked Cilantro Lime Salmon with honey and garlic is an easy 20-minute dinner that the whole family will love. It's easy to make and is a must for anyone who loves cilantro.

Shrimp Tostadas

495 CAL 25 MIN
Shrimp tostadas with black beans, cabbage, spiced shrimp, avocado, and corn on baked tortillas.

Shrimp Tostadas are an easy and healthy dinner packed with spicy shrimp, black beans, corn, veggies, and avocado for a Mexican meal that's ready in less than twenty minutes.

Easy Taco and Seafood Seasoning

If I am looking to make a quick, Mexican-inspired seafood fish, most of the time I am reaching for this all-purpose taco seasoning or fish taco seasoning mix.

It is the perfect blend of spices for fish and seafood. Simply coat any fish, shrimp, or scallops in olive oil, lime juice, and one of these seasoning mixes for an easy tasty meal. Then cook the seafood or fish on the grill, in a hot skillet, or baked in the oven.

Don't Forget These Tasty Side Dishes

Although most people think of rice and beans when it comes to Mexican side dishes, there are so many more options. Here are some favorites to serve with seafood.

Salsa and Toppings

Not all Mexcian seafood recipes need extra toppings or salsa, but when we are serving seafood tacos and tostadas, there will definitely be toppings. 

Tips and Tricks for Making Mexican Seafood Dishes

There are so many different types of Mexican seafood recipes from ceviche to seafood soup to tacos, tostadas, and deliciously seasoned fish and shrimp dishes. All of these dishes have a few things in common.

  • Use fresh local seafood: Along the coasts of Mexico, most of the dishes you see are made with fresh fish and seafood caught in local waters. When cooking Mexican seafood, look for really fresh fish and seafood. Common seafood used in Mexican dishes includes:
    • Shrimp (camarones)
    • Red snapper (huachinango)
    • Oysters (ostiones)
    • Octopus (pulpo)
    • Tuna (atún)
    • Lobster (langosta)
    • Marlin (aguja)
    • Fresh water and salt water local fish (pescado)
  • Fresh, bright flavors: Whether prepared raw or cooked, Mexican fish and seafood recipes use tons of fresh produce and flavors. Make sure to embrace garlic, fresh cilantro, onions, tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, avocado, and chile peppers. Don't be shy about making the dish really flavorful and bright.
  • Bold spices and chiles: Like many Mexican dishes, fresh chile peppers like jalapenos and serrano peppers are often found in seafood dishes. You will also find dried chiles and salsas used. 
  • Embrace spice and acid: Don't be afraid to add spice and lots of fresh lime juice or lemon juice.
  • Traditional cooking methods: Mexican seafood and fish recipes are cooked in a number of ways but use traditional methods like grilling, sauteing, stewing. Raw preparations use lime juice to cure the fish or shellfish.

Looking for more authentic Mexican seafood dishes?

Here are five more popular Mexican seafood dishes to try. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions about these recipes.

The most iconic Mexican seafood dish is ceviche made with raw fish and/or shellfish marinated in lime juice. Normally it is served with onions and fresh cilantro.

However, there are so many more Mexican dishes made with seafood including camarones a la diabla, pescado zarandeado, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, seafood tostadas, seafood cocktails, grilled fish, aguachile, and more. 

So many different types of fish are used in Mexican cuisine and it varies based on what region you are in. Perhaps the most famous fish used in Mexican cooking is the red snapper, or huachinango, which is used in many dishes.

Seafood recipes from Mexico including a shrimp taco with avocado, cabbage, and cilantro lime sauce.
The Recipe
Mexican seafood tacos made with shrimp, avocado, and cilantro lime sauce.

Mexican Seafood Tacos

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  • 1.5 lbs shrimp (or fish or scallops)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (red or green)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

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Toss the shrimp, fish, or scallops with olive oil, lime juice, and spices. You can also use a combination of fish and shrimp if you like. If using fish and shrimp, cut the fish into 1 inch bites that will cook in the same amount of time as the shrimp.

Shrimp tossed with chili powder, spices, olive oil, and lime juice in a bowl.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and fish in a single layer. Cook for 1.5 - 3 minutes per side until cooked through. If using a fish filet, cook it for 3-4 minutes on each side until flaky and cooked through.

Shrimp cooking in a skillet with cilantro and lime on the side.

Toast the corn tortillas over an open flame if possible for the best flavor. Assemble tacos by placing shrimp/fish in the warm corn tortillas with cabbage, avocado, and cilantro.

Seafood tacos in corn tortillas with red cabbage and avocado.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379
Calories from Fat 121
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 274mg
Sodium 847mg
Total Carbohydrate 30g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 2g
Protein 39g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


This recipe works for any white fish, salmon, shrimp, or scallops. It can also be served as a tostada or on its own with rice and beans.

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