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Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Fish tacos pair well with Coronas or a margarita, and make for the perfect Taco Tuesday.
Course taco
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword corn tortilla, fish, flour tortillas, sauce, seafood, tilapia, tortilla, white fish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 472kcal


For the fish:

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound white fish fillets, I prefer tilapia
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the cilantro lime sauce:

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For serving:

  • 9 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas
  • ½ cup shredded red cabbage
  • ½ cup shredded green cabbage
  • ½ cup pico de gallo
  • Lime wedges


For the fish:

  • In a small bowl stir the cayenne and paprika together. Cut the white fish fillets into about 4 strips per fillet and season with cayenne/ paprika mixture, salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large non-stick sauté pan over medium heat, add the vegetable oil and heat through. Add the strips to the pan, working in batches if necessary so the pan is not overcrowded.
  • Cook the fish until it easily lifts from the pan, about 3 minutes. Flip the fish and cook until just cooked through, about an additional 3 minutes. Set aside and cover.

For the cilantro white sauce:

  • Mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, lime juice, cilantro and black pepper together in a small bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

For serving:

  • Toss together the shredded cabbage to combine.
  • Add some of the shredded cabbage to warmed tacos and top each with a slice of fish. Top with pico and about a tablespoon of the cilantro lime sauce. Serve with lime wedges.


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg