Easy Fish Tacos Recipe

easy fish tacos

Just as I was snapping a photo of sizzling fish, Hubby walked in.  “You know, G, there are millions of fish taco recipes on the Web. The world may not need another one.” Pish posh! I’d be doing a disservice to cooks across all continents if I didn’t share my easy recipe!  Really, these fish tacos standout because of the tasty marinade, easy preparation, and versatility in serving style. Don’t like to pan fry? Fire up the grill. Don’t care for cod?  Substitute any firm fish such as tilapia or whitefish.  Have an at-times overly direct, linear observant husband? Feed him fish tacos for dinner.  And love him anyway.

Easy Fish Tacos in 3 simple steps.

Step 1:  Mix all marinade ingredients and pour over fish. Refrigerate for 20 minutes while preparing sides.

marinating fish for fish tacos recipe

Step 2: Heat a non-stick skillet and pan fry fish in batches, 3-4 minutes on each side.

pan frying cod for fish tacos recipe

Step 3:  Plate the fish, put out the sides and enjoy!

prepared fish for fish tacos recipe


Easy Fish Tacos Recipe
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Serves: 4-6
A flavorful marinade adds a tasty zip to cod, tilapia or whitefish and makes for a delicious and easy preparation for fish tacos.
  • Marinade:
  • 1½ teaspoon chile con carne or ancho chile powder
  • 1½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 chopped jalapeno
  • ½ teaspoon dried cilantro (or 2 Tbsp fresh if you like the strong taste)
  • 1 - 1½ lbs cod loins (can substitute tilapia or whitefish)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Garnish: Chopped lettuce, tomato, red onion, guacamole, salsa
  1. Mix first six ingredients to form a paste.
  2. Spread evenly over fish filets and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat non-stick skillet over medium-high flame and fry 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes and is fully cooked.
  4. Transfer to serving plate.
  5. To construct, break up the fish into chunks and spoon some fish onto a warm tortilla. Top with your favorite toppings and squeeze sliced lime on top for an added tang.


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