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Tilapia Fish Tacos

Boy oh boy do I have a recipe for you!


This was a first for me! I’ve never made fish tacos before and have always felt intimidated by them… don’t know why? Maybe its cause I never had a fish taco till I moved to San Diego in 2001. After my first bite I thought I’d died and gone to fish taco heaven!

First things first… You’re going to need about a pound of Tilapia or another white flakey fish and marinade it. Here’s what you need for the marinade:

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Juice of one large lime
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 jalapeno roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

You want to whisk it all together, pour it over the fish, cover, and let it marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.


Next you want to make the sauce. Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup lite sour cream
  • 1/2 cup lite mayo
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced capers
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Whisk all ingredients together and let sit in the fridge for about an hour so all the flavors can develop.


After the fish has marinated for a while, you want to fire up the grill.


We grilled this at night… hence the dark photo. We grilled the tilapia on a cedar plank. You don’t need a cedar plank to make this, you can just throw the fish directly on the grill. Grill for about 10 minutes on each side. Make sure to pour any remaining marinade over the fish while grilling.


  • I served ours with corn tortillas, but you can use flour too….


Toppings included shredded purple & green cabbage. You can also add some green onion and cheese if you like…


I am no longer intimidated by fish tacos anymore! These were delicious! The flavors were perfect.

I have to warn you though… the fish and the sauce has a kick to it from the jalapeno… but its just the right amount of heat… not the kind that makes your nose run 😉

Happy Eating 🙂 🙂

18 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on September 8, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I love fish tacos but I have only had them 1-2 times. I am definitely going to make these. It sounds like an awesome recipe!

    I also love that since it is dark when you are grilling, it’s probably after 8 right? We are late dinner eaters too. 🙂

  2. Nicole, RD said on September 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Fish tacos were new to me until I went to CA for the first time. Now I see them everywhere, and I get them more times than not when I see them on a menu. That sauce looks great! Saving this recipe! Thanks!!

  3. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said on September 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I’ve never made fish tacos either – for the same reason as you, I’ve always been intimidated by cooking fish! Yours look delicious, and what beautiful photos with the purple and green! Yum =)

  4. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on September 8, 2010 at 8:36 am

    These sound great. I love that fire photo!

  5. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on September 8, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I am kinda shocked you have never made them before. My boys love fish tacos. It has been a while since I have made them. Shrimp tacos are good too! We love interactive meals like that too. It makes dinner fun and delicious!

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on September 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

    DROOL! oh my gosh this sounds amazing…i think i know what i want for dinner 🙂

  7. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on September 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Yum this looks/sounds delicious!

  8. Kristi Rimkus said on September 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Costco sells the most amazing tilapia. Thick and meaty. Perfect for your colorful tacos! Terrific pictures. 🙂

  9. Alison said on September 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

    This looks so easy and delicious!

  10. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on September 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I’ve never made fish tacos before too but I love me a good fish taco! Your pictures came out beautifully.

  11. Alisa said on September 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Those look amazing! You had me hooked until the cilantro, but I could always omit that 🙂

  12. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on September 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Gosh, I love fish tacos! I’ve never made them myself though. This looks easy enough to follow. Maybe I should try!

  13. Mo@MommyRD said on September 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful photos and presentation. I love fish tacos and had never had them until I moved to Arizona!

  14. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on September 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make fish tacos! These sound amazing!

  15. Jen said on September 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Fish tacos are a staple in my house and this recipe looks delicious!!! Can’t wait to try it! We make an avocado sauce… puree the avocado with lowfat plain yogurt, some lime juice and a little garlic… another great option for tacos!

  16. nurse practitioner said on September 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    this post is very usefull thx!

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on September 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    oh these look bangin!

    i love the looks of the dipping sauce! I could vegan-ize that easily!

    when i was pregnant and couldnt keep ANYTHING down, I ate some fish, salmon and tilapia (very low in mercury, good for pregnant women) so that was the last time I ate any animal flesh, and it was tilapia!

  18. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I’ve been looking for tilapia recipes because my trainer has me eating white fish two times a day and I’m good and sick of tilapia marinated in nothing but lemon juice and salt and pepper.

    Thanks, girl!