Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe

These quick and easy fish tacos combine simple ingredients — jalapeño peppers, lime and cilantro — for a flavor-packed meal. The low-calorie dish goes great with a side of black beans or guacamole, but the tacos are just as splendid on their own. Tilapia is an excellent light choice to fill a corn tortilla, but any mild, flaky white fish would do.

Fish Tacos
Photo by Perry Santanachote

Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes



4 (4-ounce) tilapia fillets
1/4 cup canola oil
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
1 tablespoons ancho chili powder
2 jalapeños, chopped and divided
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4  cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 garlic clove
Pinch of salt
Olive oil cooking spray
8 soft (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/4 small head of cabbage, shredded


  1. Place fish in a baking dish and squeeze three wedges of lime over it. Whisk together the oil, chili powder and half of the chopped jalapeno, and pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 minutes while you make the salsa.
  2. In a small bowl, toss together the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic and remaining jalapeno and lime juice.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Turn fish over; cook for 1 minute.
  4. Working with one at a time, heat tortillas over medium-high heat directly on the eye of a burner for about 20 seconds on each side or until lightly charred. Arrange half of a tilapia fillet on each tortilla and garnish with cabbage and salsa.
Fish Tacos
Photo by Perry Santanachote

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