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Fish Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

These are just like the yummy ones you can get at restaurants only better - the fish isn't deep-fried and the ingredients are fresh!  Use our Caribbean Lime Halibut recipe or follow the directions for preparing the fish below.  You can choose to use soft corn tortillas or crisp taco shells.  Two or three limes should give you all the juice you need for this recipe.  Make plenty, they're good. Serve the whole team -  Feeding the Young Athlete.

1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
1 lb. fish, true cod, halibut or other white fish
8-12 corn tortillas or taco shells
grated cheese

1/4 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 clove garlic, pressed
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon water

1/2 cup shredded cabbage
4 leaves romaine, rolled and cut in thin strips
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
salt and pepper

1) Combine 1 tablespoon each of lime juice, olive oil and soy sauce in a small bowl and pour over fish.  Allow fish to marinate for at least 1/2 hour.

2) Combine all ingredients for sauce in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.  Cut vegetables.  Dress with olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper and toss.  Set side dressed vegetables and sauce.

3) Preheat broiler.  Place marinated fish on a broiler pan and broil about 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish (10 minutes per inch).  Warm tortillas in a skillet with a dab of butter one at a time or bake taco shells.  When fish is done, cut into small slices.  Place a few fish slices in tortilla with dressed vegetables on top.  Pour a tablespoon or two of the sauce over the top and add a bit of grated cheese and salsa if desired.  Repeat process for each tortilla. 

Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Makes 2/3 cup sauce, 8-12 tacos


LOU McGrew
My dogs only come into the kitchen when it is time for them to eat OR if I am chopping carrots. They love carrots
June 11, 2009, 9:36 am

Allison McClendon
Thanks for this recipe--it looks fabulous! Perfect for summer. :-) Thanks for all you do!
June 11, 2009, 11:09 am

Susan Trimpe
Fish tacos are my favorite! I always order them at restaurants. It's niceto see a recipe that doesn't fry the fish.
June 11, 2009, 1:07 pm

Lin Paulson
We've been collecting fish taco/tortilla recipes. This looks like the best one yet. Can't wait to try it.
June 11, 2009, 4:42 pm

Mindy Elbaum
I made these and the Caribbean Lime Halibut. It was amazing...absolutely restaurant worthy! I wish I had leftovers for today!
June 12, 2009, 7:21 am

Rona Sass
Our dog likes to lay down in the middle of the kitchen so that we end up stepping over her to go from the stove to the sink and back. She knows that sometimes we drop food, I guess.
June 13, 2009, 7:28 pm

September 5, 2009, 7:46 pm

Ellie D
WOW! These tacos are fabulous. We'll definitely make them again.
January 25, 2010, 9:13 pm

Pamela H
I love fish tacos -these are fantastic! Thank you so much!!
January 31, 2010, 6:18 am

Do my pets interrupt cooking?! I have greyhounds, and they interrupt EVERYTHING! And I wouldnt have it any other way... :-) p.s. I love fish tacos too! Your sauce sounds yummy!
May 19, 2010, 7:41 pm

Becca Knox
I am going to try making the sauce using plain coconut yogurt (dairy-free)and see how that goes. Sounds delish!
May 19, 2010, 9:10 pm

Yvonne B
So, Ward is your dog?
May 20, 2010, 12:40 pm

Anna Barresi
The Caribean Lime Halibut is one of the few recipes that I have not tried. I'm not sure where to get clean halibut or cod. I've read that Atlantic-caught varieties are not always so healthy.
May 23, 2010, 2:21 pm

Cynthia Lair
Anna, I would suggest perusing the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch information. They give the most up-to-date information on safe, sustainable fish to purchase.
May 23, 2010, 3:41 pm

Matt Swanson
I was wondering how long you think the creamy cilantro sauce will keep in the fridge? I want to make a bigger batch and hang onto it, since I like to put in on EVERYTHING now.
May 26, 2010, 12:31 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Matt, It depends on how often you open and get into your jar of creamy cilantro sauce, but I find it keeps for a week or two at my house. With the mayo it lasts longer. With the yogurt it keeps until the yogurt begins to separate.
May 26, 2010, 4:43 pm

Juliana Elton
My dogs always love to help me cook, there are always bits falling on the floor that no one else wants to pick up. I made these with Mahi Mahi from our surfin seafood delivery, it is two moms that try to find sustainable great seafood and deliver it around the Seattle area. They were great!
June 6, 2010, 10:04 am

Trip Edgerton
I made this tonight with cod and low fat yogurt. It was splendid, as good as the best I've had in a restaurant. Next time I may try it with salmon.
June 26, 2010, 9:37 pm

Janet Daniel
I would love to try your fish taco recipes with the cilantro sauce. What ingredients do I substitute to make it glueten free? Thanks! Janet
January 5, 2011, 12:32 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Janet, This recipe IS gluten-free, as long as you use corn tortillas and not tortillas made with wheat.
January 5, 2011, 2:39 pm

Judy Coloma
I made these with catfish and tilapia,oh so good. I will make these again.
January 19, 2011, 1:10 pm

Becky Germain
So, I've made this recipe with halibut several times for friends - always a hit. I usually do 1/2 mayonnaise and 1/2 low fat yogurt for the sauce, which makes it both tangy and creamy. Tomorrow night a friend is making tacos for us with hooligan - an especially tender (some would say oily) little Alaskan fish... My taste buds are dancing already! Thanks for starting this Cynthia.
March 1, 2011, 10:51 pm

Have made these several times and always a hit! I have been adding avocado to my sauce and it turns out especially creamy and delicious! Thanks for this fabulous recipe that has become a staple in my meal list.
March 23, 2011, 4:37 pm

Carrie Kitze
Heat corn tortillas directly on a gas burner, flipping with tongs (or your fingers if they are particularly tough) No need for butter or oil.
June 30, 2011, 2:42 pm

Kelly Merta
Great recipe!
June 6, 2012, 1:17 pm

Tracy Pegg
So my dog started freaking out after hearing the video. She heard the dog and thought she was missing out on somethin!. Too funny!
June 6, 2012, 8:06 pm

sally james
my dog, Bella, interrupts me by asking - Could you put more meat in and then accidentally spill it all over the floor?
June 11, 2012, 11:47 am

Kelly Keith
This has become one of my favorite recipes. Love everything about it.
January 4, 2013, 7:53 pm

Jamie S
Wow! The sauce really makes these tacos taste amazing! I'll be making these again for sure!
August 11, 2013, 9:40 pm

Susanna Brooks
I made these Saturday night. I substituted Veganaise for the yogurt and topped that with homemade salsa. WOW, those were best fish tacos I have had.
January 13, 2014, 1:48 pm

Robin Asselin
I love this recipe! It has been my go to for fish tacos for years now! We usually cook the fish on a wet cedar plank on the grill for a nice smoky flavor!
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