Best Fish Tacos Recipe (30-Minute)

These Fish Tacos are so good that you’ll likely even find seafood haters loving them! You get deliciously seasoned, tender and flaky fish pieces layered over hearty corn tortillas along with the best tacos toppings, and it’s all finished with a rich and creamy fish tacos sauce. It’s such a flavorful recipe!

These are super easy to make and the end result is always sure to impress.

Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos Recipe

Summer isn’t complete with a night of fish tacos! The great thing about this recipe though is that it can be made year round. I’ve included instructions for grilling, baking or cooking the fish on the stovetop.

So you can always just do what’s most convenient for you. Or try all three and pick your favorite method (my personal favorite is grilled).

These fish tacos are the best! I’ve been using this recipe for years and it’s just a foolproof, all around delicious recipe for fish tacos. Usually I use talapia but this time I went with cod to switch things up.

Then feel free to swap out my toppings of choice with other favorites you may have (lettuce, tomatoes, mango salsa, corn, etc). You could even get crazy and double up on the seasonings if you want bold flavor. It’s tacos, we make them how we want!

Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos

How To Make Fish Tacos Recipe


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, or more to taste)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb tilapia*, cod, or mahi mahi

For Serving

  • 8 corn tortillas**, warmed
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup Cotija cheese (optional)

Fish Taco Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together vegetable oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne and season with salt and pepper to taste (about 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper).

  2. Place fish into a dish or gallon size resealable bag and pour marinade over fish (if using a bag seal bag and gently move bag around to evenly coat fish with marinade), allow to marinate in mixture 20 minutes (and no longer than 30 minutes).

Grilling Method

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush grill grates with oil and place fish on grill.

  2. Grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (cook time will vary based on thickness of fish).

Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Place fish on prepared baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 10 – 15 minutes (fish should flake easily with a fork).

Stovetop Method

  1. Heat a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle lightly with vegetable oil. Remove fish from marinade and cook in skillet about 3 – 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.

To Make the Sauce

  1. While the fish is cooking whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Season with salt to taste.

To Assemble Tacos

  1. Break fish into pieces, layer over warm tortillas. Top with cabbage, avocado, cilantro, cheese if using, and fish taco sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • *If using frozen begin with 1 1/4 lbs then thaw fully. I recommend using talapia that isn’t really thin, otherwise it can fall apart on the grill and cooks too quickly. The thicker fillets work better here.
  • **To cook tortillas I like to heat in just a little vegetable or olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown spots appear on each side, or carefully torch edges over a gas stove.
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