Fish Tacos with Lime Cilantro Crema




I love fish tacos, and whenever I eat out and fish tacos are on the menu, I get them. But I have never fixed them at home. This recipe changed that because they were so simple and delicious, I can make them any time.

Copyright 2015 Barbara Stein. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2015 Barbara Stein. All rights reserved.

I love cilantro and definitely added the full quarter cup to the Lime Crema. The sauce really made this dish special even though it was so simple to throw together. We topped our fish with the sauce and shredded red cabbage and enjoyed some spicy Peppercorn on the side. I was unable to get red snapper in Columbus, Ohio, which I figured would be the case, so I subbed catfish, which is an equally mild and medium-firm fish. It was great and cheap and available.

Fish Tacos


1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
3 T. mayonnaise
3 T. sour cream
1 t. grated lime rind (I did not use this)
1 1/2 t. fresh lime juice
1/4 t. salt
1 garlic clove, minced


1 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. smoked paprika
1/4 t. ground red pepper
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t. garlic powder
1 1/2 pounds red snapper fillets (or catfish or another mild, white, medium-firm fish)
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cabbage

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Preheat oven to 425°.

To prepare crema, combine crema ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

To prepare tacos, combine spices in a small bowl; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of fish.

Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 9 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Place fish in a bowl; break into pieces with a fork. Heat tortillas according to package directions. Divide fish evenly among tortillas; top each with 1/4 cup cabbage and 1 tablespoon crema.

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Copyright 2015 Barbara Stein.
Photo copyright 2015 Barbara Stein. All rights reserved.


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  1. This looks delicious! I also frequently order fish tacos when I see them on restaurant menus. I never thought of trying to make them myself, but I will give it a try now. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Hi Marie, thanks for suggesting that we add a “print this recipe” feature. That would be very useful! In the meantime, if you use a PC, you can highlight the recipe on your screen, then right-click and choose PRINT and it will print the text you selected. It might not come out super-pretty, but you’ll have your recipe 🙂

      Maybe someone who uses a Mac would be able to chime in here and explain how to do this on Mac.

      Hope this helps–and I hope you enjoy this recipe and our other Meatless Friday recipes!

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