Tilapia Fish Tacos

These tilapia fish tacos are similar to the type of tacos you can buy at taco trucks. Simple and full of flavor.

Tilapia Fish Tacos
Tilapia Fish Tacos with blackened seasoning and onion-jalapeno topping

Tilapia Tacos

Blackened then pan-seared tilapia with a creamy onion and jalapeno topping.

These tacos are completely satisfy that I doubt that you’ll miss the traditional tomatoes, lettuce, or sour cream toppings on your taco. 

These tilapia filets are seared to perfection in 6 minutes. That’s right, six, as in cinco (I mean seis! Mom & Dad, aren’t you proud of my Spanish skills 😉 !). 


Tilapia Fish Tacos
The addition of brown sugar will give the fish a carmel colored glaze
Tilapia Fish Tacos
Tilapia cook quickly!

Tilapia Fish Tacos

Simple tilapia tacos blackened and topped with an onion topping similar to the way taco trucks serve fish tacos.
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Course: Entree
Keyword: dinner, fish, seafood
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream if you prefer
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup white onion thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds 4-6 tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Sliced Avocado optional
  • Lime slices optional


  • Combine yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeño in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt – jalapeño sauce with the thinly sliced onion and set aside.
  • Combine the paprika through the ground red pepper and sprinkle over fish, gently pat seasoning onto fish. Heat oil in a large skillet (I used cast-iron) over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan, cook three minutes on each side.
  • Warm tortillas and assemble tacos with fish, jalapeño sauce, and avocado if desired. Drizzle top with juice of a lime slice


Serving: 1g | Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g


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Cilantro OnionTilapia Fish Tacos
Delicious combination of cilantro, onion, jalapeño to add to your taco

Prepare the fish, warm the tortillas, and assemble the tacos!

Take at least another six (seis!) minutes to eat them, won’t you?! 🙂

Tilapia Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are a favorite in our house!
Tilapia Fish Tacos

I love cooking Tilapia. The fish is firm and has a mild taste, which is easy to adapt to any combination of flavors.

Looking for more ways to cook tilapia? Try this Mediterranean Tilapia dish from Sandi at A New York Foodie.

Hugs Sandra Signature

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