Tilapia Fish Tacos

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This Tilapia Fish Taco recipe is similar to the type of tacos you can buy at taco trucks. They’re simple. Assembled without a lot of extra fillings, but loaded with tons of flavor.

Tilapia Fish Tacos

Tilapia Fish Tacos with blackened seasoning and onion-jalapeno topping

Blackened then pan-seared with a creamy onion and jalapeno topping, and so completely satisfying, 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 😉 !).  LOL

Tilapia Fish Tacos

The addition of brown sugar will give the fish a carmel colored glaze

Tilapia Fish Tacos

Tilapia cook quickly!

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • ¼ 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
  • 1½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1½ pounds (4-6) tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Sliced Avocado (optional)
  • Lime slices (optional)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Warm tortillas and assemble tacos with fish, jalapeño sauce, and avocado if desired. Drizzle top with juice of a lime slice

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, February 2011

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.

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6 Comments on Tilapia Fish Tacos

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    July 13, 2013

    Oh wow, I love fish tacos and these look AWESOME! I’m pinning to try soon for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

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    July 13, 2013

    I love that little marinade you did with your onions. Very unique. Have a super weekend. Take care, BAM

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      Sandra says:
      July 13, 2013

      Thank you, Bam! Have a wonderful weekend too 🙂

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    August 4, 2013

    Pinned! OMG I love fish tacos!! I had blackened mahi tacos not long ago in Asheville and these are perfect because tilapia is so readily available (and affordable!) Simple. Delicious.

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