You can’t go wrong with some fresh fish tacos! There are so many delicious options for fish tacos it’s hard to choose. Finding the right fish and what you want to pair with them can be daunting, so I've collected some ideas for you!
The great thing about fish tacos is that you can change them to fit any dietary needs or tweak them with the flavors you love. Choose the fish, tortilla and cooking method you want and then add all the sauces and toppings your heart desires.
There are endless tortillas on the market right now, the most popular ones being flour tortillas or corn. There’s also a large variety of alternative tortillas including almond flour, cassava flour, chickpea flour, and grain-free tortillas. A favorite in our house is corn and wheat tortillas. We like the flavor of corn tortillas but the wheat helps them hold together.
You can use your favorite fish! I have yet to come across a fish that doesn’t work when paired with the right toppings. Here are some ideas:
-White fleshed, flaky mild fish such as cod, snapper, mahi mahi, flounder or halibut.
-Salmon is another great choice and because of its strong flavor goes well with spicy rubs sauces and toppings that pack a punch.
-Farmed freshwater fish such as tilapia and catfish.
-In a pan. You can pan sear, pan-fry, or pan grill.
-In an air fryer: this gives you a healthy juicy crunch.
-In the oven: though this method is the longest, it’s a great way to allow yourself time to work on the toppings and sides.
-On the grill: If you have the time and the weather is on your side you can’t go wrong here!
The general rule of thumb for cooking fish is at 400-450 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes per inch of fish.
My Crispy Fish Taco recipe is made with flaky white fish, can be made in the air fryer or the oven and is done in less than 30 minutes for a quick, healthy and easy meal everyone will love. Serve on warm tortillas and a side of Spanish rice.
Sauces for fish tacos
You can add your favorite flavors to every different kind of fish taco. To help you narrow it down I’ve got some great recipes for you to choose from. Most fish tacos come with mayo, yogurt or sour cream-based sauces mixed with spices and herbs.
Now, this is where the fun begins! Because the majority of fish used in fish tacos has a mild taste you can play around with your toppings. Here are some of my favorites!
- Mango or pineapple salsa (great for salmon)
- Coleslaw, shredded lettuce or shredded red cabbage slaw
- Pico de gallo or simple salsa of your choosing
- Cheese: cotija cheese, feta, goat, mixed cheese
- Sliced avocado or guacamole
- Tomatoes, red onion and peppers
- Chickpeas and beans
- Green onions, jalapenos, fresh cilantro or mint
- Don't forget a squeeze of fresh lime juice!
Tacos can make a meal on their own but you may want to add the perfect side dish. Here are some great options.
Let's not forget the drinks! I love pairing my fish tacos with a crisp glass of wine or a spicy margarita!