Healthy Fish Tacos Recipe

Craving Mexican food but don’t want to overindulge by making homemade beef burritos with countless calories and processed ingredients? Fish Tacos with little soft tortillas can be a great alternative, especially when served at home for family and friends on taco Tuesdays!

Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw

Yields: 6 tacos | Prep: 20 mins  | Cook: 8 mins


  • Tacos
  • 1 lb Tilapia, cod or mahi mahi fillets
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground paprika
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • Sour cream, cotija cheese, hot sauce or salsa, for serving (optional)
  • Slaw
  • ½ small red cabbage, cored and sliced thin (8 oz)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced red onion (run under cool water and drain to remove harsh bite. small red onion)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together canola oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne and season with salt and pepper to taste (about ½ tsp salt & ¼ tsp pepper). Place fish into a gallon size resealable bag and pour marinade over fish. Seal bag (move bag around to evenly coat fish with marinade) and allow to marinate in mixture 20 minutes (and no longer than 30 minutes).
  2. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush grill grates with oil and place fish on grill. Grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (cook time will vary based on thickness of fish). Transfer to a plate, break into pieces and serve in warmed taco shells with cabbage slaw, avocado slices and other optional toppings.
  3. For the red cabbage slaw:
  4. Add cabbage, red onion and cilantro to a medium mixing bowl. Pour lime juice and canola oil over top and season lightly with salt and pepper. Toss to evenly coat.

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Classy

Why Its Key to Go Soft with your Taco Shells

Now before you start whipping up those tacos, remember- stay soft. Soft shell tacos may seem nearly identical to their hard taco brothers, other than the added crunch factor, but hard taco shells are often made throwing soft shells and pan-frying them in oil  until they harden. This is, no bueno for your nutrition.

But just by choosing a soft taco shell–otherwise known as a cute little baby burrito tortilla, you can quickly knock back the amount of fat and calories in your tasty Mexican inspired meal. And not miss out on a minute of flavor.

Not to mention hard shell tacos tend to break and make more of a mess, so there’s less mess as an added bonus too!


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