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10 Refreshing Fish Taco Recipes Perfect for Summer

Whenever I'm eating at a restaurant near the beach or water, fish tacos catch my eye. Whether they're deep frying the fish, grilling it, or pan frying it, fish tacos are always a flavorful taste of summer. Usually topped with a cabbage slaw and crema, fish tacos are a healthy and refreshing meal.

They are simple to make at home and there's no doubt your family will be impressed when you put them on the dinner table. Check out some of the best fish taco recipes below.

1. Crispy-Fried Fish Tacos

Panko crusted tilapia fillets are deep fried and served inside flour tortillas topped with hoisin mayonnaise, shredded cabbage, and fresh cilantro. An Asian spin on fish tacos is sure to be a satisfying meal.

Get the recipe here.

2. Grilled Fish Tacos

Skip the deep fryer and grill the adobo-rubbed mahi-mahi or halibut filets. Make sure your grill is very hot and drizzled with olive oil to prevent the fish from sticking.

Topping these fish tacos with a creamy and zesty coleslaw is the perfect blend of flavors.

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3. 30-Minute Fish Tacos

Not a lot of prep time or cook time to spare? Need to have dinner on the table in just a few minutes? Try out this 30 Minute fish taco recipe (any flaky white fish will do).

Along with the fish, you'll find these tacos topped with a spicy Sriracha cream, shredded cabbage, lettuce, and pico de gallo. Serve some Mexican rice and lime wedges on the side and you're set.

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4. Fish Tacos with Corn Slaw

One of my favorite ways to enjoy fish tacos is with a crunchy purple cabbage and corn slaw. It adds just the right amount of sweetness and it's pretty healthy, too. Cod filets are recommended, but you can use any flaky white fish.

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5. Blackened Fish Tacos with Pineapple-Cucumber Slaw


By marinating your tilapia filets in olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and a homemade spice rub, you're going to get nothing but amazing flavor. You can use any favorite spice rub recipe, but I like the one included. It's easy to mix together in a small bowl and contains a few ingredients like ancho chili powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika, ground cumin, and dried oregano.

These fish tacos are taken to the next level by adding an avocado crema and pineapple cucumber slaw on top, which makes these tacos seriously mouthwatering.

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6. Cornmeal Crusted Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

Tilapia filets are dredged in cornmeal and chili powder and then popped in the deep fryer until golden brown. The end result is crunchy fish that's perfect for fish tacos. The toppings are simple: a jalapeño and red cabbage slaw, fresh cilantro, and sour cream or greek yogurt crema all tucked in a white corn tortilla. It doesn't get better than this.

 Get the recipe here.

7. Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

To easily grill shrimp, first season them with olive oil, fresh lime juice, ground cumin, chili powder and garlic powder and thread them on wooden skewers. This prevents them from falling through the grill grates.

Place the grilled shrimp inside flour tortillas and top with the spicy homemade avocado salsa. I'd say a few batches of margaritas would go perfectly with these fish tacos.

 Get the recipe here.

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8. Baja Fish Tacos

Beer battered cod filets are the star of the show for these Baja fish tacos, which are so crispy and delicious. Warm the yellow or white corn tortillas before assembling with the cabbage slaw and chipotle sauce. This is a simple dish to make for guests or for a quick weeknight meal. You could totally use frozen beer battered cod fish fillets and cut down on total time these easy fish tacos will make it to your table. 

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9. Blackened Salmon Tacos with Jalapeño Lime Crema

This fish taco recipe makes Taco Tuesday truly the best night of the week! You have everything in a corn or flour tortilla you could ask for, blackened salmon, diced avocado, grilled corn, cotija cheese, and homemade jalapeño lime crema. Peruse a travel guide to Mexico and whip up a quick guacamole while you transport yourself with this fish taco recipe.

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10. Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

For a quick dish that both adults and kids will love, try out these shrimp tacos with mango salsa for dinner tonight. Spicy, sweet, and refreshing, you won't stop talking about how delicious these fish tacos are.

Try making the mango salsa ahead of time so you spend less time in the kitchen.

Get the recipe here.

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