Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cream

I decided I was going to do a Throwback Thursday post this week and, when I realized my kids were coming over, I knew exactly what I wanted to remake.

With all of us, well most of us, being from Southern California, we crave fish tacos all of the time. The kids found a little taco truck where they are able to satiate most of their Mexican food cravings. minus one.


Fish tacos are a must have for most Southern Californian. So Cal and fish tacos go together like

Bacon and eggs.

Peanut butter and jelly.

Hot dogs and baseball.

America and apple pie..

Uh, OK, I am getting a bit carried away here. But I think you can see how much we love our fish tacos.

Of course another reason that I wanted to remake the tacos get a better picture. I mean the last one



Just look.... 


I mean really? These tacos are so good and that picture is sooooo bad. Even the kids, who support everything I do, said "Mom that picture needs to go". OK, OK, I will do it!!

Yes, the photo is bad, but personally I think they were just looking for a reason to make me make them fish tacos again. What they didn't realize was, I wanted to make again anyway.

But let's let them think it was their idea OK? Sshhhhh it is our secret.

So we sat down to a wonderful meal of Frijoles Mexicanos (Mexican Beans) and Grilled Fish Tacos. Oh and some ice cold Corona, I mean what else would you drink, and the kids thought they had it all under control.

I don't mind.

Good food + wonderful company = a fabulous evening every time!!

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cream

For the fish you will need:
1 heaping tablespoon ground cumin
a good pinch of coarse salt
1 heaping tablespoon ground coriander
1 heaping tablespoon chili powder (preferably a Mexican chili powder if you can find it)
4 - 6 oz firm white fish fillets (I used halibut but cod can be used as well)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil ( a couple turns around the pan)
12 corn tortillas
6 oz Queso Fresco cheese or Cotija crumbled (or as much as you like, we like LOTS of cheese here)
shredded cabbage ( I used cabbage for coleslaw with the carrots but you can buy a small green cabbage and slice it thinly)
2 vine ripened tomatoes, diced

For the sauce:
1/3 cup low fat mayo
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
coarse salt to taste
2 oz canned diced green chiles
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
(to reduce calories you can use light mayo and sour cream)

Into a food processor place the mayo, yogurt, lime juice, and cumin, puree. Once the sauce is smooth add the cilantro leaves and blend until combined. Set aside.

Set oven on the lowest setting and wrap the corn tortillas in foil. Place them in the oven

Remove fish from the refrigerator and pat dry on both sides. In a bowl combine the cumin, salt, coriander, and chili powder. Rub the spice mixture on both sides of the fish making sure to coat evenly.

Heat a large skillet or grill pan over high heat. Add the fish and cook on both sides until the fish is opaque approx 3 to 4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish fillet.

Remove fish to a platter or plate and flake it into nice large "planks" of meat.

Remove tortillas from the oven and fill them with the fish, cabbage, sauce, cheese, and tomatoes.


Makes 12 tacos


  1. I don't eat seafood & fish tacos definitely are not big up here in MA at all, but I bet chicken would substitute nicely in these. The sauce sounds heavenly!

  2. I love fish tacos. I am going to try your recipe soon, plus nothing can have too much cheese. :) Yum!

  3. We just last night went out for tacos. My Hubs ordered fish and they brought him chicken. Instead of sending it back, he just ate it. I want to surprise him and make some fish tacos.

  4. Something about the idea of fish tacos freak me out, but my hubby is always asking me to make them. Now that I have a recipe that looks good, I will have to give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Trust me, I was the same way. It took me a while to come around to the idea, but now I adore them!!

  5. I've never tried fish tacos but these look delish!

  6. Oh wow this looks delicious - I could tuck right in now I think yum! x

  7. Wow, this looks delicious! I Could totally chow down on those grilled fish tacos!

  8. My husband loves fish tacos, I have never made them myself! I really like the spice and herb combo you used! I should really try your recipe, so far recipes from you never disappointed me :)

  9. Mmmm those look fantastic! Great recipe Bobbi :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  10. This picture does look better, but the other one looked good too, lol!! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

  11. The only fish I will go near is Tilapia or maybe flounder----and honestly I could live very nicely without fish for the rest of my life (this does not include shrimp, lobster, mussels,etc.). That sauce sounds very good and would probably be a good mix for the tilapia or flounder. Of course I live alone--so I would have to make a very small amount.

    1. I used to not be a very big fish lover until I moved to Washington state. But yes, tilapia would be a great substitute!

  12. These look amazing! I'm sure everyone in my house will love them! Thank you for sharing!

  13. This fish taco business has to be an American thing because whenever I cross the border I see it on menus. You likely won't find any here! :-) One of these days I promise I will try a fish taco. I just need to work myself up to it!

    1. Where do you live Anita? Fish tacos actually stated in Ensenada Mexico :)

  14. I love fish!! Ive never had a fish taco before and those look good!

  15. I am not a big fan of fish tacos but these look really good. The pic the second time around is awesome too.

  16. Fish tacos are sooo yummy! :) I think photos are all about lighting, spacing, and background.. it's difficult to convey how DELICIOUS something is through pictures.

    1. It can be really tough. I am hoping to buy some natural light photo lamps to help and get an area set up that is just for photos.

  17. that cream looks the best! we've been eating fish "indian style" lately and my kids are sick of it. this may give my husband his fish fix and the kids still eat it!

  18. I never tried fish tacos, they look so yummy and make me hungry. You use so many types of cheese, I do not even familiar with, so I am noting to myself to try Cotija.

    Fan R @TeddyOutReady

  19. I should show this to my mom. She's a fish eater. Me, not so much xD

  20. Man I love Tacos .! They are so fun to make and even eat. Fish tacos are one of my fav's too, for summer it's light, fresh so tasty! Thanks for sharing