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My First Fish Tacos

by Spicie Foodie on September 16, 2011

recipe; fish; tacos; fish tacos; cabbage; salsa; pico de gallo; radish; Mexican; easy; low fat; healthy; avocado; cat fish; Mexican holidays; food; fish tacos recipe; Spicie FoodieToday, September 16th, is Mexican Independence Day. I’ve written about the history in previous post here as well as recently in a post for my Mexico On My Plate column. If you would like the history you can read any of those posts or read up on Wikipedia.

recipe; fish; tacos; fish tacos; cabbage; salsa; pico de gallo; radish; Mexican; easy; low fat; healthy; avocado; cat fish; Mexican holidays; food; fish tacos recipe; Spicie FoodieTo be honest growing up my family didn’t celebrate or do anything special for el dia de independencia. Had we been living in Mexico of course we would have joined all the fiestas and partaken in the food feasting. It is not a holiday I mention to my anglo husband or one I make too much of a big deal about. But still we’ll take any excuse to eat Mexican food. We’ve been eating Mexican food this whole week as our way of celebrating. One of the meals we ate were these fish tacos.

recipe; fish; tacos; fish tacos; cabbage; salsa; pico de gallo; radish; Mexican; easy; low fat; healthy; avocado; cat fish; Mexican holidays; food; fish tacos recipe; Spicie FoodieI didn’t grow up eating fish tacos. These were the first fish tacos I’ve ever eaten or cooked. My husband was the one who requested them and so I just winged it. If you research fish tacos you will come across battered and fried recipes. They sound great but I was looking for a hassle free meal that would take little time to prepare. My recipe really isn’t much of a recipe as it’s quite simple. Feel free to play around with the spices and adjust to your own taste. Let the fiesta begin!

Easy Fish Tacos For Two:
500 g or 1 lb fish fillets, cut into strips
1 lime, juiced
handful chopped cilantro
salt to taste
pinch ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tbsp olive oil
corn tortillas

Toppings:
Pico de Gallo salsa
shredded cabbage
radish, sliced
avocado, sliced
finely chopped cilantro
finely chopped onion
extra lime
jalapenos or hot sauce

1. Heat the oil then saute the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the fish strips and season, allow to cook for 3 minutes. Pour the lime juice into the pan and continue cooking until fish is firm, about 10 minutes.

recipe; fish; tacos; fish tacos; cabbage; salsa; pico de gallo; radish; Mexican; easy; low fat; healthy; avocado; cat fish; Mexican holidays; food; fish tacos recipe; Spicie FoodieTo serve:
If you have the luxury of having extra or plenty corn tortillas layer two together, place some of the cooked fish. Top using any of the suggested toppings and serve.

Here are a few other suggestions if you feel like joining in the celebration, or just need an excuse to eat Mexican food.

Micheladas recipe Ice Cold Micheladas

Chorizo Stuffed Peppers Chorizo Stuffed Peppers

Tacos Al Pastor Tacos Al Pastor

Mexican Picadillo Picadillo

The full archive of my Mexican recipes can be found here on Spicie Foodie or a small archive on Honest Cooking.

Other Fish Taco Recipes:
Travel Tuesday: fish tacos, Hotel California style by Mardi – eat.live.travel.write

in Fish/Seafood,Gluten Free,Mexican,Tacos

{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Oh Happy Independence Day! I am actually making fish tacos this weekend to try to recreate some that we ate at Hotel California in Todos Santos :) Yours look amazing though, perhaps I will just link to these :)

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2 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Hola Mardi, Oh I want to see your recipe so please share:) Thank you!

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3 Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 20, 2011 at 9:17 PM
4 Spicie Foodie September 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Hi Mardi, Your tacos look so delicious. The hotel is just gorgeous as are your photos. Thanks for the link and I’ve also added a link back to you:)

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5 Ridwan September 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM

these fish taco sound delicious,and i love you add sliced avocado on these taco,,YUM,,YUM,,,great photography too buzzed ya :)

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6 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Thank you Ridwan! I do love avocado .

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7 claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine September 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

We love fish taco’s these look fresh and delicious!

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8 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Thank you Claudia!

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9 Beth Michelle September 16, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I love fish tacos and yours just look delicious!!! Beautiful photos

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10 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Thank you Beth and glad to hear you love them too:)!

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11 Emily Malloy @Cleanliness September 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

There is nothing more on this earth that I adore than fish tacos.

Your first is total perfection!

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12 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Thank you Emily:)!

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13 Shari September 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM

all I can say is YUM!!! When do we eat!!!

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14 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Hehe, come on over:)

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15 Edible Potential September 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Happy Independence Day! Your pictures are very inviting :)

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16 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Thank you!

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17 Ramona September 16, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Happy Independence Day to you! : ) I made fish tacos for the first time recently too. I broiled cod instead of battering it and frying. Anything to make it a little healthier so I can eat two. : ) These look fantastic. I love the Pico de Gallo salsa and avocado with the taco. Yum!!

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18 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Hi Ramona, Thank you. Oh broiled sounds like a great idea, I will try that next time!

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19 Lynds @ Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops September 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Happy Independence Day! These look so good! I’m definitely bookmarking these to try in the next week! Can’t wait : )

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20 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Thank you Lynds:)!

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21 Tina@flourtrader September 16, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Great way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day! Fish tacos are something I order everytime I find it on the menu because fresh fish in the grocers is hard to find here. Love all the fresh veggies you put in those tacos-yum!

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22 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Thank you Tina :)!

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23 RavieNomNoms September 16, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Yummy fish tacos!! I love fish tacos they are so amazing.

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24 Spicie Foodie September 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Thanks!

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25 Hester aka The Chef Doc September 16, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I’m a huge fan of fish tacos! They’re an incredibly healthy and tasty dish. Well, healthy because I always eat un-fried ones. I’m a huge fan of sprinkling lots of different spices on my dry fish and then pan-searing them on the stove! I like using paprika, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc. It just adds soooo much pop to the fish! I hope you enjoyed your first fish tacos :-) Buen fin de semana!

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26 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Gracias Hester:) That sounds so delicious and I will try your spice combination next time.

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27 Michelle chin September 16, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Yesterday was malaysia day. :)

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28 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Happy Malaysia Day!!

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29 Magic of Spice September 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Happy Independence Day Nancy! These look fantastic…you did a wonderful job :)
Hugs

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30 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Thank you Alisha:) Hugs back and I hope you are doing well.

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31 Vicki @ WITK September 17, 2011 at 12:02 AM

I would also take any excuse to eat mexican food, it’s so delicious! Great looking tacos, love your pictures!

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32 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Thank you Vicki:)

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33 Sandra September 17, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Fiesta!!!!

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34 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Si, si fiesta time:)!

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35 Shirley September 17, 2011 at 12:26 AM

I’ve never tried fish tacos. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend Nancy!

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36 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Hi Shirley, you should they are quite tasty! You too have a great weekend:)

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37 Tony September 17, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Awesome and very lovely pictures.. I love anything to do with Fish :-)

PS: Unrelated.. Who designed this thesis skin? yourself or it was a premade skin? I am planning to buy thesis, but the default theme is so ugly :D

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38 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Thank you Tony:)! I designed it, just by tweaking the defult Thesis skin until I got it to look like I wanted. Good luck! BTW the Thesis forums are a great help:)

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39 Tony September 17, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Forgot rate the posts :)

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40 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Thanks Tony!

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41 Christine September 17, 2011 at 2:43 AM

I love fish tacos and yours looks great. Great photos.

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42 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Thank you Christine and glad to hear you love fish tacos!

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43 Giulietta | Alterkitchen September 17, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Never made a fish taco, but it seems very yummy!! :)

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44 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Ciao Giulietta, They are yummy maybe you will get the chance sometime:)

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45 Patty September 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Great way to celebrate! I had fish tacos for lunch yesterday and yours look way more delicious!
I’ve never made fish tacos at home, maybe time to give them a try with your recipe, yum;-)
have a wonderful weekend Nancy!

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46 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Hi Patty, You should definitely try them, they taste great. Thanks you too have a great weekend:)

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47 Ann September 17, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Wow – those are seriously your first fish tacos? They look like they would come out of a restaurant kitchen…absolutely perfect! As always, your photos are a feast for the eyes!

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48 Spicie Foodie September 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Yep, they are. Aw thanks Ann:)

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49 Sandra's Easy Cooking September 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Wishing you Happy Independence Day!!! I know I am bit late but never too late haha
I adore your take on fish taco, very beautifully presented and of course mouthwatering pictures! Nicely done!!!

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50 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Thank you Sandra!

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51 Laura @ Family Spice September 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I love that the fish isn’t battered and deep fried – that’s what you find most of the time here in SoCal. I love fish tacos and this looks lovely.

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52 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Hi Laura, Yeah I needed a healthier way to prepare mine than deep friend. Thanks:)

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53 Vicki Bensinger September 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM

I love fish tacos however, no one in my family does so I have to eat them when we go out. Your’s look great and your photo is so vivid!

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54 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Oh that’s too bad but glad you can eat them at restaurants. I’ve never seen one here. Thanks:)

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55 Ruby September 18, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Great and healthy looking fish tacos! Am surprised you’ve never had them before, but I guess that’s a Mexican stereotype. I usually make fish tacos using leftover fish from fish ‘n chips, so the fish is breaded, but if making from scratch I prefer unbreaded, like yours. Happy Independence Day, btw. You’ve reminded me that we haven’t had Mexican food in ages – very strange for me since I usually cook it often. :-)

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56 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Hi Ruby, Thank you:) Hehe, yeah they are my first ones. My family didn’t live on the coast so perhaps that is why. That sounds like a great way of using up extra fish from fish ‘n chips, yummy!

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57 Chef Dennis September 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

i’m lovin’ those fish tacos and as always your images are amazing!
Congrats on a much deserved top 9 today1

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58 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hi Dennis, Thank you:)

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59 spiceblogger September 18, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I love love love fish tacos! The best I’ve had was just last month at a small cantina on Isla Mujeres. Ahhhhh…paradise. With fresh fish and perfectly prepared food. :)
You fish tacos look wonderful! What type of fish did you use? I have some basa fillet in my fridge, and I think fish tacos will be what we’re having for lunch today. :)

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60 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Oh that sounds so good! There is nothing like fresh caught fish. Thank you:)

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61 Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen September 18, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Nancy, these are spectacular. I’ve just had lunch but would find room for one of these gorgeous tacos. Your photos are beeeeeautiful. I love the blue background. It really sets off all the other colours.

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62 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Hi Hester, Aww that is so sweet of you:) There’s always room for Mexican in my (big) tummy:)

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63 kita September 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM

I tried out fish tacos recently, and my boyfriend just wasn’t having it! They were wonderful ( my first time too) but I’m pretty sure he won’t let me repeat that meal. Your’s look wonderful!

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64 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 1:16 PM

That’s too bad that he didn’t like them:( But I guess they aren’t for everyone, that’s okay Kita that means more for you:)

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65 mjskit September 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Every time I see Fish Tacos on a restaurant menu, I order them. They are one of my favorite meals! I make them a lot at home and like you – I prefer the hassle free kind. Your tacos look fantastic and I would definitely order them if I saw them on the menu!

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66 Spicie Foodie September 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Thank you and glad to hear you also love fish tacos!

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67 Dee Dee's Delights September 18, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Congrats on top 9! This looks so yummy!

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68 Christine September 18, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9.

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69 Spicie Foodie September 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Thanks and to you too:)!

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70 Peggy September 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Happy Independence Day to you Nancy! So glad you were able to enjoy your first ever fish tacos – it’s one of my favorite meals =)

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71 Spicie Foodie September 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Thank you Peggy:)!

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72 Katie @ BloomEveryday September 18, 2011 at 8:38 PM

My husbands adores fish tacos after trying them for the first time last summer. I think he would love these. Thanks for sharing!!

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73 Spicie Foodie September 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Hi Katie, These are so easy to make so you should give them a try. The best thing about these is that you can really adjust to your tastes. Thanks:)

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74 Kim - Liv Life September 19, 2011 at 1:38 AM

I’m a huge fish taco fan!! I love them just the way you did them, not fried and filled with all sorts of goodies. Simply perfect!

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75 Spicie Foodie September 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Thanks Kim:)!

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76 Maya September 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Am I late to the Independence Day fiesta? The days of feasting sound really good to me! To be honest, I’ve never eaten nor made fish tacos before but it seems simple enough to do and your photos make the tacos look so tempting. This will be on my To Try list, for sure!

Many congrats for making Top 9, Nancy!
Xoxo

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77 Spicie Foodie September 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

No Maya, Mexicans party for days :) Me too because there is always great food to go around. You should try them and add the Foodiva touch, bet they’d be great! Thanks sweetie:)

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78 Sunithi November 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Lovely ! Look yummy & GF too. Hooking this up to my GF cafe with a link. I use inlinkz so it connects directly to your post. One of my GF clients was asking for Fish Tacos & this is perfect ! Thanks !

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