Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fish Tacos in a Flash

When my husband and I lived in Phoenix as newlyweds 13 years ago, we developed a serious food crush on fish tacos. A Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill was a five-minute walk from our house, and we were regulars.

Last summer I bought a box of High Liner tortilla crusted tilapia at Costco, and when I tasted the chipotle and lime flavors of these yummy filets, I knew they'd be a delicious and super-easy way to achieve tasty, family-pleasing fish tacos at home. Yes, fish taco purists will raise their eyebrows at my Fish Tacos in a Flash. In a perfect world—which my kitchen on any given weeknight is decidedly not—fish tacos boast beer-battered chunks of mahi-mahi, shredded cabbage and avocado relish, and no shredded cheese. But just try serving a taco, fish or otherwise, in my house without shredded cheese. Go ahead. I dare you.

So here's my "recipe" for Fish Tacos in a Flash, so easy that you can crave fish tacos at 5:30 p.m. and have them on your table at 5:50 p.m. (Tip: I know from extensive personal experience that fish tacos go beautifully with Jackie's Ooh-Mama Margarita. Click here for the recipe!)

P.S. The tortilla crusted tilapia from Costco is also delicious chopped over a salad or between two toasted soft rolls with a dab of chipotle mayonnaise for an out-of-this-world fish sandwich.

Fish Tacos in a Flash

6 High Liner Tortilla Crusted Tilapia filets (or fish of your choice)
6 soft corn tortillas (flour tortillas are good too, just not as traditional)
2 green onions, diced (green and white parts)
1/2 can black beans
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cups shredded cabbage (or ice berg lettuce, in a pinch)
white sauce**
Fresh lime wedges

Bake filets per box instructions. Warm up tortillas per package instructions. Top each tortilla with a tilapia filet. Drizzle white sauce and garnish as desired. Squeeze a lime wedge over taco before eating. 

**To make an easy fish taco white sauce, stir together about 2 tbsp plain yogurt, 2 tbsp mayo (I am loving Kraft mayo with olive oil, which has 1/2 the fat and calories of regular mayo), a few dashes of hot sauce, and a few squeezes of fresh lime. 


  1. I barely even like fish, and I am totally adding this to my costco grocery list cuz I'm goin there tomorrow. Thx for tomorrow night's dinner idea!!!!!

  2. It's hard finding a way for kids to enjoy healthy seafood, however, these fish tacos are a great idea! Such a quick and fun recipe that the whole family will enjoy without having to slave over the stove for hours!

  3. We love these fish filets! I've been buying them for some time and just pairing them with black beans and maybe rice or something, but what a great idea! I've been on a quest to simplify dinners (3 year old, another on the way and self employed) and this is a great way to eliminate a dirty dish and makes this meal feel a bit more home-cooked. I will totally be doing this!