Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw


These Fish Tacos are so good even seafood haters might actually find themselves loving them. The marinade, the fish taco slaw, and the fresh avocado slices create a flavor combination that cannot be beat.

Three Fish Tacos topped with slaw, avocados, and sauce

Since it was a perfect 63 degrees outside today (in the middle of winter) I decided what better than to get outside, fake like it’s summer and grill up some fish tacos?

Because isn’t that what we all do when the temperature start to rise? We come out of hibernation and do all those summery things.


My Rocky Relationship with Fish Tacos

I’ve actually never really been one to order fish tacos at restaurants but I’m trying to expand my seafood horizons. Widen my not-so-wide palate a little more.

I usually just stick with salmon and some crab on occasion, but I’m trying to get into the whole seafood thing. But only baby steps. Why force yourself to like something, right?

It’s just a textural thing for me. I wasn’t raised eating much seafood so it’s almost new to me. I think if it’s flavored right though I can really learn to love some of it. I don’t want to eat something that tastes like it swam right out of the ocean onto my plate. Not my thing. Which is why I like these fish tacos.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw on Platter

Fish Tacos Even a Seafood Hater Can Love

Read on for how to make fish tacos so good that even seafood haters might actually find themselves loving them. The marinade, the fish taco slaw and a fair amount of fresh avocado slices just give these all the right flavors, plus they really just drowned out any fishiness.

But if you insist on no fish, you just can’t bring yourself to do it, these would also be good with chicken.

How to Make Fish Tacos Even Seafood Haters will Love

Hand me an ice cold glass of fresh limeade to help finish these grilled fish tacos off and it practically is summer for me today!

Now if only I were lying on a cushioned lounge chair on a tropical beach somewhere. Meh, who needs that when you’ve got these fish tacos?

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw

5 from 1 vote

These fish tacos are deliciously flavorful and so easy to make! These are much healthier than a fried version and they're perfect for summer. And you'll love that crisp, zesty cabbage topping on these. During the winter just grilled the fish in a grill pan indoors for a similar result.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: cabbage slaw, fish tacos
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 560 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1 lb Tilapia , cod or mahi mahi fillets
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/8 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)


  • 1/2 small red cabbage, cored and sliced thin (8 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (run under cool water and drain to remove harsh bite. 1/2 small red onion)
  • 1 1/2 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 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper). 
  2. 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).
  3. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.

  4. Brush grill grates with oil and place fish on grill.
  5. Grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (cook time will vary based on thickness of fish).

  6. Transfer to a plate, break into pieces and serve in warmed taco shells with cabbage slaw, avocado slices and other optional toppings.

For the cabbage slaw

  1. Add cabbage, red onion and cilantro to a medium mixing bowl. 
  2. Pour lime juice and canola oil over top and season lightly with salt and pepper, toss to evenly coat.

  3. Recipe source: inspired by Chow
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 560 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Potassium 1302mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 8g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 47.4%
Vitamin C 114.6%
Calcium 14.2%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • THE HUNGRY MUM: wish I was having this for dinner tonight, looks fresh and fab. February 22, 2015 at 10:55pm Reply

  • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker: Uh! This looks soo good! Love all the pretty colours! February 22, 2015 at 6:13pm Reply

  • Stephanie: mmm! these look great! I love fish tacos! I remember the first time I had a fish taco at a little seafood shack on the pacific coast highway and I was blown away. I didn’t know what I was missing until that moment! February 22, 2015 at 5:29pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I loooove fish tacos! These look amazing and make me want to whip up a batch. February 22, 2015 at 6:35am Reply

  • Paul: They look delicious. The vibrant colours make them even more appealing February 22, 2015 at 6:13am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Fish tacos are my fave, these look killer with that cabbage slaw! February 21, 2015 at 11:10pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss: 63 degrees sounds like a dream come true, it’s been bitterly cold here in New Jersey all week and I’m quite done with winter. Sign me up for some tacos and limeade, these look beautiful! February 21, 2015 at 9:31pm Reply

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat: These tacos are gorgeous! I love the colors in here! February 21, 2015 at 7:14pm Reply

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