Southwestern Fish Tacos Recipe
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Southwestern Fish Tacos Recipe

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These tacos, native to Southern California, are a real treat. This recipe has been on my family's most requested list for years.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 pound cod, haddock, or orange roughy fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 taco shells
  • Shredded lettuce, shredded cabbage, chopped tomatoes, lime juice or salsa, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 340 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 963mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 1 fat


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro and 2 teaspoons taco seasoning; set aside. In another bowl, combine the lemon juice and remaining taco seasoning. Add fish; toss to coat. In a small skillet, cook fish over medium-high heat in oil about 6 minutes. (Fish will break apart as it cooks.) Fill taco shells with fish mixture. Serve with toppings of your choice. Serve with sour cream mixture. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Fish Tacos in Cooking for One or Two Cookbook 2003, p213

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"Very good"

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

"My husband liked these, I thought they were just OK. Still looking for that WOW factor in a recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"YUM! Had 10 relatives over for a reunion and decided to try a TOH recipe for the first time. Because these recipes are tested and reviewed by other readers, I felt confident trying this one out. Delicious!! I have never made fish tacos before and this was a hit. Will make again for sure. Thanks for a great dinner, and rave reviews from my family. :)"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"Delicious! He sauce makes this dish. I use tilapia and garnish with tomatoes, lettuce, black beans and corn...and plenty of the sauce. I've already made it a couple times and will be making it again soon."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"I appreciated the simplicity of this recipe. As a beginner cook, it was wonderful to put such a beautiful meal together so quickly!

However, I wasn't a huge fan of the sour cream + taco seasoning sauce. Not quite right. I'd like to figure out another way to make a seasoned sour cream topping."

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