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 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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lvalcani 238551
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"Very good"

ElisabethM 232398
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

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

JGa2595176 228487
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. :)"

HappyMomx6 156329
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."

Mrs_Lilley 152632
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."

Needsmusic 61878
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"We really liked this! We didn't put the sour cream/mayo stuff on it. Just did the lemon/taco seasoning fish as directed and then used a coleslaw mix (with no dressing) and fresh diced tomatoes on it. Paired it with yellow rice and black beans and also had fajita veggies which I liked with the fish as well (ate two different tacos - one with veggies, one without). Even my picky seven year old ate it although he ate it on a whole wheat hot dog roll."

smjrks 134616
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Easy to make, my family likes this recipe better than our favorite Mexican Restaurant."

ejt325 150680
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"This is a great light snack!"

jimeddie 134610
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"I love fish, but have trouble getting my wife to eat it. However when we tried this recipe with a southwestern twist, she liked it too.  It was simple and we will definitely make it again.  Thanks for sharing.

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