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Southwestern Fish Tacos Recipe

Southwestern Fish Tacos Recipe

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. YIELD:2 servings


  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 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 or vegetable oil
  • 4 taco shells
  • Optional toppings: shredded lettuce or cabbage, chopped tomatoes, lime juice and salsa


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Health Tip: A simple switch to reduced-fat mayo and sour cream in the sauce saves more than 100 calories and 10g fat per serving.

Nutritional Facts

2 tacos: 506 calories, 38g fat (8g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 852mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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Lady Fingers
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2017

"This is a lovely recipe, quick to make and full of fresh flavors. I used warmed corn tortillas instead of hard taco shells, and chose red snapper for the fish. Be a bit sparing with the creamy sauce, and top with shredded lettuce and really hot hot-sauce for a true San Diego style experience!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

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

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"This is a great light snack!"

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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