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Fish Tacos with an Easy Spicy Dipping Sauce

You can devour these tasty fish tacos with a spicy dipping sauce at any time of day and any day of the week.

Soft taco shells filled with fish, chopped veggies, and drizzled with spicy fish sauce with lime wedges on the side for serving.

Taco Tuesday? Why do you limit yourself? Tacos for DAYS is what I stand for. These spicy fish tacos are amazing every single day of the week.

In the summer, I love to cook these up and enjoy them outside on a picnic blanket with some tasty and sweet watermelon cooler. My mouth is watering just thinking about it now.

Tacos are amazing, and so are the sauces you can have with them! This spicy fish sauce is the best, you have got to include it – it’s creamy and has a kick to it from the hot sauce. These fish taco toppings add in benefits and vitamins that perfectly pair with the fish filets and the homemade taco sauce.

My family is a fan of halibut, mostly for the softness of the fish and usually, there are no bones involved for the kids. (safety). Also, we just love the taste of halibut, but you are welcome to use any kind of fish you might have on hand or one you like.

Four fish tacos all together with drizzled spicy sauce and lime wedges on the side.

Alright, now the fish sauce!

Smooth and a bit spicy, this sauce is perfect for fish tacos. It has spices like cumin, garlic powder, and sriracha hot sauce. The amount of sauce this recipe provides is enough for seven fish tacos. If you’re a lover of a lot of sauce on your tacos I recommend doubling the sauce recipe.

Key Ingredients

fish tacos ingredients with labels olive oil seasoning avocado halibut tortillas tomato mayonnaise spices sour cream lime water hot sauce and romaine lettuce.

Halibut or any other white fish.

Avocados ripen.

Tomatoes plum, on the vine or heirloom tomatoes will be easier to dice.

Romaine lettuce shredded.

Tortillas I use flour tortillas, but corn tortillas will work as well.

Along with those ingredients, you will need fish taco seasoning, olive oil, and water.

What do I need to make the spicy fish sauce?

  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • lime
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • sriracha

I can make this recipe over and over again, and it never gets old! It’s just that good and easy!

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Easy Fish Tacos with an Easy Spicy Dipping Sauce

Spicy Taco Sauce

Step 1: Prepare the fish sauce

Combine mayo, sour cream, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, and sriracha in a small bowl. Mix well.

spicy sauce in a white bowl with a spoon.

Preparing the Tacos

Step 1: Prepare the fish

In a bowl, coat the fish pieces with the olive oil, fish taco seasoning and water.

Step 2: Cook the fish

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add in the fish mixture and sear for 5-7 minutes, or until fully cooked through. Remove the fish from heat.

fish sauteing in a blue pan.

Step 3: Chop the veggies

Chop avocado, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce and layer them in the tortillas. Place the fish on top, fold the taco.

taco being put together with avocado tomato and lettuce in a tortilla on a cutting board.

Step 4: Garnish and enjoy

Drizzle that fish sauce on top. Enjoy!

a cutting board with a toasted tortilla and taco filling of seafood chopped veggies and a fish sauce on top.

Expert Tips

  • Use fresh halibut for the best flavor. You can also use other white fish like cod or tilapia.
  • Ensure the fish is evenly coated with the fish taco seasoning for consistent flavor in every bite.
  • Cook fish in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the skillet, which can lead to steaming instead of searing.
  • Heat the tortillas on a heated skillet for a couple of seconds before putting the tacos together.
  • Pre-make the fish taco sauce ahead of time for quick and easy serving once the seafood tacos are ready.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use frozen fish for this recipe?

While fresh fish is ideal, you can use frozen fish if thawed and patted dry thoroughly.

What kind of fish taco seasoning do I need?

Any premade seasoning blend is convenient and easy to grab at the grocery store. You can also make your own using paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

tacos with veggies and seafood filling on a white plate.

Other fish recipes you are sure to love:

Easy Salmon and Tomatoes baked in the oven are super easy to make!

One Pan Oven Baked Fish with Vegetables and Spices is a great recipe to make for the whole family.

Enjoy more seafood recipes

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tacos with seafood and vegetable filling on a white plate with limes and other ingredients around.

Fish Tacos with an Easy Spicy Dipping Sauce

You will be licking your fingers after this delicious meal. This recipe of fish tacos is super easy to make, it’s the best go-to recipe to please your family and guests.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: Fish, Meat Dishes, Mexican, Seafood
Allergy: Nut Free
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings7 tacos
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • lbs halibut, skinned & cubed
  • 32 g fish taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 7 small flour tortillas, corn tortillas work too
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, & chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 heart romaine lettuce, shredded

Taco Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • ½ lime, makes 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • tsp sriracha, or to taste

Instructions

Spicy Taco Sauce

  • First, prepare the fish sauce: Combine mayo, sour cream, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, and sriracha in a small bowl. Mix well.
    3 Tbsp mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp sour cream, ½ lime,, ½ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp garlic powder, 1½ tsp sriracha,
    spicy sauce in a white bowl with a spoon.

Preparing the Tacos

  • In a bowl, coat the fish pieces with the olive oil, fish taco seasoning and water.
    1½ lbs halibut,, 32 g fish taco seasoning, 2 Tbsp olive oil, ¼ cup water
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add in the fish mixture and sear for 5-7 minutes, or until fully cooked through. Remove the fish from heat.
    fish sauteing in a blue pan.
  • Chop avocado, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce and layer them in the tortillas. Place the fish on top, fold the taco.
    1 avocado,, 1 large tomato,, 1 heart romaine lettuce,, 7 small flour tortillas,
    taco being put together with avocado tomato and lettuce in a tortilla on a cutting board.
  • Drizzle that fish sauce on top.
    a cutting board with a toasted tortilla and taco filling of seafood chopped veggies and a fish sauce on top.

Notes

Heat tortillas on a hot skillet for a couple of seconds before putting the tacos together.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg
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