An easy and flavorful Tilapia Fish Tacos recipe that’s ready in only 20 minutes! Pan-seared and drizzled with a delicious chipotle lime sauce, these tacos are filled with flaky and tender tilapia and are perfect for weeknight meals.
Tilapia fish tacos are one of my go-to weeknight meals! Ready in only 20 minutes, they’re easy to make, super flavorful, filling, and healthy!
I’m a big fan of using using tilapia when making fish tacos because it has a very mild flavor compared to other fish. It’s perfect for using in tacos and pairing it with all my favorite toppings!
How to Make Tilapia Fish Tacos
First, pat the tilapia fillets with a paper towel on both sides to remove any excess moisture.
Then, season the fish on both sides with a mixture of ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
It may sound like a very simple mix of seasonings, but it compliments the fish beautifully and doesn’t overpower any of the flavors in the tacos. Trust me, these simple spices are totally enough and add a TON of flavor!
Next, pan-fry the fillets in a large hot skillet with a little olive oil. Tilapia fillets are typically on the thin side and the fish cooks very quickly, so about 3-5 minutes per side should do it!
Once the fish is cooked, transfer it to a plate and flake the fish with a fork into large bite-sized pieces. Serve it in tortillas with a drizzle of this chipotle lime sauce!
Don’t forget the sauce!
Though it may be tempting to skip making the chipotle lime sauce, don’t do it!
It takes the tacos to a whole new level and really completes the whole fish taco experience by adding a creamy and tangy element to every single bite.
And it’s super easy to make! Simply add some plain greek yogurt, a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, a little extra adobo sauce, lime juice, and salt to a blender. Blend until smooth and it’s ready to serve!
Tips, Substitutions, and Variations
- To add a little extra crunch, serve each taco with shredded cabbage, lettuce, or this easy jicama slaw.
- Don’t have tilapia? You can use cod, flounder, or sole instead.
- To make the chipotle lime sauce spicy, add an extra chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. The yogurt really tames the heat of the pepper, so you may need to add more if you like it hot!
- These tacos are great served in corn and flour tortillas! You can use your favorite store-bought tortillas or make your own using these corn tortilla or flour tortilla recipes.
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If you’ve been a long time reader of Isabel Eats, this recipe might look a little familiar! This recipe is an update from an old post that I published back in 2016. I’ve updated the photos, recipe instructions, and recipe to be as helpful as possible.