Fish Tacos

Pan-Fried Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Mayo
Photo: © Kristen Stevens

These delicious fish tacos include spicy shrimp tostadas, crispy Reuben-inspired hybrids and more.

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Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw

Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw
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Fish tacos are a staple among California surfers but are often beer-battered and fried. Kerry Simon’s healthier, grilled version enriches the guacamole with low-fat sour cream.

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Fish Tacos with Tomatillo-Jalapeño Salsa

Fish Tacos with Tomatillo-Jalapeño Salsa

For her light and satisfying tacos, chef Deborah Schneider fills warm corn tortillas with meaty charred halibut and aguachiles, a brilliant, spicy, tart salsa.

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Crispy Fried-Fish Tacos

Crispy Fried-Fish Tacos
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Chef Tomas Lee flavors panko-breaded fried-fish tacos with hoisin mayonnaise.

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Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas

Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas
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To create this Southwestern-inspired dish, Melissa Rubel Jacobson tosses shrimp with chipotle chile powder (made from dried, smoked jalapeños), grills them, then layers them on top of crunchy fried corn tortillas and crisp, citrusy slaw.

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Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

These tacos are a great way to eat heart-healthy salmon; Deborah Schneider, a huge advocate of cooking with sustainable fish, prefers wild Alaskan salmon. She tops the fish with crunchy cabbage—a traditional taco garnish that has all kinds of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and C and calcium. The tangy apple-cucumber salsa is juicy, crisp and full of fiber.

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Fried-Fish Reuben Tacos

Fried-Fish Reuben Tacos

For this Reuben-sandwich/fish-taco hybrid, fried flounder gets wrapped in a homemade flour tortilla with Jarlsberg cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing.

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Tequila-Flamed Shrimp Tostadas

Tequila-Flamed Shrimp Tostadas

“I created this dish late one night when I was hungry and tired of my menu,” Sue Torres says. “The tequila adds a little smokiness to the shrimp, and I liked the great textural difference between the creamy avocado and the crispy tostada.”

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Tuna Tacos with Onions

Tuna Tacos with Onions

To accompany his fresh tuna tacos, chef Aarón Sanchez makes a quick, vinegary, supercrunchy red-onion pickle. It’s lovely with the warm, soft tortillas. To bump up the flavors of the tacos even more, he also adds a dash of hot sauce and a healthy squirt of fresh lime juice.

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Shrimp Tacos with Pickled-Red-Onion Salad

Shrimp Tacos with Pickled-Red-Onion Salad

These spicy shrimp tacos are one of chef Dean Fearing’s signature dishes. “To me, anything wrapped in a flour tortilla is absolutely delicious,” he says.

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Spiced Crab Tacos

Spiced Crab Tacos
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Chef Michael Psilakis’s bright, fresh crab tacos incorporate traditional Latin ingredients and a hit of Asian chile sauce. Cooked shrimp would be great here as well.

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Dry-Rubbed Salmon Tacos with Tomatillo-Avocado Slaw

Day 5: Dry-Rubbed Salmon Tacos with Tomatillo-Avocado Slaw
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For maximum flavor in minimal time, chef Jeff Smith opts for spice rubs over marinades. After experimenting with spice blends for heartier fish, he discovered that a big pinch of ground coffee lends earthiness to the rub.

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Shrimp with Green Chiles and Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce

Shrimp with Green Chiles and Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce

These make-your-own tacos from Andrew Zimmern are deliciously spicy, tangy, sweet and garlicky.

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Grilled-Fish Tacos

Grilled-Fish Tacos
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Set out the components of this dish separately so your guests can assemble their own tacos.

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Seared Fish Tacos with Cabbage-Scallion Slaw

Seared Fish Tacos with Cabbage-Scallion Slaw

The sweet and tangy slaw in these ridiculously fast tacos tastes amazing with simply seared, crispy chunks of fish.

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Tilapia Tacos

Tilapia Tacos

These classic fish tacos are loaded with a tangy cabbage slaw and chunks of tender tilapia, making them incredibly fast both to make and eat.

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

This supereasy mango salsa gets spiked with lime juice and hot sauce.

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Healthy Tilapia Tacos with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

Healthy Tilapia Tacos with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

Top these light and fresh tacos with a bright, tangy and creamy cucumber sauce for a fast and healthful meal.

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Striped Bass Fish Tacos with Heirloom Tomato Salsa and Avocado

Striped Bass Fish Tacos with Heirloom Tomato Salsa and Avocado

Made with a fresh heirloom tomato salsa, these fish tacos are the perfect summer dish.

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Pan-Fried Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Mayo

Pan-Fried Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Mayo
© Kristen Stevens

An easy chipotle mayo pumps up the flavor volume of these fast-fix pan-fried fish tacos.

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