Grilled Fish Tacos

These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor…perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!

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These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor...perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!I remember back when I first met my wife (then girlfriend).  We were living in Atlanta, and we’d spend the weekends exploring the city.  Atlanta had a couple of great farmer’s markets, so Saturday mornings in the summer often involved a trip to a farmer’s market or two.  (We definitely bought South Carolina peaches by the half-bushel…which cams to ~25 pounds of peaches.)  Sometimes we’d venture out for a run down to Piedmont Park, but I’m not much of a runner.  In fact, I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read “0.0.  I don’t run.”  That describes me perfectly!

But one of our favorite Atlanta activities was heading out to check out new restaurants.  I’ve heard that you can visit a different restaurant in Atlanta for lunch and dinner every day of the year and still not repeat yourself.  Oh, how we miss the restaurant scene in Atlanta.  We’ve got a bunch of delicious, homestyle Italian restaurants up here in upstate New York…but we really miss the trendy Atlanta restaurants.

These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor...perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!I remember there was a little taqueria (a restaurant that specializes in tacos) just down the street from Laura’s apartment.  The line was always out the door into the parking lot, and for good reason.  This place made some killer tacos!  You’d order at the counter and then cross your fingers in hopes of finding an empty table.  More often than not, you’d just take your tacos to go.  I was ok with tacos to go…especially when the tacos were so darned delicious!

These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor...perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!This taqueria had just 5 options on the menu.  Not a huge list of choices, but every single choice was a good one.  (I’ll take that any day over a restaurant where everything on the 23-page menu is just mediocre.)  The fish tacos were one of our favorites…especially on those hot summer days that are so common in Atlanta.  The other day, Laura mentioned that she was craving fish tacos, so I decided to whip up something fun.  The fish tacos in Atlanta were fried, but I wanted to go a different direction here.  And that’s how these Grilled Fish Tacos came to be.

These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor...perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!Do you grill fish?  I’ve often been wary of grilling fish as it frequently just sticks to the grill and becomes a huge mess when you try to flip it.  But I was determined to serve these Grilled Fish Tacos for dinner!  I used a marinade with a bit of vegetable oil in it to help prevent the fish from sticking to the grill.  I also sprayed the grill generously with grilling spray before adding the fish.  And it worked!  Beautiful filets of seasoned white fish grilled up…just waiting to go into taco form!

I added some shredded cabbage for a crunch as well as my favorite southwestern taco sauce.  (It’s definitely one of my go-to summer sauces.)  While these Grilled Fish Tacos didn’t necessarily remind us of Atlanta, they were delicious.  In fact, they’ll be making another appearance again this week.  They were that good!  Enjoy!

These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor...perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!

These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor...perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!

Grilled Fish Tacos

These Grilled Fish Tacos are packed with flavor…perfect for a summer dinner on the back porch!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 592kcal


For the Marinade

For the Southwest Sauce

For the Tacos

  • pounds firm white fish ~ ¾” thick skinless fillets (i.e. Mahi-Mahi, swordfish, halibut, etc.)
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup red cabbage shredded
  • 1 avocado diced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion thinly sliced


For the Marinade

  • Combine all Marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Rub both sides of fish fillets with the marinade and place in a glass baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 3 hours.

For the Southwest Sauce

  • Using a medium bowl, add all of the Southwest Sauce ingredients; whisk together until well blended. Set aside.

For the Tacos

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Brush grill grates with vegetable or canola oil to prevent fish from sticking.
  • Grill fish 3-4 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. (Tip: When fully cooked, fish should flake easily with a fork.) Transfer fish to a large plate or cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the tortillas on the grill for 25-30 seconds, or until soft and pliable.
  • Using 2 forks, flake the fish into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Whisk together the lime juice and olive oil; drizzle this mixture over the flaked fish.
  • Divide the fish into the tortillas and top with cabbage, avocado, cilantro, red onion and southwest sauce.

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    1. Thanks, Medha! These fish tacos turned out quite well…so much so that they’ve become part of our regular dinner rotation. 🙂

    1. That’s awesome that you guys can catch walleye close by. I haven’t been fishing in many, many years. My grandpa used to take me when I was a kid, and those are some great memories! I’m right there with ya on the grilling fish part. Usually they stick and create a huge mess. Not this time! I think it was partly the oil in the marinade and I also sprayed the grill down with a nonstick grilling spray. Worked like a charm! 🙂

  1. Hi David! Your fish is perfectly cooked! I’ve never had fish tacos, but I want one (or more) now! Your sauce sounds delicious as well. I agree that exploring a city and finding new restaurants is so much fun. We like to explore Knoxville (and Nashville when we are over that way)!

    1. I’m on a quick trip to Richmond right now, Dorothy…and I’ve already got some fun new ideas for recipes. What can I say? I’m always thinking about food! And yes, give fish tacos a shot…they’re tasty. I like going with the grilled (or pan cooked) just because fried fish tends to be heavy. (Heavy…but delicious!)

  2. These fish tacos sound fantastic, David (Like all other your 126 taco recipes. Haha) And now it’s time to confess: I’ve never made tacos. Well, I’ve tried them just a few times in my life. Does this sound a bit embarrassing? One day I should take a break, open your blog, and make some tacos…for a week…or may be 5 weeks in a row (Just to catch up with). Would you have enough taco ideas?

    1. What can I say, Ben? I just love me some tacos! WAIT. Never made tacos? Stop everything and go out and get the ingredients today. Seriously! I bet you could even through some lavender in there for fun. Tacos are so darn easy to make, and there are a zillion ideas for what to put in ’em!

    1. I totally agree, Manali! In fact, I’d say those little hole-in-the-wall restaurants often have the best food…you just have to know how to find ’em!

  3. So I have a plan when Robbie is old enough to take care of himself…so next year- We should go to Atlanta and eat at every single restaurant until we cross them all off our list 😀

    I prefer seafood based tacos so these look killer!

    1. Next year? I think we can totally pull that off in like October! Although I’m pretty sure it will take us the better part of a year to eat our way across Atlanta. And we’d have to start running to each one or we might not fit in the door. Hah!

  4. This recipe is loaded with full of flavors. Looks so delicious and colorful. Perfect summer recipe. Thank you for sharing this -)

    1. Thanks, buddy! I might not be able to get out to SoCal, but I can totally channel some fish tacos onto my grill up here in New York. Haha! 🙂 (And yes, Sabra was amazing!)

    1. Thanks so much, Sharvari…this is one of our favorite summer meals now! We seriously make this one at least once a week lately. 🙂

    1. We have been seriously loving these fish tacos lately. I always had such a hard time grilling fish, but between the easy marinade here plus the grill spray, the fish grills up beautifully. And it makes an even more beautiful taco! Thanks so much, Alaina! 🙂

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