These Grilled Fish Tacos are marinated in a lime juice and chili powder, and grilled to perfection. Serve them with a spiced yogurt sauce, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
You know what I miss in the winter?
Sunshine, specifically, but also that woodsy, delicious smell of food cooking on a charcoal grill. I love how it wafts into my kitchen from the open door, filling my entire apartment with tantalizing promises of a scrumptious dinner.
At the first signs of spring, we break out our heavy metal grill and start cooking. One meal that’s really at its best on a grill is Grilled Spicy Fish Tacos.
Grilled Fish Tacos for a Taco Party
Grilled Fish Tacos are perfect for crowds– I serve them buffet style with all the toppings laid out, so even the pickiest eaters can fill up their plates.
Plus, if you have some non-meat-eaters in your crowd, you can very easily add in fajita veggies and vegan beans to make sure everyone gets enough to eat. (Check your tortillas for animal products if you’re serving vegans– some have lard).
What Kind of Fish Should I Use?
For these tacos, I used tilapia. If you’re using tilapia, I recommend buying BAP Certified tilapia that is harvested within the United States.
If you want to use another type of fish, any white flat fish (like flounder) will work as an easy substitute. Alternatively, a firmer, thicker white fish (like cod) will also be delicious, but increase the cook time for thicker fish.
What’s In a Good Fish Taco?
As with most tacos, you can pretty much serve whatever toppings you want– but traditionally you’d at least have a yogurt sauce or sour cream and shredded cabbage.
Also, in my opinion, there should be avocado. Almost every time I’ve eaten a really delicious fish taco– there has been avocado.
How to Grill Fish Tacos
Grill the fish about 4 minutes per side, and then grill your tortilla shells for about 30 seconds each. Slice up the fish, and build your tacos!
Want more tips about how to grill seafood? Check out this post on How to Grill Fish!
Want more FISH TACOS and WRAPS? Try these:
Want more GRILLED SEAFOOD ideas? Try these:
- King Salmon Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Plum Sauce
- Grilled Swordfish with Basil Pesto
- Sockeye Salmon Recipe: Grilled Chili Lime Salmon
Grilled Fish Tacos
- 4 tilapia fillets (4oz)
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 TB chili powder (sub chipotle chili pepper for more heat)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 TB chili powder
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 pinch salt
- 2-3 dashes hot sauce
- 8 flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded cabbage (or bagged dry cole slaw)
- 1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 avocados, sliced (or more if desired)
- cherry tomatoes, sliced
More Optional Toppings:
- hot sauce, sour cream, red onion, green onion, cilantro
- Preheat charcoal grill.
- Place tilapia in a glass dish. Whisk together oil, lime juice, chili powder, and pour over the fish. Let marinate 15-20 minutes.
- Combine all sauce ingredients and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Remove tilapia from marinade. Add fish to a fish grilling basket (recommended), or brush the clean grill plate with oil.
- Grill about 4 minutes per side (or until fish flakes with a fork). Grill tortillas about 30 seconds.
- Cut fish into long strips and serve on tortillas with sauce and desired toppings.
Recipe adapted from: Food Network