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fish taco recipeI have fallen in love with fish tacos.  Specifically, these fish tacos.  I used to think that I did not like fish tacos.  I am not a fan of fried fish, so the fried fish taco never appealed to me.  The grilled fish tacos I have had were okay, but not inspiring enough to order them again.  Then two things happened:  Gwyneth Paltrow and Lent.  This was my first year observing Lent and the “no meat on Friday” rule made me rediscover that I love fish.  I also love (I have a girl crush gp, I can own it) Gwyneth’s newsletter Goop.  In one particular issue, she was writing about a party she was having to celebrate the release of her cookbook, and this is the family meal that she and her crew had while they were preparing for the party.

This meal is the opposite of what I think of when I think of fish tacos.  These are light.  Fresh tasting.  Clean.  Flavorful.  These were so good that my husband and I were scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan.  These fish tacos are going to be a staple in this house from now on.  I made them about two weeks ago and honestly, I cannot wait to make them again.

The recipe calls for halibut, but I would assume that any mild tasting, white fish would be perfect for this recipe.  Gwyneth also fries her corn tortillas, but I opt to just toast them in a hot pan.

fish tacos recipe1 bunch cilantro
juice from 5 limes
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 2 Tablespoons for cooking
1 small white onion
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 pounds halibut
1/2 cup white wine

to serve:

corn tortillas
crema or sour cream
cotija cheese (I used Monterey Jack)

fish tacos recipeI got these little limes at the farmer’s market.  They are called “juicy Mexican limes”, at least that is what the hand written sign said.  Juicy was right, these babies had so much juice.

fish tacos recipePut the cilantro, lime juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, onion, garlic, jalapeno, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor.

fish tacos recipeBlend until smooth.  Put the puree in a bowl and set aside.

fish tacos recipeChop the halibut into small pieces.  Dry well with a paper towel.  Season with salt and pepper.

fish tacos recipePreheat a saute pan with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.  Add the halibut.  Cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes.

fish tacos recipe

Add the wine and cook until the wine evaporates, about 2 minutes.

fish tacos recipeAdd the cilantro mixture and cook for another minute to heat through.

fish tacos recipeHeat the corn tortillas in a hot dry pan.  Add the fish mixture to the tortilla.  Garnish with cilantro, salsa, sour cream, cheese, and avocado.

fish tacos recipePerfect for a little Cinco de Mayo get together, don’t you think?

Fish Tacos


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • juice from 5 limes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus 2 Tablespoons for cooking
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 pounds halibut
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • to serve:
  • corn tortillas
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • crema or sour cream
  • cotija cheese (I used Monterey Jack)
  • limes
  • cilantro


  1. Put the cilantro, lime juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, onion, garlic, jalapeno, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth. Put the puree in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Chop the halibut into small pieces. Dry well with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat a saute pan with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Add the halibut. Cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add the wine and cook until the wine evaporates, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the cilantro mixture and cook for another minute to heat through.
  7. Heat the corn tortillas in a hot dry pan. Add the fish mixture to the tortilla. Garnish with cilantro, salsa, sour cream, cheese, and avocado.
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71 Responses to Fish Tacos

  1. Darcie says:

    This sounds delicious and I have been dying to make fish tacos for the first time. How many tacos did you get out of that amount of fish? It doesn’t appear to be a lot of meat. Wondering if I should increase it for my hungry husband.

    • bakedbree says:

      I would definitely make more next time, I was only cooking for 2, so I used 1 pound of fish, we wanted more. We probably got 4 tacos out of that.

  2. Yum!!!!! This is going on my menu this week! I can’t wait to try it! My mouth is watering looking at your beautiful and helpful photos, thanks!
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  3. Looks absolutely delicious!! I just got a few fillets of white fish, perhaps I’ll give this recipe a go tonight.

  4. One of my favorite dishes of all time! I thought they sounded so weird too until I visited the west coast and had my mind blown. Love ‘em!
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    • bakedbree says:

      These are the best ones that I have ever had. I try to order them a lot, and these hands down were the best.

  5. jenna says:

    i’ve been looking for a good fish taco recipe! these look wonderful! the sauce looks wonderful.
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  6. maria says:

    I’m craving fish tacos at 7 am…. Yummy pictures.
    By the way, I was so pleased that you featured “juicy Mexican limes”. Few of my cooking friend understand that these lime give more juice than store brought. If you have a big yard, you try growing your own tree.:)
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    • bakedbree says:

      those limes were amazing. They looked like key limes, but had a TON of juice. I can’t wait to buy them again.

  7. Cumin, paprika, cilantro and lime (my fave flavors)? And halibut (my fave fish)? Yes, please! This looks so good and so appropriate for Cinco de Mayo. Thanks for sharing – will be making this tonight! (And gorgeous photos, as usual. :)

  8. JP says:

    I am going to try these soon! They look splendid!

  9. Kelly says:

    ooooh, how yummy! I love fish tacos, which is ironic because I don’t love fish! Can’t wait to try these!

  10. Those looks like they would be the best fish tacos I could ever eat too. Oh my mouth is watering!
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  11. Rebecca says:

    I’m loving your blog . . . if you can’t tell :-) I linked to it again on my most recent post. I’ve been wanting to try fish tacos at home but didn’t think I could get the results I wanted. This has inspired me and I’m going to make them soon. I’ll let you know what we think!
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  12. Oh my these look good! I love the pasty sauce that you make to put on the fish. I’ll bet it’s great with shrimp, chicken or anything really! Perfect for Thursday!
    Kelley {mountain mama cooks} recently posted..Stuffed Bell Peppers with Chicken- Asparagus and Fresh Mozzarella

  13. Dangler says:

    Omg omg omg Fish Tacos are something I crave on a regular basis, and these look amazeballs! Btw, I am totally out & proud with my GP crush. She’s bomb & I don’t care if she doesn’t get any street cred.

  14. sarah henry says:

    Recently rediscovered fish tacos too. Halibut my preferred fish as well. Lovely photos, making me hungry for lunch.

  15. Oh, wow, that salsa looks amazing! I also love grilled fish tacos, and just did a recipe for Cinco de Mayo for AOL’s Patch with them. Your pictures are… in a word… stunning. It was awesome to meet you over the weekend and share such a lovely and inspiring experience. Let’s stay in touch!


  16. Courtney says:

    Wow, do these look fabulous. I was never a fan of fish tacos either (those two words just didn’t seem to go together) until I had delicious ones on my honeymoon in Hawaii a few years ago. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks, Bree! I am loving your site and your recipes. :)

  17. Dorothee says:

    How funny, I just found your blog today via 5 second rule and as it turns out – you made my dinner. Except I used poppytalks recipe (http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/2010/07/bring-baja-to-your-kitchen-easy-fish.html) – which you might enjoy as an alternative since its really simple and my two year old devoured the fish. But I have to admit that he hated the crema (even with a greatly lowered spice amount). Do your kids eat spicy/tangy food? Love, love, love your photography and cannot wait to try some recipes.

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Dorothee. My boys eat pretty much anything I put in front of them. My daughter, not so much.

  18. Ooo love the wine idea in this. Yum!

  19. Margeaux says:

    Hey, just wanted to know that I love your blog. Your photos are fantastic and make my mouth water on a daily basis (and I’m so jealous of your kitchen!). I have tried several recipes lately that I absolutely loved. I’m getting ready to make the chocolate macaroons.

    Anyways, I live in the Florida Keys and just wanted to mention that those “juicy Mexican Limes” actually look exactly like Key Limes and I’m willing to bet that they are one in the same. I was born and raised in the Keys, so I figure I know what they look like and yes, they are generally very juicy with lots of seeds (hence why they created Persian seedless limes, which are also less tart). Generally the store bought ones have less juice but the ones from local farms/trees are just bursting with juice. So for your key lime pie recipe you could use a few of these babies or get key lime juice bottled in the store or online. My favorite is “Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key Lime Juice”. Just thought I’d put my few cents in there! :) Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

    • bakedbree says:

      thank you Margeaux. They do look like key limes, but they are a different color and they don’t taste the same. In CA, we have tons of varietals of citrus.

  20. thinking these might ease my non-fish-eating husband into some good omega 3s! Going to try!! yummo. & GP is smokin’ hot. Love her recent quote on staying fit.
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  21. Ooh, I cook fish really rarely and had never thought of adding the sauce in like that. It sounds amazing (and of course the photos are spectacular). My cilantro is almost big enough to harvest…

    I wish I had gotten a chance to spend some time with you this weekend! Next time I’ll make sure to sit with you. =)
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  22. Rachel says:

    These look amazing. You are very skilled at food photography and presentation! The recipe sounds delightful, too! I’m definitely going to try it out— I love fish tacos. There is a place here in Charlotte called Cabo Fish Taco and they have a recipe for ahi tuna tacos that have a spicy wasabi twist to them! You should come up with more fish taco recipes! YUM!

  23. Karin van D. says:

    That looks delicious. We love to eat tacos here, the children like the way we put the whole table ful with all kinds of little bowls with vegetables, cheese and beans and they can assemble their tacos themselves. I never made them with fish though. This recipe sounds lovely, light and summery!
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  24. alicia says:

    Great recipe… I also love fish, but fried fish is too heavy for me. I am going to try this recipe!
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  25. dena says:

    Never thought of dicing up the fish before cooking it. What a great idea! Adding wine to the mix just warms my heart as well. Yummmmy!
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  26. Yhudis says:

    I just made these…. And to quote my husband “The best dinner ever!” Thank you!

  27. Rebecca says:

    Ok, I’m back and I made the tacos! They were awesome and my 3 year old even ate them – you definitely didn’t oversell them. I bought extra halibut and will probably make them again soon.
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  29. Walle says:

    Hey Bree (: I’m 14 years old & I enjoy your blogg of food and delicious meals. I’m inspired to cook like you when i’m older, even though i cook like a chef at this age haha . But I love fish tacos & definitely enjoyed this recipe the best! (It’s better than my aunties) . & Btw, I made most of your cake recipes and me & the fam lovess them all .

    • bakedbree says:

      Well, thank you. I will not tell your aunties. I love kids cooks. That is when my brother, sister and I all started.

  30. We could never have imagined cumin in a fish taco recipe, but this sounds delicious! Your girl crush has inspired us to sign up for Gwyneth’s newsletter. We can’t wait to see what other delicious recipes we can get our hand on.

  31. Erin says:

    Hi Bree! If found your blog via my Food Gawker app :) I made these last night and LOVED them! So did my guy. Thanks for sharing and I love that I found your blog! :)

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  34. MG says:

    Do you think I could barbecue the fish first? Then cut it up and add the sauce to it. I guess I would have to omit the wine but I can always drink it, lol. I just like the idea of getting the grilled, smokey taste to the fish. Looks delicious!

  35. AlaskanRusty says:

    Bree, tried these for the first time today,”they are the best ever” and really good with fresh Alaskan Halibut.Thank-You for your easy too make recipe.If you come up North, we will go fishing!

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