Crispy Fish Taco w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce

It is Taco Tuesday! I am so happy to be sharing another Taco recipe with you guys on the blog. During my undergraduate studies, I would make them ALL the time. They were easy to make and oh so delicious! Not to mention, you can have dinner on the table in no time. Taco Tuesday is no doubt one of my favorite nights of the week.

Tacos hold a special place in my heart and this recipe is a summer must try!

I love both fish and tacos so why not give you guys a yummy fish taco recipe! This recipe is fresh, healthy, and delicious. Serve these Tacos up with your favorite toppings such as purple cabbage, red onions, bell peppers, habanero pepper, cilantro, and avocado. You can create your own feast to your liking….more cabbage, more cilantro, more avocado….Oh yes!

Perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner. Once the sauce is made everything comes together quickly. Dinner can be ready in less than 40 minutes. When I want to go all out, I sometimes add pineapple Pico de Gallo to my tacos….so amazing!

The fish is seasoned then soaked in buttermilk which makes it juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. If you are a seafood, then you will certainly enjoy this one.

But let us get into the sauce though…the Cilantro Lime sauce consists of sour cream, cilantro, lime, garlic, and jalapeño. So yummy and refreshing. I love that the sauce has a hint of spiciness to it. If you want to make it mild, then only add half the amount of pepper. Do enjoy!

Helpful Tips for Making Fish Tacos:

1) How to Prep the fish: Generally, when I am prepping fish, it is washed with lime, vinegar, and water before cooking. The great thing is you are working with Fillet, so you do not have to do too much in terms of cleaning. 

2) Other sauces for Fish Taco: Cilantro Mayo, where instead of the sour cream you can substitute with Mayo. You can also use a Spicy Siracha Mayo sauce. You can also use Greek yogurt instead of Sour Cream for the Cilantro Lime sauce. 

3) Let us talk about toppings: You can use any topping you like. If you want to add more avocado go right ahead! If you want to skip the pineapple you can do that too. Tailor the toppings to your liking. If you have food allergies, restrictions, or just personal preferences you can still enjoy this recipe. 

4) Let us talk about buttermilk: If you do not have access to buttermilk, you can just use plain yogurt. 

Let us get Taco Tuesday started!…..

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Crispy Fish Taco w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • Author: FoodieNotAChef
  • Prep Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Crispy Fish Tacos topped with a delicious fresh Cilantro Lime Sauce…This will surely have you looking forward to Taco Tuesdays!…Yummy




  • 2 Large Tilapia Fillets 
  • Creole seasoning to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • All-purpose seasoning to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 lime 
  • ½ cup buttermilk 
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil for frying 
  • ½1 cup of flour for frying   

Cilantro Lime Sauce 

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro 
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream 
  • 1 Lime, squeezed
  • 4 scallions (green onion), chopped 
  • 4 garlic 
  • ½  Avocado 
  • 1 green jalapeño pepper
  • 1/3 Green Bell Pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper 
  • 22 ½ tbsp water 

Pico De Gallo   

  • 1 cup diced pineapple, medium 
  • 1 small tomato
  • ½ small red (purple) onion 
  • 2 ½ tbsp Olive oil 
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro 
  • 1/3 red bell pepper 
  • One lime. Squeezed 
  • Salt to taste  

Chopped Cabbage



Let us make the Cilantro Lime Sauce first…. 

 1) To a food processor add chopped cilantro, scallions, jalapeño, green bell pepper, avocado, garlic, lime juice, sour cream, salt, black pepper, and water. Pulse for 2-3 minutes to combine. Then place into refrigerator until ready to use.  


Secondly, let us make our Pineapple Pico De Gallo…. 

2) Chop Pineapple into medium squares. Chop Cilantro, tomatoes, red onions, and bell peppers. Combine then add olive oil, lime juice and salt to taste.   


OK, let us Fry this fish…… 

4) Clean and cut fish into small rectangular pieces. Season with creole seasoning, all purpose, onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Rub into Fish. Add buttermilk to fish and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  

5) In the meantime, prep your flour station and heat your oil in a skillet.  

6) Flour then fry fish until golden brown then drains on paper towel or parchment paper.  


Finally, let us combine the taco… 

7) Cook tortilla directly on the stove or using a skillet for 1-2 minutes  

8) Add Fried fish then add Pineapple Pico De Gallo and chopped cabbage

9) Add the sauce and enjoy! 

  • Category: Dinner

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