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Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Today, I bring you another recipe from my latest book, Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals. This time I’m sharing my recipe for Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream.

Why you’ll love these fish tacos

These fish tacos are so quick and easy, you can have them ready in 20 minutes. Searing the fish in a cast iron skillet gives it a deliciously caramelized crust and cooks the fish to tender perfection in just a few minutes.

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Ingredients you’ll need

  • Corn tortillas
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Paprika
  • Brown sugar
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Tilapia fillets or substitute another meaty fish like halibut, salmon, or cod
  • Vegetable oil
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Lime wedges

How to make it

  1. Heat the tortillas.
  2. Mix together the sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, and chile.
  3. In another small bowl, mix the paprika, brown sugar, oregano, garlic powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the fish.
  4. Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet (or any heavy-bottomed skillet), add the fish, and cook until cooked through and lightly browned.
  5. Put the fish in the tortillas, drizzle the cilantro-lime cream over the top, and then garnish with avocado slices and shredded cabbage.
  6. Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side and salsa or other toppings as desired.

raw fish for tacos with spice rub

What to serve with fish tacos

I love to serve these fish tacos on homemade corn tortillas. Mango Habanero Salsa or Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa Verde make perfect toppers. And don’t skip the Pickled Onions! For a hearty and flavorful side, add some Instant Pot Refried Beans or Mexican Black Beans.

If you love fish and seafood, give these Panko Crusted Rockfish Filets a try. Also don’t miss Camarones a la Diabla and Camarones al Mojo de Ajo!

Check out the video

If you want to see this recipe in action, watch a video of my friend and fellow food blogger Stephanie Weaver of Recipe Renovator cooking it live on Facebook! And you even get to hear my commentary through the magic of technology.

fish tacos cookeed in a cast iron skillet

Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Robin Donovan
This is the ultimate quick and easy skillet dinner. It’s perfect for any weeknight when you need dinner on the table fast. And who doesn’t love taco night? Feel free to add other garnishes if you like. Replace the avocado slices with guacamole, add thinly sliced radishes, grilled scallions, or a homemade or store-bought pico de gallo and a side of chips. This recipe is from Home Skillet: The Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 478 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 jalapeño chile seeded and finely minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 6-ounce tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 ripe peeled avocado thinly sliced
  • 2 cups thinly shredded cabbage
  • 4 lime wedges for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  • Wrap the tortillas in foil and heat in the oven while you prepare the rest of the dish.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, and chile.
  • In another small bowl, mix the paprika, brown sugar, oregano, garlic powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the fish, coating both sides of each fillet and dividing equally among them.
  • Heat the oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet set over medium-high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the fish and cook for about 3 minutes per side, until cooked through and lightly browned.
  • Remove the tortillas from the oven and place two on each serving plate, overlapping. Place a fish fillet on top of each stack of tortillas and then drizzle the cilantro-lime cream over the top. Divide the avocado slices evenly amount the tacos and top each with a handful of shredded cabbage. Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 50gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 398mgFiber: 9gSugar: 7g
Keyword cast iron cooking, cast iron skillet fish tacos, fish tacos
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By on September 23rd, 2016

ABOUT ROBIN DONOVAN

Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

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