Tasty Tilapia Tacos

Tasty Tilapia Tacos Recipe

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Susan Bickta


I recently attended the U.S. Oyster Festival in Leonardtown, Md. They had a vast array of food trucks serving many different varieties of fresh Maryland seafood. A seafood lovers dream! I always wanted to try fish tacos and when I saw one food truck had them on the menu, I decided to try one. So glad I did! Their fish taco was delicious..... and this is my own version of that delicious treat!


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15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb
    tilapia fillets (3 -4 filets), cut in half lengthwise

  • 1 large
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    taco seasoning mix (from a 1.25 ounce envelope, reserve the rest for remainder of recipe)
  • 2 - 3 dash(es)
    hot pepper sauce

  • 2/3 c
    yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    taco seasoning mix

  • 1 bag(s)
    (16 ounces) shredded cabbage with carrots
  • 3 large
    plum tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1/3 c
    diced red onion
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried cilantro flakes (or equivalent of fresh, chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp
    fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 c
    vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp
    taco seasoning mix
  • 5 tsp
    vegetable oil
  • 8
    flour tortillas

  • 1 c
    shredded mexican cheese blend
  • 1 large
    haas avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • c
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • ·
    finely diced roma tomato
  • ·
    finely diced red onion

How to Make Tasty Tilapia Tacos


  1. Cut the tilapia filets in half lengthwise. Set aside.
  2. Make the egg dip: Combine all egg dip ingredients in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make the dredge: Combine all dredge ingredients in a shallow dish. Set aside:
  4. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum. Line up the prepared fish, dip and dredge on kitchen counter: fish first, then dip, then dredge and last the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Dip each fish filet in the egg dip, shaking off excess. Then coat generously with the dredge. Place dredged fish pieces in a single layer of the prepared baking dish.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
  7. Meanwhile, make the slaw: Combine all slaw ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble tacos.
  8. Place a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the 5 tablespoons oil and heat through. Add the dredged tilapia filets, cook 5-6 minutes. Turn and cook another 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily and has a nice browned crispy crust. If necessary, cook in batches, keeping cooked fish warm in a 300 degree F. oven until ready to serve.
  9. Warm the flour tortillas in the microwave by covering with a damp towel and microwaving on HI for 10 to 20 seconds.
  10. Assemble tacos: Place warm tortilla on serving plate. Place 1 piece of tilapia on tortilla, covering 1/2 of tortilla. Top with desired amount of slaw and 1 or 2 slices of avocado. Fold in half and serve.
  11. If desired, garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, diced tomato and diced red onion.

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About Tasty Tilapia Tacos

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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