Whether you live in a warm climate or are gearing up for your millionth nor’easter of the season, it’s that time of year when summer and all its fun can’t come soon enough. Besides ice cream, cold beers, and all the tasty in-season fruits (hey, watermelon), fresh fish tacos are up there on our list of essential May-through-August food groups. After all, when better to celebrate Taco Tuesday than the lazy days of summer?
These fish taco recipes will get you pumped for the sunny days to come. Lucky for you, you can make ’em anytime you want.
1. Ahi Tuna Tacos
If your only ahi intake comes from your go-to sushi spot, it’s time to try using it at home. Fresh tuna tastes amaaazing in tacos, especially if you’re not quite game for eating it solo yet. These guys have cabbage, radishes, cilantro, and spicy Sriracha mayo to balance out the strong taste.
2. Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos
The best way to amp up shrimp’s flavor without deep-frying them? Serve them blackened! You’ll need a grill or cast-iron skillet, and plenty of Cajun seasoning to spice them up. Add an avocado salsa and some crumbled feta and you’re all set for taco Tuesday.
3. Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl
If you’re staying away from carbs, get your taco fix from this on-trend fish and cabbage bowl. Its main ingredients are just that—red and green cabbage and tilapia, plus a few spices. Feel free to mix in green onion, guac, or any other toppings you’ve got on hand too.
4. Tropical Salsa Tilapia Fish Tacos
These tacos especially scream summer, given the pineapple-mango salsa thrown on top… we can taste how fresh and light they are just by looking at them. And since tilapia is so quick to cook, this meal is super easy to throw together last minute.
5. Fish Taco Lettuce Wraps
Another low-carb, high-veg option: lettuce wraps! Get some sturdy leaves like large romaine or collards to use as your tortillas and pile them high with your fave white fish, an easy salsa verde, and avocado.
6. Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos
Chipotle fans, the cilantro lime crema on these tacos might remind you of their famous rice. But with grilled fish, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, and guac making up the rest of the meal, you won’t feel quite as stuffed after digging in. Even the crema, made with Greek yogurt, is lightened up.
7. 15-Minute Spicy Fish Tacos
Need a super-fast meal you’ll want to make over and over again? Whip up these spicy fish tacos. The cumin and chili powders give them a kick, so no hot sauce-dousing is needed. Plus, they taste great with any white fish, so pick your fave (or what’s available)… cod, mahi mahi, halibut, and tilapia all work well.