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Blackened Fish Tacos Recipe

Blackened Fish Tacos - Deep flavored fish, topped with extremely fresh tasting cilantro slaw and avocado cream sauce!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: baja, blackened, fish, tacos
Servings: 6
Calories: 504kcal
Author: DSTR


Blackened Fish

  • 1.5 lbs tilapia fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 corn tortillas

The Slaw

  • 1/2 red cabbage sliced thin
  • 1/4 green cabbage sliced thin
  • 3 or 4 green onions diced
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime

The Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 ripe avocado pitted and skinned
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeno chopped and seeded
  • Salt to taste


  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, onion powder, cumin, salt, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle the mixture over both sides of your tilapia fillets, and then rub the seasonings in.
  • Combine all of the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse until well-combined.
  • Combine all of the Slaw ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the tilapia (a few at a time if you can't fit them all at once). Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the outside is blackened and the fish flakes apart easily.
  • Remove the fish from the heat, and if desired, warm the corn tortillas in the same skillet over medium heat, cooking for about 30 seconds on each side.
  • Break up the tilapia into 2-3" pieces. Distribute the fish evenly between the 6 sets of tortillas, and top with Slaw and Avocado-Cilantro Sauce.


Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1484IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3mg