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5 from 2 votes

Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Light and flavorful tacos made simply in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minutes, fish, summer, Tacos
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 172kcal


For the Fish

  • 1 lb tilapia or other white fish
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For the Slaw

  • 16 oz bag of cole slaw
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C cilantro rough chopped

For the Sauce

  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 1 tsp sriracha or other favorite hot sauce

For Serving

  • 12 corn tortillas warmed
  • cilantro optional
  • pickled red onion optional
  • cotija cheese optional


  • In a small bowl, mix the spices for the tilapia. Sprinkle evenly over filets on both sides.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add fish and cook until white around the edges and spices create a crust. About 5 minutes. Flip and cook the same on the other side until fish is cooked through.
  • While fish is cooking, mix slaw with cilantro, lime and salt. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix up the sour cream with hot sauce. Set aside.
  • To warm up tortillas, wrap 10 corn tortillas in wet paper towels and heat in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. This will help keep the tortillas from breaking while you eat!
  • Once fish is cooked, gently break up into smaller pieces with the edge of a fork.
  • Assemble tacos with fish, slaw and sauce. Top it off with more cilantro, pickled red onions or your other favorite taco toppings.


Fish should not be cooked ahead of time, but the cole slaw can be made ahead of time, however it will wilt from the salt, so if you like it crunchy, wait until you're ready to eat before putting it together. 
The sauce can easily be mixed up and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. 
The fish can be grilled, but it will not get a "blackened" crust. However, it will still be totally delicious. 


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 991mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg