My hubby eats out frequently with his work obligations, and I’ve heard him several times singing the praises of fish tacos.  Now for me, fish tacos just didn’t sound like something I would enjoy.  As a child I grew up eating tacos regularly, and I loved them, but I can still remember when my mother decided to change things up and fixed them the way our neighbor did…with green PEAS in them…seriously… I liked my tacos the way they were supposed to be, not with green peas mixed in with the meat.

Anyway, so I guess you could say I’m kind of a “purist” when it comes to my tacos or burritos, and I don’t appreciate anything “strange, new or different” in them.  But...after my hubby enjoying them so much, and seeing fish tacos so popular everywhere, and all the different ways people would serve them, I decided to relax and give them a try.  😛

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I went the easy route, and picked up some baked fish sticks, since we don’t eat a lot of fried food, and my kids like them.  You could just as easily substitute larger fillets or even fresh fish that you baked, but since this was new for me, I used the already prepared fish sticks.

fish tacos, Easy Fish Tacos, Joyful HomemakingHere is what I used along with some optional choices too, these are all about customizing to you and your family’s tastes and preferences:

  • Fish fillets
  • Tortillas
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce
  • Chipotle dressing

Optional ideals to try for different flavors:

fish tacos, Easy Fish Tacos, Joyful HomemakingMy mom got me started with this dressing, and now I use it on so many things. It adds instant flavor and a little zip with just the right amount of spiciness.

fish tacos, Easy Fish Tacos, Joyful HomemakingThis is an incredibly simple, quick and (yes, I admit after trying them) a delicious dinner meal, that can really be ready in around 20 minutes.
Just get the fish in the oven, and cook it how you normally would, or if it’s from a package, follow the directions…just don’t over cook it.

While that’s baking, get your toppings ready, wash and chop up or tear apart the cilantro and lettuce (I like to buy my lettuce already shredded for convenience). Wash and chop up the onion and tomatoes, and lay out all your toppings buffet style so everyone can choose what they like.

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Warm up your tortillas either in the microwave, stove top or oven, and/or use a tortilla warmer to keep them warm.

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Then by the time your fish is done, everything is ready for each one to assemble their own fish tacos.
My preferred toppings were the fresh tomato, onion, lettuce, cilantro, sour cream, cheddar cheese and a few drops of lime juice…mmmm’mmmm.

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Easy Fish Tacos

Course dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • Fish fillets
  • Tortillas
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce
  • Chipotle dressing
  • Optional ideals to try for different flavors:
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Tartar sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • My ranch dressing and taco sauce mixture
  • Avocado
  • Your favorite beans

Instructions

  • Put the fish in the oven and cook it how you normally would, or if it’s from a package, follow the directions, just don’t over cook it.
  • While that’s baking, get your toppings ready, wash and chop up or tear apart the cilantro and lettuce (I like to buy my lettuce already shredded for convenience). Wash and chop up the onion and tomatoes, and lay out all your toppings buffet style so everyone can choose what they like.
  • Warm up your tortillas either in the microwave, stove top or oven and cover them to keep them warm.
  • Then by the time your fish is done, everything is ready for each one to assemble their own fish tacos.
  • I preferred topping mine with the fresh tomato, onion, lettuce, cilantro, sour cream, cheddar cheese and a few drops of lime juice…mmmm’mmmm.

 

fish tacos, Easy Fish Tacos, Joyful HomemakingIf you’re not in the habit of using fresh cilantro, you just have to give it a try, it adds such a wonderful fresh flavor with a tiny bit of tang!

If you’re a fan of fish here are a couple of other family favorite recipes to try:

fish tacos, Easy Fish Tacos, Joyful Homemaking

Tuna Pot Pie
Comfort food at its best!

fish tacos, Easy Fish Tacos, Joyful Homemaking

Cornbread Tuna Cakes

Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. I have to admit I was skeptical about fish tacos too, but have recently fell in love with them! These look yummy, I really need to make them at home!

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