How To Make Restaurant-Quality Fish Tacos At Home

Posted on: 11 October 2021


Fish tacos are one of those delicious foods that always seem to taste better when they're from a restaurant. Making them at home often seems to come with less pleasing results. But it is possible to make restaurant-quality fish tacos at home. You just have to really focus on two components: the fish and the sauce. Making both of those components from scratch will make your fish tacos taste so much better! Here's a more detailed recipe you can follow to enjoy restaurant-quality fish tacos at home.

Ingredients for the fish: 

  • 1 pound of tilapia filets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic, minced finely
  • a pinch of salt

Ingredients for the toppings, etc:

  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup Cojita cheese, crumbled
  • 10 - 12 soft corn tortillas

Start by preparing the sauce. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients, and set the mixture aside. Allowing it to rest on the counter for a few minutes intensifies the flavors.

While your sauce is developing, slice the tilapia into 2-inch strips. Often, this just requires cutting each of the filets in half. Place the fish strips on a foil-lined baking sheet. Then, drizzle them with olive oil. Sprinkle the lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper over them. Bake the fish at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and slightly brown on top. 

Remove the fish from the oven, and set it aside. Place your tortillas on a baking sheet, and pop them into the oven for 2–3 minutes, just to warm them. Now, it's time to assemble your tacos.

Spread some of the sauce on the inside of the tortilla first. Then, add a fish strip to the tortilla, followed by the other toppings. A little cabbage, tomato, onion, avocado, and cheese make for a classic fish taco, but feel free to leave off any topping you do not like.

Take a bite, and enjoy your creation!

These fish tacos are a perfect weeknight dinner. Once you make them a time or two, it will become even easier. You could also substitute cod or haddock for the tilapia if desired.

Try out a restaurant like Ohana Seafood Bar and Grill if you want to have fish tacos but don't feel like making them yourself.