California Fish Tacos

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Nothing says sunny California like a plate of delicious, California Fish Tacos. Inspired by the breezy vibes and mouthwatering flavors of the West Coast, these tacos are perfect for anyone looking to bring a taste of the beach to her kitchen.

For our California Fish Tacos, we’re using flaky white fish, such as tilapia or cod, and giving it a zesty lime marinade to really make the flavors pop.

Next up, a homemade slaw made with crunchy cabbage, red onion, cilantro, and a tangy lime dressing. This slaw is a game-changer, bringing a burst of freshness and texture to each bite.

Let’s talk about the avocado crema. Oh, the avocado crema! This creamy, dreamy sauce ties everything together, adding a touch of richness and a hint of spice from the jalapeño.

Tip: Prepare the avocado crema ahead of time to let the flavors meld together.

Once everything’s prepped, it’s time to grill the fish until it’s perfectly tender and lightly charred.

Assembling your California Fish Tacos is a breeze. Start with a warm corn tortilla, top it with a generous helping of fish, a handful of slaw, and a dollop of avocado crema. Don’t forget a squeeze of fresh lime to finish it off.

Pair these scrumptious tacos with a cold, crisp beer or a refreshing margarita, and you’ve got yourself a little piece of paradise right in your own home.

Ready to try your hand at these California Fish Tacos? Grab your sunglasses and let’s get cooking!

California Fish Tacos

Course: Main CourseCuisine: Mexican


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Light and vibrant California Fish Tacos with zesty lime-marinated fish, crunchy slaw, and dreamy avocado crema.


  • 1 lb flaky white fish (tilapia or cod)

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt

  • 1 small jalapeño, seeds removed

  • 8 corn tortillas


  • In a shallow dish, marinate the fish in lime juice for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the slaw by combining shredded cabbage, red onion, and cilantro in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine avocado, sour cream or Greek yogurt, and jalapeño. Blend until smooth to create the avocado crema.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook the marinated fish for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and flaky.
  • Warm the corn tortillas on a dry skillet or directly over a gas flame until pliable.
  • Assemble the tacos by placing a portion of fish on each tortilla, followed by a heap of slaw and a dollop of avocado crema.
  • Serve immediately, accompanied by lime wedges for extra zing.


  • For a spicier kick, add more jalapeño to the avocado crema.
  • You can substitute flour tortillas for corn tortillas if preferred.
  • To make this dish gluten-free, ensure you use gluten-free corn tortillas.

These California Fish Tacos pair beautifully with a refreshing mango salsa or a simple guacamole for an extra layer of flavor. A side of grilled corn or a light and zesty quinoa salad would also make a fantastic accompaniment, adding both color and texture to your meal.

Finally, don’t forget to serve your tacos with a cold lime-infused beer or a fruity white sangria to complete the ultimate California fish taco experience.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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