Quick, Easy, Refreshing Fish Tacos

Looking for an easy, refreshing summer meal option? These tacos are perfect for you! Great for large or small groups and incredibly versatile. Add queso to the list if your kiddos are unsure about fish tacos. Prep time is about 5-10 minutes, little ones can certainly help! Cook time is about 20 minutes. I hope you enjoy!

Serving size: 4-5 adults

fish tacos


  • 1 ½ lb tilapia (or other white-flesh, saltwater fish such as cod, mahi mahi, or catfish)
  • 24 corn or flour tortillas (our kids prefer flour) 
  • ½ white onion, sliced 
  • 2 large lemons, sliced into circular or semicircular pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼  tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 can of black beans 


  • *I recommend using what your children accept! Ours don’t love cabbage so we use cilantro, a few tomatoes, lime, and feta cheese! Feta cheese has a more salty/savory flavor than cojita cheese, which some prefer to use on fish tacos. 
  • Feta cheese crumbles 
  • Avocado
  • Diced tomatoes (roma tomatoes) 
  • Cabbage 
  • Red onion, diced
  • Cilantro 
  • Limes 


fish tacos
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil, or silicon liner. 
  2. Rinse fish in the sink and blot dry. Place the fish in a large bowl. Add olive oil, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Gentle mix around either using your hands, a basting brush, or tongs. 
  3. Place the fish on the baking sheet and evenly place the sliced onion, lemon, and cilantro on top of the fish. Place fish in the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes. 
  4. Warm the black beans on medium heat while the fish is baking. 
  5. Prepare the toppings. 
  6. Once the fish is cooked, prepare the tacos according to your family’s taste preferences! 
  7. We choose beans, fish, avocado, tomatoes, feta cheese, squeezed lime, and top with cilantro! 
  8. Enjoy!

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