The next time you indulge in Taco Tuesday, mix up the fillings with this delicious Grilled Fish Taco Recipe. Made with cod, lime juice, garlic, and a homemade Greek yogurt sauce, these tacos are savory, tangy, and delightful!
Savory, tangy, and delicious cod fish tacos
In my world, tacos are their own food group. They sit near the fruit and vegetables in the food hierarchy, because they are a regular requirement. Okay, not really. But I do love tacos, and this grilled fish taco recipe is one of my favorites.
This recipe utilizes cod as the main filling for a delicious seafood flavor. It’s seasoned with chili powder, cumin, garlic, and lime, bringing together savory and tangy flavors.
To make things even better, we’re pairing the grilled (yum) cod with a delicious Greek yogurt and lime sauce and then topping the tacos with avocado, cilantro, and cabbage! Let’s dig in.
Ingredients in this grilled fish taco recipe
This recipe kicks off with a set of ingreidents to season the cod, follow by those used in the sauce. One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s very seasoning-heavy, so you likely already have most of the required ingredients in your pantry!
- Cod: First up for the fish tacos is 1.5 lbs of cod. This type of fish works so well in tacos and tastes delicious with the garlic, lime juice, and other toppings. The 1.5 lbs can be filets or one large piece.
- Avocado oil spray: Next, avocado oil spray will be used to prep the fish.
- Chili powder: 2 tsp of chili powder is the first seasoning included in prepping the fish. This will add flavor and the subtlest dash of heat.
- Cumin: Next, include 1 tsp of cumin for a rich taste.
- Salt and pepper: Salt and pepper are always a must — use 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper.
- Garlic: Then, add 1 clove of minced garlic. If you’re out of minced, you can use 1/4 tsp of garlic powder.
- Lime juice: Last but not least, finish off the cod seasoning with the juice of 1 lime (around 2 tbsp).
- Greek yogurt: the base of the sauce begins with 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt.
- Mayonnaise: 2 tbsp of mayonnaise will thicken up the sauce a bit.
- Lime juice: Next, add more lime flavor by including the juice of 1 lime in the sauce (about 2 tbsp).
- Seasonings: Finally, add the seasonings. Use 1/2 tsp each of salt, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.
Tortillas + Toppiungs
- Tortillas: These fillings will fill 7-8 8-inch tortillas. You can use either flour or corn. Both taste great!
- Toppings: For toppings, prepare avocado slices, red cabbage shreds, and cilantro.
Kitchen tools needed to make grilled cod fish tacos
Before you dive in, gather the following kitchen tools:
- Plate or tray to season the cod
- Paper towels
- Food brush (optional)
- Small mixing bowl
- Stirring utensil
- Medium mixing bowl
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups: 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, and 1/2 cup
How to make grilled fish tacos with cod
Fire up the grill, and let’s get started! We’ll begin by seasoning and grilling the cod, and then we’ll create the sauce and prep the toppings.
Begin this recipe by preheating the grill to medium-high heat and spraying with nonstick spray. Alternatively, you can wipe down the grate with a greased paper towel so it’s non-stick.
Next, prepare the cod. Pat it down to dry and spray it with avocado oil (or brush with oil).
In a small mixing bowl, combine the chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, and lime juice. Brush this mixture onto one side of the cod.
Place the cod on the greased grill, spice side down. Brush the other side with the remainder of the spice mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side depending on the thickness. Once the cod reaches 140°F, remove it from the grill and let it cool.
Grill the tortillas for about 2 minutes per side or until they’re warm and have a few grill marks.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, mayo, lime, salt, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder.
Assemble the tacos by laying out the tortillas and then adding cod, cabbage, avocado, and cilantro. Drizzle the sauce on top and enjoy!
What can I substitute for cod in fish tacos?
If your store is out of cod or you simply wish to use an alternative, haddock and bass make great options.
Can I substitute Greek yogurt?
Typically, sour cream makes a solid substitute for Greek yogurt. Feel free to try it if preferred.
What are my other topping options?
Tacos are versatile, these included. Another delicious topping is this Easy Pineapple Mango Salsa — it adds a fruity twist that tastes delicious with the savory flavors of the fish.
When storing extra fish tacos, it is best to store the ingredients separately, as storing assembled tacos will create soggy tortillas.
Add the fish, toppings, and tortillas to separate airtight containers and refrigerate. The tortillas can also be stored at room temperature if preferred. When ready to eat, reheat in the oven or on the stove. Enjoy within 2-3 days.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
Summer time calls for all of seafood dishes, which means these are a must-try! Give them a whirl after enjoying your fish tacos.
Recipe by Erin Morrissey and Photos by The Mindful Hapa
- 1.5 lbs cod, either in filets or one large piece
- avocado oil spray
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 lime, juiced
Sauce + Toppings
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 7–8 8-inch flour or corn tortillas
- avocado slices
- red cabbage shreds
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat and spray with nonstick spray or wipe down with greased paper towel so it is non-stick.
- Prepare cod by patting down to dry, spray with avocado oil (alternatively brush with oil).
- In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, and lime juice. Brush onto one side of cod.
- Place cod on the greased grill, spice side down. Brush the other side with the remainder of the spice mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side depending on thickness. Once cod reaches 140F, take off. Let cod cool.
- Grill tortillas for about 2 minutes per side or until warmed and have a few grill marks.
- In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt, mayo, lime, salt, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder.
- Assemble the tacos by laying a tortilla out, add cod, cabbage, avocado, and cilantro. Drizzle sauce on top of tacos. Repeat and enjoy!
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