Broiled Fish Tacos

I’m popping in really fast today (wasn’t planning on posting today but couldn’t resist) to tell you I couldn’t let one more day go by without shoving this broiled tilapia taco recipe in your face. It’s been staring me in the face for several months begging to be shared but the poor recipe has been pushed aside several times in favor of other yumminess. Finally, it’s time. I know a recipe is good when the pictures and recipe have been sitting in my file for weeks and weeks and I still want to share it (sometimes the love fades over time, if you know what I mean).

These fish tacos are not only healthy and fast, they are incredibly tasty. I’ve made them a couple of times (the last go-round I ate the flavorful, smoky broiled tilapia on a bed of sautéed cabbage with a healthy dose of salt, pepper and garlic, and it was equally divine) and our love for them continues to grow. It’s a really wonderful thing to see my kids scarf down fish tacos. Soul = singing.

You can’t beat a 30-minute meal that’s good for you and tastes amazing. Ok, later skaters. My time is up and my to-do list is calling. Have a great weekend!

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Broiled Fish Tacos

What To ServeFresh vegetables and fruit (homemade ranch dressing here + a tasty, healthy fruit dip here)
Mexican Corn Salad
Cottage cheese (sounds weird but we eat cottage cheese a lot as a side dish; yummy!)

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Broiled Tilapia Tacos

Yield: Serves 4

Broiled Tilapia Tacos


  • 8 6-inch white or yellow corn tortillas
  • Quick Slaw:
  • 2 cups finely chopped green cabbage or prepackaged angel hair coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 small radishes, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt, plus more to taste if needed
  • Avocado Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and membranes removed
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tilapia:
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 4 tilapia fillets, about 5 ounces each


  1. Preheat the broiler to high with one rack in the center and another placed about 4-5 inches from the top of the oven or heating element.
  2. For the coleslaw, in a medium bowl, toss together all the ingredients. Set aside.
  3. For the avocado sauce, blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Wrap the tortillas in foil and place them on the center rack of the oven to heat through.
  5. For the tilapia, in a small bowl, combine the cumin, garlic powder, oregano and salt. Place the tilapia fillets on a lightly greased baking sheet (you can line with foil and grease the foil to minimize cleanup) and rub lightly on both sides with the oil. Sprinkle both sides of the fish with the spice mixture. Broil on the top rack until the flesh is firm but not overcooked, 5-8 minutes.
  6. To serve, use two forks to lightly break apart the tilapia into pieces. Divide the fish between the tortillas and top with slaw and avocado sauce. Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: barely adapted from Cuisine at Home October 2014

36 Responses to Healthy and Delicious Broiled Tilapia Tacos {30-Minute Meal}

  1. […] Broiled Tilapia Tacos from Mel’s Kitchen […]

  2. Heather bell says:

    These are delish. Blake is allergic to most fish except tilapia. We made this for our “Jesus dinner” on Christmas Eve (Jesus ate fish lol) and everyone loved it!! Even my very picky Brooke.

  3. Tammy says:

    Do you think the cooking instructions would be the same with mahi mahi? My husband doesn’t care for fish, so we rarely cook it, but I bet I could get him to try this!

  4. HeyBeckyj says:

    We made these last night, and they were awesome! My husband has been requesting fish more and more, and I was thrilled to be able to add another fish recipe to our rotation. Thanks!

  5. Kelli says:

    Mel. These are PHENOMENAL! I love how quick they are to the point we were all wishing we had more so I just whipped up another batch. Easy, peasy! I’m craving them already!

  6. Becca says:

    This is my new favorite summertime meal! The flaky, mild tilapia was so easy to broil and totally delicious with the smoky spices. You were right — 8 minutes and it was perfect. The simple slaw and creamy avocado sauce rounded out my taco into flavor perfection. Confession: this was the first time I bought and used a jalapeño! Also, I usually don’t buy fish because I don’t know how to prepare it. But now I do. I’m glad I still have half a bag of frozen tilapia loins from Costco leftover. Thank you!

  7. Ida says:

    Made these tonight. Even my non-fish-liking daughter ate them up. The rest of the family raved about them. Thanks for the great recipe.

  8. Summer says:

    The whole family loved these! Thank you for a new favorite recipe.

  9. Kris says:

    I made this recipe right after you posted it and we loved it. My husband recently had a heart attack and is now on a low sodium diet. He loved the seasoning on the tilapia so much I now make large amounts of the 4 spices ( using just 1/2 tsp. salt per “recipe”) and keep it in a salt shaker. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and especially for helping us find a way to adjust to a more healthy lifestyle.

  10. Rayna V says:

    Yum. I made these for lunch today, and they were fantastic! Super fast and easy too. Thanks, again, Mel.

  11. Carrie says:

    We had these last night for dinner and they were a hit! My boys age 5 and 7 loves fish tacos and each had 3. I used 3 filets for our family of five and it was enough. Great recipe!

  12. I just starting cooking seafood again, and this recipe looks delicious and foolproof. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Michele says:

    Speaking of Costco – they have Tortillaland **fresh** tortillas that you just put in a hot pan, one min per side and they puff up and are chewy and delicious and just the thing to have these fish tacos in!! They are in the refrigerated section, amazing!

  14. Sheila says:

    Winner! Winner! Winner! Left out the radishes, used olive oil. Thank you for posting this healthy, easy, yummy recipe.

  15. Clarissa Meegan says:

    By divine providence I think I had all of these ingredients on hand. Another spectacular recipe from Mel. Thank you!

  16. Kristin says:

    Just made these for dinner. An absolute godsend to former San Francisco Bay Areans living in deepest darkest suburban England. Brilliantly simple recipe, definitely destined to become a staple.

  17. Liz says:

    I am making this TONIGHT! Just bought the fish and have everything else on hand…..Movie night is getting better with this recipe!! 🙂

    • Liz says:

      Updating…We had these for dinner and it was a WINNER! I added a little hot sauce to the sauce for the tacos for a little extra “kick” and LOVED IT! (like, loved the sauce that I ate it with just a plain tortilla when we ran out of fish!!) Thanks again for another meal WIN! 🙂

  18. Siobhan says:

    You’ve done it again, Mel! This recipe is a winner – we had it last night and loved it! Thanks 🙂

  19. Oooh, I love fish tacos and these ones look amazing! Will be trying these soon!

  20. I lust after fish tacos. You really did a number in putting together this version. OMG the sauce!

  21. Caroline says:

    I’ve never had fish tacos but my hubby loves them. Love the simplicity of the recipe; can’t wait to make them! Do you usually double the recipe when you make it for your family?

    • Mel says:

      A couple times I’ve made the recipe as written and just had a few hearty sides but I’ve also halved the recipe again (making 1 1/2 total) and it seems to do the trick.

  22. colleen says:

    I make a very similar recipe weekly, except I use your homemade taco seasoning. 🙂 Thanks!

  23. My husband loves fish tacos and actually likes them better with tilapia than mahi mahi because of its lighter taste. These would be right up his alley!

  24. Kelsey says:

    We eat broiled fish tacos at least twice a month and they are one of my go-to quick meals that I know everyone will love. I will have to give this version a try soon!

  25. Lisa says:

    I have been making fish tacos with Asian coleslaw but didn’t know what to do with the fish to make it more flavorful. This is brilliant! Thanks, Mel!

  26. We love fish tacos. I’m used to the fish being fried….certainly not healthy. I’ll give these a try.

  27. Julia says:

    Do you thaw out frozen tilapia to cook or buy tilapia at the fish counter? This has always been a “logistics” question for me about fish! I think my kids will like this, too!

    • Mel says:

      Most, if not all, of the fish where I live has been previously frozen even if it’s thawed at the meat counter, so I usually buy it in the frozen pouches (from Sam’s Club or Costco if I can get there) and thaw it overnight in the refrigerator for when I want it.

    • Liz says:

      My mom and I were just talking about this… we both shy away from buying anything but frozen fish and seafood because it doesn’t seem like there is good info on how long it has been thawed and/or how many times it has been thawed. Hopefully the frozen stuff was frozen quickly and been kept frozen.

      That said, I am putting in a plug for as a seafood source. (I have no affiliation, I am just a VERY happy customer!) It is not cheap, but all they sell is sustainable and it is mostly processed and frozen right on the boats. If you buy $100 the 2 or 3 day shipping in freezer containers is free. And if you sign up for their emails and shop their sales (10-25% off) AND if you have the freezer space, it is not too bad plus there are other freebies for large orders – I typically get some of their frozen organic blueberries or raspberries which are also wonderful.

      Commercial over 🙂 – great fish taco recipe!

  28. Teresa R. says:

    My daughter and I order fish tacos all the time, but I’ve yet to make them. I’m going to give it a shot and make these over the weekend. Thanks!

  29. Linda Pilkington says:

    My husband was begging for fish last night. You have come to my rescue. Going to make these for dinner tonight.

  30. I love fish tacos! We usually make it with fried fish….broiled sounds much healthier!

  31. I love this! I don’t know why I don’t make fish tacos at home. They are one of my favorite things to order at restaurants. I need to give this recipe a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

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