Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing


These grilled fish tacos are made with marinated fish fillets and topped with a spicy chipotle-lime dressing. Choose toppings to suit your taste, or include typical accompaniments such as salsa fresca, cabbage, a squeeze of lime juice, and chopped cilantro.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 45 mins


Marinated Fish:

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons lime zest

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into chunks


  • 1 (8 ounce) container light sour cream

  • ½ cup adobo sauce from chipotle peppers

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons lime zest

  • ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay

  • ¼ teaspoon cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 (10 ounce) package tortillas

  • 3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced

  • 1 small head cabbage, cored and shredded

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 2 limes, cut in wedges


  1. Prepare marinated fish: Whisk olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, honey, seafood seasoning, hot pepper sauce, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper together in a bowl until blended. Place tilapia in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over the fish; cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours.

  2. Make the dressing: Combine sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in lime juice, lime zest, seafood seasoning, cumin, and chili powder. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Set the grate 4 inches from the heat.

  4. Remove fish from the marinade, drain off any excess and discard the marinade. Grill fish pieces until easily flaked with a fork, turning once, about 9 minutes.

  5. Assemble tacos: Place fish pieces in the center of tortillas with desired amounts of tomatoes, cabbage, and cilantro; drizzle with dressing.

  6. To serve, roll up tortillas around fillings, and garnish with lime wedges.


The marinated fish in this recipe can also be cooked in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake fish in preheated oven until it easily flakes with a fork, 9 to 11 minutes. Assemble tacos according to directions.

Mahi mahi can be substituted for the tilapia.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

416 Calories
19g Fat
39g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 416
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 644mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 55mg 277%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 751mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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