Blackened Tilapia Fish Tacos


Awesome, easy tilapia fish tacos that leave you feeling full but not sluggish! Serve in tortillas with cheese.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 tacos


Cabbage Slaw:

  • ½ small head red cabbage, shredded

  • ¼ red onion, grated

  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 1 lime, juiced, divided

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 chipotle chili pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • kosher salt to taste

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • 3 avocados

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

  • ¼ onion, minced

  • ½ teaspoon sriracha sauce, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground red chile pepper

  • 4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  1. Place cabbage and red onion in large bowl with cilantro. Mix sour cream, 1/2 the lime juice, honey, chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper together in a separate bowl. Pour dressing over the cabbage mixture. Let marinate, 30 minutes to overnight.

  2. Combine avocados, jalapeno pepper, minced onion, and sriracha sauce in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper; mash to make the guacamole.

  3. Combine the remaining lime juice, brown sugar, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, salt, cumin, and ground red chile in another bowl. Sprinkle evenly over tilapia fillets.

  4. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add tilapia; cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 3 minutes per side. Serve fish topped with slaw and guacamole.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute jalapeno pepper for the chipotle.

Sriracha can be substituted with any hot sauce of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

380 Calories
23g Fat
21g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 380
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 45mg 225%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 1162mg 25%

* 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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