Fried Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Salsa


Crunchy fried fish tacos with a delicious and easy homemade chipotle salsa! My husband loves these, and it's a great summer meal to eat outside with a beer or a margarita. Yummy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
24 tacos


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup oil

  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into chunks

  • 24 corn tortillas

Chipotle Salsa:

  • ½ (8 ounce) bottle ranch dressing, or to taste

  • ¼ cup hot chunky salsa

  • ½ lime, juiced

  • 1 canned chipotle chile, thinly sliced

  • 1 small head shredded cabbage, or to taste


  1. Place 1/2 cup flour in a small bowl. Combine remaining flour with panko bread crumbs, seasoned salt, garlic powder, lemon pepper, black pepper, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs in a separate small bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  3. Roll tilapia in flour, dip in the egg mixture, roll in the panko-flour mixture, and place in the hot oil. Fry until light brown, about 3 minutes per side. Place on a paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Heat tortillas in a separate skillet over medium-low heat.

  5. Combine ranch dressing, salsa, lime, and chipotle chile in a small bowl for the salsa.

  6. Divide tilapia over the warmed tortillas and serve with salsa and cabbage.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have or can't find panko bread crumbs, you can use 1/2 cup flour and 2 tablespoons of regular bread crumbs to dip the fish in instead. It won't be as crunchy, but it'll be just as tasty!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 204mg 4%

* 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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