Spicy Slaw for Fish Tacos


This spicy coleslaw's flavor comes from cilantro and lemon juice and its heat comes from Sriracha hot sauce. It's great with fish tacos or barbecue!

Spicy Slaw for Fish Tacos
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
6 servings


  • ½ medium head cabbage

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • 1 pinch ground cumin, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste

  • ½ medium onion, finely sliced

  • 1 medium carrot, diced

  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, leaves finely chopped


  1. Finely chop cabbage, then cut into short strips. Place in a bowl with garlic, chili powder, salt, and cumin; mix to combine. Mix in mayonnaise and Sriracha. Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

  2. Add onion, carrot, and cilantro; mix to combine. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving so flavors have time to blend.

Cook's Notes:

Cole slaw tastes best if you make it ahead of time, so that the flavors have time to blend. If you do not like spicy food then add a little hot sauce at a time.

This recipe is open to alteration and a lot of it is dependent on how tart, spicy, salty, mayonnaise-y you would like it to be. However, you can always add more of the ingredient that you feel it is missing. You can also add corn kernels for extra flavor and texture if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

65 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 32mg 160%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 216mg 5%

* 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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