Healthy Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw

Healthy fish tacos, almost too pretty to eat... but do it! Add some shredded cheese or extra peppers if you like.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 55 mins
8 tacos


  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into strips

  • ½ cup lime juice

Spicy Dressing:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from chipotle peppers

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle-flavored hot sauce (such as Tabasco®)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Honey-Cumin Sauce:

  • cup lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons honey powder

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Cilantro Slaw:

  • cup shredded green cabbage

  • cup shredded red cabbage

  • cup shredded carrots

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 4 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed

  • 4 (6 inch) flour tortillas, warmed

  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes


  1. Combine tilapia strips and 1/2 cup lime juice in a glass container. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours.

  2. Combine yogurt, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, hot sauce, and salt for spicy dressing in a blender or food processor; pulse until smooth. Refrigerate until needed.

  3. When ready to cook the tilapia, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Remove tilapia from the lime juice and shake off excess. Place in a small baking dish. Discard the remaining lime juice.

  5. Whisk 1/3 cup lime juice, honey powder, avocado oil, cumin, and paprika for honey-cumin sauce together in a small bowl. Pour over tilapia to cover.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, 20 to 30 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, prepare slaw: Combine green and red cabbage, carrots, and cilantro in a bowl. Remove spicy dressing from the refrigerator and pour all but 1/4 cup over the slaw; toss to combine.

  8. Build tacos by putting 1 tablespoon remaining spicy dressing on each tortilla. Top with tilapia strips, slaw, and tomatoes.

Cook's Note:

Use any white fish in place of tilapia, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
11g Fat
46g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 532mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 36mg 178%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 901mg 19%

* 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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