Healthier Poached Fish Tacos

Healthier alternative to the typical batter-dipped and fried fish tacos. Flavored with tequila, fresh lime juice, and fresh cilantro, and topped with a smoky chipotle cream.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 tacos


  • 4 (5 ounce) fillets tilapia

  • ½ cup tequila

  • 1 medium lime, juiced

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • ½ (8 ounce) container light sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or more to taste

  • ¾ (5.8 ounce) package hard taco shells

  • ½ head iceberg lettuce, chopped

  • 2 medium roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 medium avocado, chopped


  1. Place tilapia in a non-reactive container with tequila and lime juice. Marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Heat canola oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add tilapia with tequila and lime juice. As the liquid comes to a simmer, break the tilapia up with a spatula until flaky and cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in cilantro.

  3. Combine sour cream and chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce; stir until well combined.

  4. Divide fish between the 8 taco shells. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and sour cream mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

517 Calories
22g Fat
31g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 517
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 19mg 97%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 1144mg 24%

* 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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