Easy Tilapia Fish Tacos and Sauce

I’ve always loved fish tacos, and making them at home is SO easy! These tilapia fish tacos are full of flavor, and the sauce is absolutely AMAZING. Plus, you can make them in 30 minutes or less! They’re the perfect busy night meal, and they’re delicious. What’s better than a yummy meal that’s quick and easy?

How to Make Tilapia Fish Tacos

First, you’ll prep the fish seasoning. This seasoning has chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, and salt. Mix all of the seasonings, and then sprinkle it onto the tilapia after patting them dry.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, and place the seasoned tilapia on it. Put the tilapia in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes at 400° F. You’ll know that the fish is done when it’s flaky and opaque. You can also test it with a food thermometer, making sure the thickest point of the fish has reached 145° F. When the tilapia is done cooking, squeeze some lime juice over them to add some extra flavor!

While the fish is cooking, prepare the taco sauce. Simply add the sour cream, mayo, lime juice, garlic, Cholula, chopped jalapeño, smoked paprika, and salt to a blender and pulse until smooth.

You can prepare the corn tortillas however you like, or even use flour tortillas if you prefer! I like to heat a pan/griddle with a little bit of cooking spray/oil, then cook the tortillas on each side until they start to develop golden spots.

Then, assemble the tacos with your favorite toppings! I like to add avocado, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese, and some cilantro, but feel free to add whatever taco toppings you like. You could also try adding my favorite guacamole, if you have some extra time! Don’t forget the taco sauce! It’s the star of the show. ?

Try out these tilapia fish tacos and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Easy Tilapia Fish Tacos and Sauce

Recipe by Maddie Saxey
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This calorie estimation is based on a serving size of 2 tacos (2 corn tortillas, and 1 tilapia fillet total), along with all of the toppings listed. However, it only accounts for using half of the fish taco sauce, because this recipe makes a large amount (likely more than you’ll need).


  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 4 oz each)

  • Tilapia Seasoning
  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

  • juice from 1 lime (squeeze on after baking)

  • Fish Taco Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise

  • 3 Tbsp lime juice

  • 2 tsp minced garlic

  • 1 tsp Cholula

  • 1 small chopped jalapeño, deseeded

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

  • Assembly
  • 8s warmed corn tortillas (I like to char them slightly in a skillet on the stove)

  • 1 avocado

  • shredded cabbage (red or green)

  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese (or queso fresco)

  • cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the fish seasoning (everything except the lime juice).
  • Dry each tilapia fillet with a paper towel, and coat both sides with the seasoning. Place on the baking sheet, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until flaky and opaque. Tilapia is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
  • Using a blender, pulse the fish taco sauce ingredients until smooth, and refrigerate until serving.
  • Once the tilapia is done cooking, remove from the oven and drizzle lime juice over the top.
  • Place slices of tilapia on the tortillas and top with avocado, cabbage, cheese, cilantro, and fish taco sauce. Enjoy!

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