Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw + Lime Crema

A flaky, spiced pan-fried fish taco recipe with quick cabbage slaw and the most delicious lime crema. An easy weeknight meal – one of my most popular recipes on the blog!

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I don’t play fast and loose with the words “favourite food”, but fish tacos – done right – are definitely a contender.

Done right doesn’t mean difficult or time consuming – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. My dream taco (what, you don’t dream about tacos?) is just a well-seasoned filet of flakey fish (read: not overcooked), with something crunchy, something creamy, and a good balance of fiery and tangy.

In this recipe, my something crunchy is shredded cabbage slaw (or simply cabbage tossed with lime juice, cilantro and salt) and my something creamy is a lime crema (made with sour cream, mayo, and the juice and zest of a lime). Wrap it up in a flour or corn tortilla (here’s my go-to easy fresh flour tortilla recipe, if you feel like making them from scratch).

It comes together in 15 minutes, and makes a deeeeelicious, healthy, fresh weeknight meal.

I did my fish on a grill pan indoors – just because I felt like hanging out in the kitchen with my friend Clarice who was visiting – but by all means fire up the grill outside. Just grease the grates really well (I rub a wadded up piece of paper towel dipped in oil onto the hot grill using tongs), flip carefully, and keep a close watch so you don’t overcook it. I turn it over when the top edges of the fillet have turned opaque and cook until it is flakey at the edges and just a teensy weensy bit translucent in the centre, as the residual heat will finish off the cooking after it’s removed from the pan.

Feel free to sub in any other white fish or salmon! Very versatile.

If you love fish tacos as much as I do, you must also try my Baja Fish Taco recipe next (the Baja Sauce is to die for)! Or head over here for amazing Chicken Tacos.

Spicy Fish Tacos with Lime Crema | Foodess

Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw + Lime Crema

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Keyword Baja Fish Tacos, Spicy Fish Tacos, Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema



  • Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and cumin. Sprinkle over fish on both sides. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a grill pan on medium-high heat. Add half of the fish and cook until the edges are opaque, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until fish flakes easily with fork, and is just ever-so-slightly translucent (it will finish cooking with the residual heat). Transfer fish to a plate and repeat with remaining fish.
  • Serve fish in warmed tortillas with cabbage slaw and a drizzle of crema.



Calories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 32gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 526mgPotassium: 603mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 634IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Baja Fish Tacos, Spicy Fish Tacos, Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema

Last Updated on October 16, 2023 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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Megan S
Megan S
9 months ago

Really excellent! This is now my go-to fish taco recipe. I ended up making 1/2 the slaw as written and 1/2 with added jalapeno. For science. 😉 The crema is perfect. I made both the slaw and crema a few hours in advance.

Melanie M
Melanie M
1 year ago

5 stars
So delicious! Made the slaw and the crema a little in advance for them to have time to marry. Added a little jalapeño to the slaw as someone else suggested and these were fabulous!

Sandi S
Sandi S
2 years ago

5 stars
Very easy and quick! Delicious! I did add a little bit of chopped jalapenos to the slaw because we like spicy! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

4 years ago

5 stars
These were delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂 just about to post and tag you!

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