Recipe By zachburks
Published Sep 29th
Prep 30m Cook 10m Additional 1h Ready In 1h 40m
Servings 10 tacos Calories 591

These grilled tilapia tacos are a recipe that I have perfected over a couple of years. They are traditional, wholesome, and a little spicy. Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, chopped, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound fresh tilapia fillets
  • 1 cup Mexican crema
  • 1 dash habanero pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • ¼ medium head green cabbage, julienned
  • ½ red onion, julienned
  • 2 bunches green onions, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 limes, quartered

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Mix canola oil, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, chili powder, lime juice, salt, and black pepper for marinade together in a large bowl. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Add tilapia fillets and marinate in the mixture for 30 minutes, up to 1 hour.
  2. 2 Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove fish from marinade and rub off remaining jalapenos and cilantro.
  3. 3 Cook the marinated tilapia on the preheated grill until easily flaked with a fork, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. 4 Mix Mexican crema and habanero hot sauce together in a small bowl.
  5. 5 Shred cooked fish on a plate using 2 forks.
  6. 6 Heat a skillet over high heat. Warm flour tortillas in the hot pan, about 20 seconds per side.
  7. 7 Place a dab of habanero cream sauce on each tortilla. Place fish on top of cream sauce and add cabbage, red onion, green onions, and cilantro. Top tacos with salsa and a squeeze of lime juice.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 591
  • Carbohydrate 48.6 g
  • Cholesterol 49.2 mg
  • Fat 38 g
  • Fiber 6.3 g
  • Protein 18.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 8.9 g
  • Sodium 1360.7 mg
  • Sugar 5.9 g

Chef's Notes

You can mix the marinade ingredients together a day in advance; You can use serrano peppers instead of jalapeno peppers, if preferred.


  1. I don’t like tilapia. However, this recipe changed my mind for sure! I used broccoli slaw instead of the cabbage and onions but beyond that, I kept the recipe as is. For any non fish lover, this recipe will for sure change your mind! This is such a super yummy recipe that it will definitely - Read more ...