Fish Tacos with Chili Lime Sauce

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
What I love about this recipe for Fish Tacos is you can use any kind of seafood or regular meat fillings you like, it's the toppings and chili lime sauce that's fantastic.

We have tried these with shrimp, scallops, haddock, cod, and mahi-mahi, fried chicken and pork, every single one of these fillings works perfectly in this delicious taco with the sauce.

If you love seafood tacos, this is a must-try for you.

These are so fresh and light and the perfect summer meal that brings you right to an Island-style meal for lunch or dinner.

We are huge seafood lovers and make many fish dishes all year long here in Florida one we love is Cioppino which is a delicious fish stew and every Friday is Fish Fry night!

We just love tacos no matter if it's taco Tuesday or any day of the week and another favorite we make are Air Fried Tacos, you just have to try those too!

If you're not a huge fan of seafood or have allergies, scroll down to my suggestions and alternatives, this chili lime sauce is great on any meats or pick out another dipping sauce we love to make.

The Toppings Are Terrific

We love tacos loaded with shredded sharp cheeses, avocado, lettuce, tomato, olives, sour cream, bell peppers, jalapenos and sometimes even diced cucumbers.

These are the perfect summer tacos and you can mix and match whatever vegetables you like and make a topping bar for everyone to build their own taco the way they like theirs.

You can use flour or corn tortilla and even a flavored tortilla works great if you love spicy try a jalapeno flavored tortilla!

this is tacos filled with fried fish, shredded cabbage, tomato and chili lime sauce

Seafood Suggestions:

  • Haddock
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Scallops 
  • Shrimp

Other Fried Filling Meat Alternatives:

  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Beef or Lamb

this is fish frying in a fry pan coated with seasoned flour

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Fish Tacos with Chili Lime Sauce

Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements and instructions

Chili Sauce topping:

  • light sour cream
  • lime juice
  • minced garlic
  • basil and parsley
  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • mayonnaise
  •  hot sauce


  • Haddock or another white fish filet, cod, or flounder 4 small filets or use Shrimp, Scallops, Lobster or Crab or use chicken, beef,  or pork
  • canola oil for frying
Seasoned flour:

  • flour
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • taco corn shells, or warmed or flour tortillas


  • shredded cabbage slaw or lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • chopped green peppers raw
  • salsa
  • mashed avocado
  • extra sour cream
  • shredded cheeses of choice
  • olives
  • finely chopped red onions

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Our Versatile Taco Recipe

This basic recipe for fish tacos is great, make it your way.

Toppings, other dipping sauces you may like, corn or flour tortilla, anything goes.

Get creative have fun and make a new delicious creation and let me know what you make I would love to hear from you!

Fish Tacos with Chili Lime Sauce

Fish Tacos with Chili Lime Sauce

Yield: 1
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 25 M
These are the most delicious fish tacos ever. If you are looking for a great Island style taco with seafood you just hit the jackpot of all recipes!


  • Chili Sauce topping:
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon each basil and parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of hot sauce
  • Fish:
  • 1 lb Haddock or another white fish filet, cod, or flounder 4 small filets or use Shrimp, Scallops, Lobster or Crab
  • canola oil for frying
  • Seasoned flour:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package taco shells, warmed or flour tortillas
  • Toppings:
  • shredded cabbage slaw or lettuce
  • shredded cheeses of choice
  • sliced olives
  • chopped tomato
  • chopped green peppers raw
  • salsa
  • mashed avocado
  • extra sour cream


How to cook Fish Tacos with Chili Lime Sauce

  1. For the chili lime sauce: Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, spices, lime juice, and hot sauce, mix in a small bowl together and set aside for spreading inside the flour tortilla.
  2. For The Fish: In a plastic bag add flour and seasonings, shake fish, till well coated. 
  3. Fry in canola oil till crispy and browned. Drain on paper towels and prepare the tortilla fillings.
  4. Layer sauce, lettuce, tomato, and peppers on the tortilla. 
  5. Add fish inside a taco.
  6. Top with salsa, mashed avocado, sour cream or more hot sauce and cilantro.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. These really look super-duper! Delicious with a kick!

  2. I always like when you can make something better at home then when you go out. Make it to suit your tastes and enjoy is my motto!

  3. This is the best looking fish taco I have ever seen! Excellent! And with an Italian twist to boot! :D

  4. It looks very good, perfect to enjoy with friends. I like very much that hot sauce, it's very appetizing. Bye, have a great day

  5. I never tried it either.But hey isn't it great we the food bloggers can try new things and surely some of thsoe will become our favorites:)

  6. I love fish tacos...this looks so tasty!

  7. Oh, these are gorgeous! They look like they came fresh from a restaurant yummy, Claudia!

  8. Fish Tacos! Yummy recipe! Am sure my son will love this!Thanks 4 posting!

  9. You've put out some great seafood recently and this is another. We love fish tacos and the chili lime sauce sounds super good

  10. Few things inspire me like finding a plan for something that I can just taste by looking at it. I'll do this in a shallow fry and toast my tacos right on my gas burners. You've helped make my day.

  11. This looks so delicious and something I would order out if it was on the menu. Need to bookmark this recipe for taco night. Yummy!

  12. These sound wonderful! I love fish tacos, so it's always great to find a new recipe for them. Yum!

  13. I bet those tacos were gone in seconds!

  14. Wow, this is so innovative! I've not seen fish wrapped in taco. LOL! My son loves fish & chips. Will try taco instead of chips next time, a healthier choice.

  15. We're trying fish tacos for the first time tonight here :D This is only boosting my confidence (and appetite) for their success!

  16. Looove these, would satisfy any fish taco craving! I know some people that are put off by the idea of fish tacos, but really, that just leaves more for us, right? haha

  17. well heck yeah, love that sauce - and the tortilla filled with a whole fillet, gotta love that...

  18. Love your fish tacos with the Italian spice "twist". Would not be able to order this in any restaurant, for sure. The sauce is incredible, as well!
    A must make for sure:d

  19. Dear Claudia, These just shout summer!!! Looks delicious!! Blessings, Catherine xo

  20. That spicy lime sauce really does up the ante for this fish taco. No wonder you wanted to recreate it. I've seen so many fish tacos that just did not sing to me - but this sings arias.

  21. These tacos look tasty!!

  22. These are fantastic! What a wonderful array of flavors you have going on...delightful :)

  23. I love fish tacos - these look amazing Claudia!

  24. Oooh, spicy spicy! This sounds very good!

  25. Wow! These look sooo good! I am bookmarking this one :)

  26. Fantastic flavors going on here with the spicy chili lime sauce and the seasonings in the flour.

  27. Great way to enjoy some fish tacos!

    Your new background is great.

  28. Looks like you have been making up a tasty fusion dish-the italian spices and the cayenne. Makes for a unique, and I am sure, tasty taco. Nice that you put that big filet in there-no skimping on the fish--Yum!

  29. I'm on a mission to find the best fish tacos and I think it might have happened. The chile lime sauce really makes these BANG!

  30. This was perfect for our taco tuesday dinner yesterday!! Thank you


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