Quick and Easy Fish Taco Recipe

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Easy and quick, this Fish Taco Recipe is bursting with flavor! Topped with a simple salad and a drizzle of fish taco sauce, plus no frying!

If you love tacos as much as I do, then this Fish Taco Recipe will be a big hit at your house, just like they were at mine! This is an easy dinner that can be made in 30 minutes or less with some help from Trader Joes. Served with a fresh salad and fish taco sauce, these fish tacos are worth making.

Fish taco recipe

Fish Taco Recipe

To start this fish taco recipe off right, gather up these ingredients:

  • Frozen Prepared Fish Sticks – I got mine from Trader Joes but you could use your favorite brand for this recipe as well.
  • Flour Tortillas – flour tortillas offer a nice soft texture in contrast to the crunchy exterior of the fish sticks.
  • Lettuce – a crisp and refreshing bite.
  • Avocado – creamy and gentle, sliced avocado works swimmingly with these fish tacos.

Fish Sticks

Fish Taco Sauce

A simple fish taco sauce finishes off these tacos and adds a ton of flavor. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Sour Cream – tangy creamy goodness.
  • Mayonaisse – this adds a ton of flavor. Please don’t use miracle whip here.
  • Taco Seasoning – store-bought or a homemade blend, either work.
  • Lime Juice – to give it a hint of tartness.

fish taco sauce

Fresh Salad

To give some variety in this fish taco recipe, I made a fresh salad to go along with it. Alternatively, you can also whip up a nice slaw for the same effect.

  • Black Beans – one can, rinsed and drained. If you rather use another type of bean here feel free.
  • Sweet Corn – one can, rinsed. The sweetness and crunch from the corn are a great addition to these tacos.
  • Tomatoes – diced. For its flavor and acidity.
  • Red Onion –  diced. For its raw bite!
  • Cilantro – chopped, to taste. If you don’t like cilantro don’t add it.
  • Lime Juice – more lime juice to keep everything fresh and lively.
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste.

saladHow to Make Fish Tacos

  1. So, this fish taco recipe starts with store-bought fish sticks. These were beer-battered halibut pieces from Trader Joes. Really tasty. Throw these into the oven to get crispy and golden.
  2. While the fish is cooking, stir up a little fish taco sauce. All this is, is equal parts mayo to sour cream with a little lime juice and taco seasoning. See? Easy peasy. Stir this together until smooth and set aside.
  3. Your fish should still be cooking, so you can stir up a little salad. All that is in here is a can of black beans, a can of corn, diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, more lime juice with a little salt and pepper. YUM.
  4. Also, grab some lettuce and tortillas. Now we can assemble 🙂 Place 1 piece of fish onto 1 tortilla and top with salad, fish taco sauce, lettuce, and avocado. Serve.
fish taco recipe

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Fish Taco Recipe: Super tasty, super EASY and it won’t break the bank. My idea of a great dinner. Here’s the printable–

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5 from 43 votes

Fish Taco Recipe

Easy and quick, this Fish Taco Recipe is bursting with flavor! Topped with a simple salad and a drizzle of fish taco sauce, plus no frying!
servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 8 pieces frozen prepared fish sticks got mine at trader joes
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • lettuce
  • avocado

for the sauce:

for the salad:

  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can sweet corn drained
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • chopped cilantro to taste
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook fish sticks according to package directions until golden and crispy.
  • While fish is cooking, make the sauce: stir all ingredients together until smooth.
  • For the salad, stir all ingredients together until evenly mixed.
  • To assemble, place 1 piece of fish onto 1 tortilla and top with salad, sauce, lettuce and avocado. Serve.


Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 827mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1206IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fish taco recipe, fish taco sauce, Fish Tacos

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63 Responses
  1. Sandy Manning

    5 stars
    There is something about the combination of ingredients that is just delicious. This has become a family favorite. I use a frozen breaded cod that I buy at Sprouts.

  2. Drew

    5 stars
    The lime juice was removed from the sauce, right? Was that and intentional removal, and do you recall how much was in it?

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  6. Jamie

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I just used some haddock filets I had in the freezer, and the salsa and sauce were so easy and delicious! Really easy to adapt with whatever you have on hand! I will make this again!

  7. susie

    5 stars
    thanks for this recipe. I have transformed into something that would fit my dietary needs. I made a flaxseed wrap (wheat belly version) and added leftover tilapia, veggies and spinach and used mayo instead of sauce.

  8. Kathleen

    5 stars
    Being a “newbie” to your site I have to say You and your recipes are amazing! We love Trader Joes and fish tacos and so many we make are just OK but these are the best! We are on no carb/low carb and this will be a couple times a week OR more for us! Sam’s Club also has an Atlantic white fish that is amazing and will try with those too! Thanks so much!

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  11. Deb

    5 stars
    This recipe is genius. Thank you!!

    I made it last week, and my husband loved it so much, he had me make it again tonight for his parents.

    I used the Trident fish sticks from Costco, corn tortillas, plain yogurt instead of the sour cream and mayo for the sauce, and I didn’t have the cilantro or red onion for the salad nor the avocado, and it was all still fantastic.

    Great, great recipe! We will make this many more times.

  12. Gina

    5 stars
    Despite being the easiest, these also stuck out to me as looking the yummiest out of the recipes I researched. I’ve tried fish tacos from scratch a few times and my hubby has liked them but me not so much. I like this recipe much more! Thank you! I didn’t do a pico. Just bought a bag of coleslaw, made some guacamole, and diced some tomatoes. Oh, and made your sauce. So good.

    1. Lauren

      The coleslaw-guac thing is totally making me crave YOUR fish tacos now. I’ll have to make these again your way! Mmm…

  13. Pete

    5 stars
    The pico salad with the addition of corn and black beans was excellent. I have made pico for years with tomatoes, yellow onions, and cilantro…substituted the yellow onion with red and added the corn and black beans and it was great…thanks!

  14. Louanne Midgley

    5 stars
    Just tried these tonight. Delish! My friend pan fries battered frozen fish, breaks it up and adds taco seasoning for a little kick. With your salad and sauce it was divine and so simple! Thanks for the great recipe.

  15. Emmanuel

    5 stars
    Wanted to surprised my wife with dinner, and so I did, the tacos are delicious and the preparation was effortless. My wife and kids praised me for the great dinner time. I’m very thankful for this recipe. May God bless you.

  16. Tina

    5 stars
    Very yummy! Loved the fresh salsa (black bean and corn salad) with the lime. They turned out so good! I used the typical cabbage (with a little green onion and cilantro mixed in) instead of lettuce. That adds a little more crunch. We also used warmed up corn tortillas. We didn’t have any avacados ~ but sounds good too. Thanks for the recipe!
    I picked yours because of your pictures! I was hungry looking at them!

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  18. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    This is how my boyfriend makes his fish tacos! (with storebought frozen fish sticks)…never fails! Though he doesn’t add so many veggies to his 😉 That ‘dressing’ sounds amazing too.

  19. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    I am loving this short cut! I haven’t tried TJ’s fish sticks yet, but now you have me wanting to so I can make this easy weeknight meal!

  20. Chels R.

    Looks insanely easy and very delicious! I’m gonna have to check those fish sticks out the next time i’m at the joes.

  21. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen

    Easy or not, I have no idea how you are keeping up with all of this with a brand new baby in the house. These kinds of recipes are what get us through the week! Looks great 🙂

  22. Michelle

    Yum! I’ve done something similar but dear ol’ TJ’s also has a Cilantro dressing that I’ve used instead of the sauce. Not necessarily as scratch-made but after chasing both kids, sometimes the bottle (dressing) is a necessity for me. : ) Can’t wait to try it with the sauce you use.

  23. ashley - baker by nature

    Came here after reading all of Heidi’s kind words about your blog – and she was so right! Happy I found (or re-found) it!!! And these fish tacos sounds amazing!!! Totally need to try making them asap.

  24. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    These tacos look so scrumptious, Lauren! I am LOVING that salsa and how easy these are!

  25. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    Love this! It does take a village, and Trader Joe’s is definitely a part of that village! 🙂 These tacos look lovely and I especially love the avocados and that creamy sauce… YUM.

    1. Dana

      5 stars
      I never made fish tacos before, but I had fish sticks and soft tacos already so why not. They were super yummy! The best part was the taco sauce. My husband and I went crazy for it. I make the sauce just for a yummy chip dip!