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Southwestern Fish Tacos

These tacos, native to Southern California, are a real treat. This recipe has been on my family's most requested list for years. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 pound cod or haddock fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 taco shells
  • Optional ingredients: Shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and lime wedges


  • For sauce, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro and 2 teaspoons taco seasoning. In another bowl, toss cod with lemon juice and remaining taco seasoning.
  • In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute cod just until it begins to flake easily with a fork, 4-6 minutes (fish may break apart as it cooks). Spoon into taco shells; serve with sauce and remaining ingredients as desired.
Health Tip: A simple switch to reduced-fat mayo and sour cream in the sauce saves more than 100 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving.
Nutrition Facts
2 tacos: 506 calories, 38g fat (8g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 852mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Roxanne
    Jul 19, 2020

    Not sure where you got this receipe, but it wasn't San Diego. First fake taco seasoning just wouldn't be used and we don't use a mayo sourcream sauce. Salsa and shredded cabbage maybe grilled red onions. So Lady Fingers, where have you gotten your first tacos?

  • Lady Fingers
    Oct 4, 2017

    This is a lovely recipe, quick to make and full of fresh flavors. I used warmed corn tortillas instead of hard taco shells, and chose red snapper for the fish. Be a bit sparing with the creamy sauce, and top with shredded lettuce and really hot hot-sauce for a true San Diego style experience!

  • lvalcani
    Dec 1, 2015

    Very good

  • ElisabethM
    Sep 6, 2015

    My husband liked these, I thought they were just OK. Still looking for that WOW factor in a recipe.

  • JGa2595176
    Jun 24, 2015

    YUM! Had 10 relatives over for a reunion and decided to try a TOH recipe for the first time. Because these recipes are tested and reviewed by other readers, I felt confident trying this one out. Delicious!! I have never made fish tacos before and this was a hit. Will make again for sure. Thanks for a great dinner, and rave reviews from my family. :)

  • MallorieBrugh
    Jul 23, 2013

    No comment left

  • HappyMomx6
    Mar 7, 2013

    Delicious! He sauce makes this dish. I use tilapia and garnish with tomatoes, lettuce, black beans and corn...and plenty of the sauce. I've already made it a couple times and will be making it again soon.

  • Mrs_Lilley
    Mar 5, 2013

    I appreciated the simplicity of this recipe. As a beginner cook, it was wonderful to put such a beautiful meal together so quickly!However, I wasn't a huge fan of the sour cream + taco seasoning sauce. Not quite right. I'd like to figure out another way to make a seasoned sour cream topping.

  • janineemrick
    Dec 21, 2012

    No comment left

  • Needsmusic
    Jan 8, 2012

    We really liked this! We didn't put the sour cream/mayo stuff on it. Just did the lemon/taco seasoning fish as directed and then used a coleslaw mix (with no dressing) and fresh diced tomatoes on it. Paired it with yellow rice and black beans and also had fajita veggies which I liked with the fish as well (ate two different tacos - one with veggies, one without). Even my picky seven year old ate it although he ate it on a whole wheat hot dog roll.