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Baked Tilapia Tacos (with 2-Ingredient Fish Taco Sauce)

CRISPY Baked Tilapia Tacos recipe begins with crispy baked panko crusted tilapia that is seasoned with a flavorful blend of Mexican spices and then drizzled with the BEST sauce for fish tacos that sure is revolutionary!

Today, we are talking tacos. 

More precisely, Fish tacos. Not just any fish tacos. 

The BEST Baked Tilapia Tacos that is made of

  • Crispy baked tilapia fish coated with a spicy mixture and then dredged in panko bread crumbs
  • 2-ingredient sauce that is not your traditional fish taco sauce
  • Shredded cabbage, red onion, cilantro and jalapeños tossed with the same fish taco sauce
  • Sliced avocado
  • Charred corn tortilla
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeños

Drizzle sauce all over the baked panko fish fish tacos and THEN, some more sauce.

My family loves Mexican recipes and we can’t get enough of them. Some of our favorites include – 4-ingredient Salsa ChickpeasSpicy Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and CornChickpea Burrito Bowl or Homemade Chicken Burrito Bowl. 

baked fish tacos

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The secret in making the golden, crispy baked fish lies in toasting the breadcrumbs. A regular coating of breadcrumbs doesn’t necessarily develop a golden color but also results in uneven brown and white crumby look. So, panko is first toasted in a skillet with some oil, until golden and crisp. The fish pieces are then coated with this crumb, making them crispier and more browned when baked!!!

Instead of adopting a regular breading method of flour-egg mixture-bread crumb, I’ve come up with a much easier one which involves tossing the fish in a batter and then coating them with breadcrumbs. The crumbs stay intact and forms a lovely crust on the outside.

Baked Tilapia Fish with Mexican spices is great as is with the fish taco sauce or better yet made into tacos. 


2. REVOLUTIONARY fish taco sauce. 

Traditional sauce for fish tacos are generally made with sour cream, mayo, lime juice, hot sauce and spices. 

But, we take a very different approach!!

Drum rule please.…. The two ingredients are store bought salsa and mayonnaise!!!

Just whisk salsa, mayonnaise and a pinch of salt to make the most amazing fish taco sauce. 

So simple…..So easy…..D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S

Finger licking good! You might also like this Cilantro Lime sauce, that is delicious for all spicy tacos.

NOTE – Since the sauce depends on the salsa for its key flavor, choose a jar of salsa you really love to eat. Check out this creative 6-Minutes, 4-ingredient Salsa Chickpeas made with store-bought salsa.

3. Slaw for fish tacos:

Just your traditional slaw ingredients – cabbage, red onion, cilantro and jalapeños. All tossed with that delicious fish taco sauce. 

You may use a bag of coleslaw mix instead.

Purple cabbage (mixed in along with the green) will also add lovely color. 


Step-1: Char corn tortillas over open flame or on a hot cast iron skillet. ‘

Step-2: Place some slaw

Step-3: Top with crispy baked panko crusted Tilapia 

Step-4: Drizzle fish taco sauce

Step-5: Top with avocado, more jalapeños and cilantro

Step-6: More sauce


You are welcome. 

How to make it spicier? 

You may adopt one or all of the following steps to amp up the spiciness:

  1. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper along with egg/cornstarch batter
  2. Choose a spicy salsa 
  3. Add more chopped or grated jalapeños into the slaw
  4. Load up on sliced jalapeños to  finish 

What to serve with fish tacos?

Cilantro lime rice

Spicy Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn

Mexican salad

Chips and Guac

Ice cold margarita

Churros with Nutella ganache <— for dessert


Make baked panko Tilapia fish tacos gluten free – Use gluten free panko bread crumbs and gluten free tortillas

Try a different type of fish like cod or snapper.

This air fried tilapia is also a great alternative instead of the oven baked tilapia.

Try green and red cabbage

What kind of fish do you use for fish tacos?

Any mild, white-fleshed fish is good for fish tacos – like Tilapia, Cod, Halibut, snapper or Mahi Mahi.

What are the spices for fish tacos?

Chili powder, Cumin powder, Garlic powder, Black pepper powder and Paprika.

Topping for fish tacos?

Fish taco topping options are avocado, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, lettuce, jalapeños, cabbage, chopped cilantro, lime juice and Cotija / Queso Fresco cheeses

fish tacos with baked fish

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Chickpea Tacos

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Crispy Baked Fish Tacos with an amazing 2-ingredient Fish Taco Sauce

These baked fish tacos recipe begins with crispy, baked panko crusted fish that is seasoned with a flavorful blend of Mexican spices and then drizzled with the BEST sauce for fish tacos that sure is revolutionary! Creamy ripe avocado, crunchy cabbage, red onion, cilantro and a load of jalapeño slices on charred corn tortillas complete the dish. Then, drizzle more fish taco sauce. It is SO GOOD!!!! 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Baked Fish Tacos, baked tilapia tacos, crispy baked fish tacos, panko crusted fish tacos
Servings: 6 tacos
Author: Maria Doss


Fish Taco Sauce

Slaw for Fish Tacos

  • 4 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeños, sliced (optional)

Addional ingredients, to serve

  • One batch Crispy Baked Tilapia
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 2 ripe avocado, sliced
  • addional sliced jalapenos
  • addional chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges
  • Cotija cheese or queso fresco


Fish Taco Sauce

  • Whisk together salsa, mayonnaise and salt until smooth. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

Make slaw for fish tacos

  • Toss cabbage, cilantro, onion, jalapeño slices and some fish taco sauce together in a large bowl ( Make sure that there is enough sauce to coat well). 

Assemble fish tacos

  • Char tortillas – Toast the corn tortillas on a large dry skillet over medium/high heat or hold them over flame, to char on both sides. (Place tortillas wrapped in a clean dish towel to keep warm). 
  • To serve – Place some slaw on a tortilla, top with some fish (break up pieces to fit), sauce, avocado slices, cilantro, jalapeños and more sauce. 
    It is all about the sauce!


Fish – We used tilapia but you are welcome to use any white fish.
Freeze baked panko crusted fish – Bake fish and let cool completely. Place in a zip lock bag, seal well and freeze. To reheat – Place desired number of fish on a baking sheet, bake in preheated 450 degree F oven for about 15 minutes, until hot and heated through. 
To make more spicy –
  1. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper along with egg/cornstarch batter
  2. Choose a spicy salsa 
  3. Add more chopped or grated jalapeños into the slaw
  4. Load up on sliced jalapeños to finish 
How to cut tilapia fillets? I choose to cut into long very thick strips, since
  1. Perfect size to made into tacos
  2.  More surface area for crispy breadcrumb coating       
But, if you don’t want to cut the fillets, then leave it whole and bake following the recipe and then flake into big chunks before making into tacos. 
Salsa – Use a salsa that you really love to eat. I used this this brand
Slaw – Purple cabbage (mixed in along with the green) will also add lovely color. You may a bag of coleslaw mix instead. 

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