Filed Under: Healthy | Main Dish | Mexican | Seafood | Tacos

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Recipe By Tessa Arias
August 30th, 2011

These healthy fish tacos are super fresh and bursting with flavor and take no time to make!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Fresh, citrus-y, slightly spicy, sharp, sweet. These tacos taste like the beaches of Mexico.
Texture: The fish is slightly charred on the outside, tender and flaky inside. I just love the pop the kernels of corn add.
Ease: Very simple and easy.
Appearance: The green cilantro and lime with the yellow corn is beautifully bright. Plus the fish looks pretty tasty with its grill marks
Pros: Flavorful, healthy, simple.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yep.

These healthy fish tacos are super fresh and bursting with flavor and take no time to make!

Tacos are such a staple dinner food. They’re fast, fun, and easy to eat. I’m sure there are thousands of families in this country who have “Taco Night” but I wonder how many stray from the typical (sometimes bland) ground-beef tacos. If you want to spice up your family’s taco night, add this recipe to this week’s menu. It’s simple, totally weeknight friendly, and good for you. Plus it looks gorgeous on a plate.
By the way, the chipotle cream sauce would taste scrumptious on just about anything. You’re going to love these healthy fish tacos!

How to make
Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
These healthy fish tacos are super fresh and bursting with flavor and take no time to make!


For the fish:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound white, flaky fish fillets, like tilapia, mahi-mahi-, or halibut

For the chipotle cream:

  • 1/3 cup Greek-style nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonaisse
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce

For the tacos:

  • Eight 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn kernals
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • lime wedges


  1. To make the fish, in a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Pour over the fish and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. In another small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, and chipotle. Set aside.
  3. Remove fish from marinade and grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. To prepare tacos, heat the tortillas on the grill or grill pan for 30 seconds on each side.
  5. Flake fish with a fork. Spread each tortilla with 1 tablespoons chipotle cream. Top with the fish, lettuce, corn, and cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Aimee — August 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Gorgeous photo! And I love your 'recipe rundown' section, I think it's a great idea 🙂 The recipe sounds tasty too!

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    Caroline — August 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Fish tacos! Heck yes!

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    JenSchall — August 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Yum! I love fish tacos… I have to make these for dinner later this week!

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    laurenzembron — August 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I adore fish tacos, and am always on the lookout for a new recipe. There are so many versions, and this one looks simply delicious!

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    ursula-apples — August 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I've never had fish tacos before, but these look really yummy!

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    San @ObvCheddar — August 31, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Fish tacos + chipotle cream sauce = epic win. My wife and I both love fish and we absolutely love anything that has to do with chipotles. We will have to give this recipe a try sometime soon!

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    Fisher Boy — September 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    We agree with San–this fish taco recipe is definitely an epic win. Chipotle + taco + delicious seafood is a golden combination. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    Ddawg — September 27, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I just made this for dinner. I have to say, they are the best fish tacos I've EVER had. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Tamera — February 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Sounds delicious! Tired of being disappointed by the fish tacos at more Mexican spots than I can remember. Time to make them on my own!

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    Christine — May 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

    These were the best tacos ever!!! This recipe is definitely a 'keeper'!!!

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