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Big Island Fish Tacos

Big Island Fish Tacos


Big Island Fish Tacos

This is about to become your new favorite fish taco.  Scratch that – your new favorite taco!  It’s an explosion of flavors and textures – the tangy lime juice, the creamy avocado, the cool sauce and the savory fish.  (I shouldn’t write these when I haven’t had lunch).  But, man these tacos are good.  They’re easy too.   All you have to do is round yourself up some fresh fish.  In Hawaii they’ll use Opakapaka.  Isn’t that a great word?  But for the rest of us, cod works wonderfully.  You can either warm the tortillas briefly in a pan or fry them in a little oil.  Either way these are ridiculously easy and tasty.


Fish Tacos

They’re a great quick and delicious dinner.  Tonight!


Big Island Fish Tacos
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This will become your new favorite Fish Taco recipe.  The sauce is fabulous!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 tacos (6 people - 3 tacos each)
For the Garnish
  • 3 limes cut into 6 wedges each
  • 3 avocados cut into cubes
  • 1/8 head red cabbage sliced very thin
  • 1 white onion sliced very thin
For the Sauce
  • 1 lime (3 tablespoons)
  • 8 ounces sour cream (1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann's or Best)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayanne pepper
For the tacos
  • 18 corn tortillas (6 inch size)
  • 2 pounds fish skinless, white flaky fish, such as cod
  • cooking oil
Prep the Garnish
  1. Cut 3 limes into 6 wedges each

    Cut the avocados into chunks

    Slice the onion into thin strips

    Slice the cabbage into thin strips

    Set the garnishes aside

Make the Sauce
  1. Add the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.

Prep the Tacos
  1. Place several tortilla shells in a large skillet over medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until browned in spots.  Alternatively, you can fry them in a small frying pan with 3/4 cup of oil (just enough to cover bottom of the pan to 1/4 inch), then drain on paper towels.

  2. Pat the fish dry on both sides. Season with salt and pepper and a light shake of cayenne pepper.  Liberally coat a grill pan or skillet with oil.  Heat pan over medium-high heat until hot.  Place fish in pan.

  3. Cook fish without moving until the underside of the fish is golden brown, about 3 minutes.  Flip fish and cook the other side until the inside of the fish is white and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes more depending on thickness.  You can cut into the fish to check for desired doneness.    The fish may break apart as you're flipping it and that's fine.  When done transfer fish to a plate or cutting board.  Break the fish up into 1/2 inch pieces.

  4. Divide the fish among the tacos.  Top each taco with the avocado pieces, cabbage and onion to your liking.

  5. Drizzle over the sauce.  Serve with lime slices.


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