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Best Ever Garlic Lime Fish Tacos


Can you believe it’s almost Easter?  I don’t know where the time has gone, but I swear last time I looked I was just finishing up February break.  For those of you looking for something meatless to make soon, I bring you this tasty Good-Friday-appropriate-recipe, which also happens to be a huge favourite in our house: Garlic Lime Fish Tacos!

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Easy Fish Tacos, Anytime

This recipe came about when my husband and I had a craving for fish tacos, but didn’t really like any of the recipes we looked up on the internet.  I decided to take the parts I liked from a couple of different recipes and my version was born.

Related: Easy Guacamole and the most delicious Steak Sandwich you’ve ever tried.

Any firm white fish will do, such as trout, cod, or pollack.  Garlic Lime Aoili amps up the flavour, while avocado provides creaminess, and coleslaw provides crunch.  Everything comes together in under 30 minutes.  Just make sure you have lots of ingredients on hand– your family will be asking for seconds.

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Fish Cooking Tips

If you forgot to take out your fish to thaw, don’t try and thaw it in the microwave.  Fill your sink with warm water and let the fish sit in it.  (Keep the fish in their package.)  Check the fish after 10 minutes, and if it needs more time, drain the water and repeat the process.  Side note: if you need to do this step, your meal will now take more like 40-50 minutes to get to the table.  If at all possible, purchase fresh fish so you can avoid this step entirely.

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Overcooked fish is terrible fish.  Once the fish easily flakes apart or can be cut apart with a fork, it’s done.  Ideally you would turn off the heat when the fish just barely has reached this stage, remove the pan from the element, and let it sit for another minute or two to finish cooking.  However, if you haven’t cooked a lot of fish in your life, this can be tricky to figure out.  In general, if you’ve cooked a white fish fillet for more than 10 minutes, its probably overcooked.

Butter.  Just forget about the calories and fry your fish in butter.  Margarine simply can not do what butter can.


Garlic Lime Fish Tacos

Easy fish tacos with loads of garlic and lime.

Serves 4
8 small soft taco shells,
4 fillets white fish,
Juice of 1 lime, divided,
1 tbsp garlic,
2 tbsp butter,
2 sliced avocados,
1 package coleslaw,
1/2 cup mayonaise,
1 tsp garlic,
1/2 tsp chili powder,
salt and pepper to taste.


Melt butter in a frying pan on medium high. Add fish and sprinkle with juice of half a lime. Sprinkle garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Fry until golden brown, flip, and repeat on the other side. Fry each side approximately 2-4 minutes. To make spicy garlic lime sauce, combine mayo, juice of half a lime, chilli powder, and garlic. To assemble tacos: Spread garlic lime sauce on the taco. Add fish, coleslaw, and sliced avocado. Eat and enjoy!

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Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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