Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos


This week for #SundaySupper, the theme is Back-to-School. Our host, Nicole, from Daily Dish Recipes, challenged us to share a recipe that could be ready to eat in 30 minutes or less. As a homeschooling family, things get quite hectic and crazy in our house, so easy dinners can be a lifesaver. I make a lot of quick dinners, but I think this one has to be my easiest: Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos.

Pre-2009, I never made any fish in our house other than fish sticks and even those weren’t very often. David always said he didn’t like fish, so I never made it. But, around 2009, we started incorporating more healthy meals into our weekly menus. Tilapia was the first type of fish I started serving for our dinners. Most of the time I would bread it with various coatings, but one of our favorite meals has been Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos.

You can use fresh or frozen tilapia fillets, but I almost always use frozen. I place thawed fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I squeeze a lime over the fillets, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and then I sprinkle them lightly with either a seasoning I mix up or sometimes we go for an even quicker fix and sprinkle with David’s favorite McCormick Grill Mates Seasoning (favorites would be the Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning OR the Fiery 5 Pepper).


The fillets are baked in the oven until flaky. While they are baking, I prepare all the toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, shredded cabbage (use a bag of coleslaw mix to make it easy), sour cream, avocado, and salsa. I also heat the tortillas.


Each person assembles their own Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos. One fillet is generally enough for 2-3 tacos, depending on the fillet size. We usually break up the fish a bit on the tortillas. Then, they are topped with whatever topping each person wants to use. We usually serve with canned refried beans (or I thaw and serve homemade ones I have made and frozen previously) and fruit.


Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets, fresh or frozen that has been thawed
  • 1 lime
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Seasoning (see below) or your favorite seasoning
  • Corn tortillas or small flour tortillas
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, shredded cabbage, salsa, sour cream, avocado, guacamole, lime wedges, cilantro
For Seasoning:
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. To make seasoning: Mix together all seasonings and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and spraying with non-stick spray. Place tilapia fish fillets on a baking sheet, and squeeze lime juice over them. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle lightly with seasoning. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish is done (flakes easily with a fork).
  3. While fish is baking, prepare toppings and heat tortillas.
  4. To assemble tacos: place desired amount of fish, broken up slightly, lengthwise in the middle of your tortilla. Depending on the size of your fillet, each one can usually make 2-3 tacos. Top fish with desired toppings and serve.

Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos…that’s my easy dinner idea for hectic weekdays!


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  1. says

    Great minds think alike Brandie! I just made tilapia tacos with cabbage slaw a few days ago. Baking the fish is a great idea. I pan fried my tilapia but I think baking them is a healthier alternative.

  2. says

    Fish tacos are my favorite home-cooked meal! I’m going to try your seasoning — it looks delicious. Probably since I am usually cooking for just two people, I still lightly fry my tortillas one at a time. I heat up a tiny bit of oil with a sprinkle of garlic salt, then I lightly fry both sides. So tasty!

  3. says

    Fish tacos remind me so much of home! I have quite a lot of avocados to use up this week and I love adding them to fish tacos so I think this is a must this week. Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    LOL! I love that I had already planned to have tilapia fish tacos for dinner and opened your blog and bam, there were your fish tacos! :-) I make ours pretty much the same way, except I add a little regular taco seasoning to mine and chop them up into small pieces. Yum, yum!

  5. says

    YUM! I love tilapia and fish tacos. Growing up in a Chinese family, I’ve always eaten lots of fish. Glad to hear that you’ve incorporated it into your meals – it’s such a delicious, healthy, adaptable protein. I love how easy, quick and tasty this recipe is.


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