Baja Fish Tacos Recipe with Mexican Lime Crema

Baja Fish Tacos Recipe – flaky white fished baked to perfection with a combination of Baja inspired spices then topped with fresh pico de gallo, avocado and Mexican lime crema.  Serve them in soft shell tortillas or wrap them in lettuce wraps.

Two plates of Baja Fish Tacos on white plates with a blue napkin

Baja Fish Tacos Recipe – A recipe worthy of a fiesta!

I was always afraid to try fish tacos.  At the time my idea of tacos was reserved for ground meat with salsa, cheese and sour cream.  Even with the surge or unique taco flavours it took a long time for me to venture beyond the ordinary.

Then while visiting Mexico a few years ago we were invited by my one of my husband’s senior co-workers to join him and his daughter for dinner.  He has a great place in the centre of Playa Del Carmen which is one of my favourite places to go to for an evening while in the Mayan Riviera.  Playa has changed a lot over the years starting as very low key and authentic to now a booming town filled with trendy shops, restaurants and bars. Still great, just different.

Two plates of a baja fish taco recipe alongside a blue napkin and topped with pico de gallo and Mexican lime crema

My husband’s friend was excited to take us to one of his fave restaurants in town.  I was super excited until I found out the choice was a Mexican seafood restaurant.

Fish Tacos… a journey into the unknown

I was literally scared.  Mexican fish sounded super disgusting.  How was I going to be able to hide my fear and eat Mexican seafood without making a face?  I didn’t want to be rude but at the same time knew I was going to have to put on an Oscar winning performance to not offend.

My husband was a little concerned as well so we agreed to let his friend order for us.  What came out were small bite sized fish taco served on Hicama, lettuce leaves and soft shells.  Each one a little bite of heaven!  I couldn’t believe it.  No Oscar performance required.  Fish tacos are delicious!  Amazing in fact!

A plate of my Baja Fish Tacos Recipe alongside a blue napkin and avocado

Everyone is different but I tend to lose weight overnight when I eat fish especially white fish or shrimp.  This Baja Fish Tacos Recipe is perfect for when I need to slim down a bit and get back on track without sacrificing my lust for good food.

How To The Make Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

Start with a meatier white fish like talapia, basa, haddock or halibut.   Slice length wise and then into 1 to 1 1/2 inch slices.

Raw white fish on a bamboo cutting board

In a small bowl mix the spices and olive oil together.  Place the cut up fish in a plastic bag and add the spice mixture.  Seal bag tightly removing all of the air and then gently massage the fish inside the bag to evenly coat the fish with the spices.  You can make this ahead and let sit overnight if you wish or bake the fish right away.

Sealed plastic bag of cut up talapia and spices.

Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Place seasoned fish pieces on non-stick baking sheet or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes or until fish is flaky. Remove from oven.

Baked white fish for a Baja Fish Taco Recipe on a baking sheet, seasoned and cooked

What Fish is Best For Making Fish Tacos?

Talapia, basa, haddock or halibut are all excellent choices of fish for making fish tacos.  These fishes tend to be a bit meatier and hold their shape well without crumbling or falling apart.

What Does Baja Mean?

I am sure you have heard things referred to as Baja many times but do you really know what that means.  Turns out there is really no meaning to this word as it applies to food but when it is used it refers to Mexican or Latin inspired dishes that are usually associated with Southern California Cuisine.  The fish taco is said to have originated in Baja California  which is why fish style tacos are often called out as Baja Style tacos.  For more on this check out this blog post from Kool1017.com.

Baja Fish Tacos Recipes often are topped with red cabbage, slaw and crema like this Mexican Lime Crema recipe.  I don’t always have cabbage on hand so for a I like to add fresh Pico de Gallo.

Give them a try!  You might fall in love like I have.

5 from 3 votes
Two plates of Baja Fish Tacos on white plates with a blue napkin
Baja Fish Tacos Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

This Baja Fish Tacos Recipe is simple to make using baked white fish spices to perfection then topped with fresh pico de gallo, avocado and Mexican lime crema over lettuce leaves. A light and delicious dinner worthy of a fiesta.

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Baja Fish Tacos Recipe, Dinner Recipes, Fish Recipes, Lunch Recipes, Tacos, Talapia
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 320 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lbs talapia or basa white fish
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 Boston or butter lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup Mexican lime crema
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/2 avocado chopped into small pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Start with a meatier white fish like talapia, basa, haddock or halibut.   Slice length wise and then into 1 to 1 1/2 inch slices.

  3. In a small bowl mix the spices and olive oil together.  Place the cut up fish in a plastic bag and add the spice mixture.  Seal bag tightly removing all of the air and then gently massage the fish inside the bag to evenly coat the fish with the spices.  You can make this ahead and let sit overnight if you wish or bake the fish right away.

  4. Place seasoned fish pieces on non-stick baking sheet or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes or until fish is flaky. Remove from oven.

  5. Wash and dry Boston lettuce leaves and place 2 leaves on a plate per serving.  Place a 1/4 of the fish over the two lettuce leaves.  Top with a tbsp of pico de gallo per taco, 1 tsp of Mexican lime crema per taco and a tbsp of chopped avocado.  Add hot sauce if you like things spicy!

  6. Serve immediately with lots of napkins.

Recipe Notes

If following the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan the container count would be:

1 red, 1 green, 1/2 blue, 2 tsp

Nutrition Facts
Baja Fish Tacos Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.2g 22%
Saturated Fat 4.6g 23%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.7g
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 1270mg 53%
Potassium 598mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 8.6g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 2.6g
Protein 39.6g 79%
Vitamin A 99%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 9%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Baja Fish Tacso Recipe Tips!

Add some hot sauce for a little spice or a 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper to spice mix to add a little heat to your tacos.

Leftovers?  Cover and store in the fridge for the next day and warm up in oven of for 1 minute in microwave.

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