How To Make The Best Fish Tacos

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Last Updated on February 6, 2023 by Tracy

What to know How To Make The Best Fish Tacos? I got you! Grab the easy recipe and be sure to make that mango jalapeno slaw to go on top of the fish tacos! While this post is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers, all opinions and the recipe are my own.

How to make the best Blackened Fish Tacos with Mango Jalapeno Cole Slaw

How To Make The Best Fish Tacos

I am not sure how I haven’t posted this recipe yet. I make fish tacos at least twice a month. Not only because fish is great for us and delicious, but my Mango Jalapeno Slaw that I make to go on top is killer. I’m not exaggerating. My son will ask me to just make the slaw sometimes…and he’ll just eat that. Now, if you remember, my son isn’t the biggest fruits and veggie guy, so that’s quite a compliment.

How to make Blackened Fish Tacos with Mango Jalapeno Cole Slaw

Ok, let’s talk fish. Some people like it, some people don’t. And most of the folks that don’t like fish is because they say it has a “fishy” smell or taste. Well, it is fish, so some of that is to be expected. But, I have a solution for you. Don’t forever write out fish from your meal plans!

Soak your fish in milk.

What did I just say??? Yep! Soaking your fish in milk before cooking it gets rid of that “fishy” smell or taste that some just don’t like. Soaking fish (actually any meat or protein) in milk helps to tenderize it.

How to make Blackened Fish Tacos with Mango Jalapeno Slaw

Just another one of the many reasons to love milk. Milk is so much more than just a beverage or an ingredient! Need more ideas on how to use milk? Here are 18 other ways to use milk.

You all know that my favorite milk is, of course, Florida Milk. So, the next time you head to the store to grab a gallon or two, look at those little numbers on the container (not the Best By Date) and if it starts with a 12, then you know you are supporting Florida Dairy Farmers.

Blackened Fish Tacos with Mango Jalapeno Slaw

How long should you soak fish in milk?

You will want to soak the thawed fish in milk for at least 20 minutes before cooking.

Blackened Fish Tacos

Do you have to rinse the fish after soaking it in milk?

No, you do not have to rinse the fish off after soaking it in milk. You can pat it dry if you want to, but I didn’t before sauteing it. If you are frying your fish, you never want to put water/liquid in hot oil as it will splatter and you increase your chances of getting burnt.

Best Blackened Fish Tacos


Why should you soak fish in milk before cooking it?

Soaking fish in milk will help alleviate the “fish” smell and really make it tender.

Best Fish Tacos

I used blackening seasoning on my fish, because we like just about everything with a little bit of heat, but feel free to use whatever seasoning your family will enjoy. Personally, I love the blackened fish then the freshness from the slaw.

So, are you ready to find out how to make the BEST Fish Tacos? I’m sure you are…because I am ๐Ÿ™‚ And don’t forget to make that slaw because I am not lying when I say it’s INCREDIBLE.

Best Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos with Mango Jalapeno Slaw

Ready in under 30 minutes, this will soon be your favorite fish taco recipe. Top with homemade mango and jalapeno slaw ad enjoy!
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Course: Dinner, Easy Weeknight Meal or Lunch, Lunch, Lunch/Dinner
Keyword: dinner, easy recipe, easy recipes, fish, healthy, tacos
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Tracy


Fish Tacos Ingredients

  • 2 lbs fish I used Cod
  • 2 cups Florida Milk I used 2%
  • Your favorite seasoning – I used a blackening seasoning
  • 1 tsp coconut oil feel free to substitute your favorite cooking oil
  • Tortillas or hard taco shells for serving

Mango Jalapeno Slaw Ingredients

  • 16 oz bagged coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar you can also use red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1 mango diced


Fish Tacos Instructions

  • Place fish in a large bowl and cover with Florida Milk. Allow the fish to soak for at least 20 minutes. Soaking the fish in milk removes any “fishy smell” and tenderizes the fish.
  • Preheat a cast iron skillet or your favorite non-stick skillet.
  • Add the coconut oil.
  • After the fish has been in the milk for 20 minutes, place it in the heated skillet.
  • Sprinkle on your favorite seasoning.
  • Flip the fish after 2-4 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillets.
  • Sprinkle the other side of the fish with your favorite seasoning.
  • When the fish is flaky and white it is done, approximately another 2- 4 minutes.
  • Serve on soft tortillas or hard taco shells.
  • Top with Mango Jalapeno Slaw.
  • Garnish with queso fresco (or your favorite cheese) and extra jalapeno slices.

Mango Jalapeno Slaw Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients, stir well, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 790mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 1mg
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How To Make The Best Fish Tacos

I hope you enjoy these fish tacos topped with mango jalapeno slaw as much as we do!

Fish Tacos with Blackening Seasoning

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