Hawaiian Fish Tacos
This cheater recipe for fast and easy fish tacos is one of my favourites. Super simple to whip up in a jiffy, and my kids can get in on the action helping shred cheese, mix coleslaw and set the table for a quick weeknight dinner!
The first time I had fish tacos was in Hawaii…Maui to be specific. I’m pretty sure I had them almost every meal at various restaurants around the island (Lahaina Fish Company, Hula Grill and Coconuts Fish Cafe in case you’re planning a trip). In those cases, the fish was fresh Ono, that had been swimming in the ocean that morning. Different coleslaws or fresh salsas, topped with varieties of crema…yummy!! My mouth just watered a little writing this!
Unfortunately, living in Ontario, Canada, far from any oceans, the seafood isn’t nearly as fresh, and it’s pretty expensive. Frozen tilapia is a great alternative, or any white fish. My kids are big fans of breaded fish. I know it’s not as healthy, but it’s better than straight up fish ‘n chips, so I take my small wins when I can get them!
I’m sure locals in Hawaii would drop dead at my vain attempts at replicating Hawaiian Fish Tacos. I promise I’ll get back there one day with the boys and show them how it’s done right!
Fast and Easy Fish Tacos Recipe
- 1 box frozen breaded fish
- 1 bag coleslaw mix
- ½ c. coleslaw dressing
- 1 c. grated cheese
- 12 small soft tortilla shells
- ½ c. sour cream
- ⅓ c. mayonnaise
- juice of one lime
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
- Lime wedges
- Cook fish according to package instructions.
- While fish is cooking, mix coleslaw and dressing in a bowl.
- Mix together sour cream, mayo, lime juice, garlic powder and sriracha and set aside.
- Just before serving, warm tortilla shells in microwave for 10 seconds.
- Place 1 portion of fish, shredded cheese, coleslaw on a tortilla shell.
- Fold and top with garlic crema.
- Serve with lime wedge.
For more grown up flavours you could make a salsa with fresh tomatoes, mangoes, red onion and parsley (I am not a cilantro person, but if it’s your thing, I don’t judge). Add toppings like feta cheese, and avocado. If you have a fish monger, or access to fresh fish, definitely try the fresh fish varieties. Mahi mahi, ono, tilapia all make great tacos.
These tacos also make great party food for family get-togethers, or when having friends over for the big game!
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