posted in Cinco de Mayo

Broiled Fish Tacos

Cristina Ferrare is the gorgeous and talented hostess of Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love on Oprah’s OWN Network.  She has just published a cookbook:  Big Bowl of Love– Delight Family and Friends with More than 150 Simple, Fabulous Recipes.  In her cookbook shares 150 family-friendly recipes for everything from starters and lunches to dinners and desserts.  Since I’m a big-time fish taco fan, I decided to try her recipe for Broiled Fish Tacos.

Red snapper is simply marinated in oil, cumin, chili powder and lime juice, then it’s drained & broiled until it flakes apart easily.

I used white corn tortillas and topped them with homemade guacamole, the broiled fish, lettuce, cilantro, green onion and chunky tomato salsa.  Oh… and a squeeze of lime, of course.

These fish tacos are everything Cristina promises them to be- a simple, family-friendly, light dinner… that goes well with a tall margarita 🙂

The recipes in this cookbook are not intimidating, and they’re simple enough for any level of cook.  There are many, many beautiful photographs (photography shot by Todd & Diane).  I have two copies of this cookbook to give away. If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Big Bowl of Love, here’s the deal:  Leave a comment below telling me if you’re a fish taco fan or not.  Have you had them before?  If so, where have you found the best fish taco?  I want to know!

This giveaway will end on Sunday evening, May 1st. Here are the two winners- commenter #36 (Cara) and #139 (Kara).  Congrats!

Yield: 4 servings (2 tacos per serving)

Prep Time: 25 min + marinating time

Cook Time: 10 min

Broiled Fish Tacos

A healthy, simple version of Southern California's favorite taco...


1 1/2 pounds red snapper filets, rinsed & patted dry
5 Tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
3 Tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
8 soft corn tortillas, wrapped in foil
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 cups guacamole, purchased or homemade
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 cups fresh salsa, purchased or homemade
3 whole green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 limes, cut into wedges


1. Place fish fillets in a glass dish. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, cumin, chili powder and lime juice; pour over the fish. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to broil setting (or highest baking temperature). Place foil-wrapped tortillas on the bottom rack.Spray a broiler pan with nonstick spray. Remove fish from marinade and place on the broiler pan. Broil 3 inches from the heat source. Broil 7 to 12 minutes on one side only, keeping an eye on the fish to make sure it doesn't burn. It's cooked all the way through when the fish flakes apart easily. Transfer to a cutting board and flake apart into chunks. Remove tortillas from the oven.

3. Assemble the tacos: Place a tortilla on a work surface. Smear a heaping Tablespoon of guacamole over the top of the tortilla. Add a few shreds of lettuce, several chunks of fish, a spoonful of salsa, a sprinkle of green onions and about 1/2 Tablespoon of cilantro.

4. Serve immediately, with lime wedges for squeezing.


*If preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use a brand of corn tortillas that are known to be GF.

Source: (Adapted from Big Bowl of Love)


  1. postedApr 27, 2011 3:12 AM

    I love fish tacos, and so I am exciting to try another version of them!

  2. postedApr 27, 2011 3:32 AM

    Awesome idea! I used to love having these as a kid 🙂

  3. postedApr 27, 2011 3:49 AM

    Love fish tacos! These will be coming to my kitchen soon 🙂

  4. postedApr 27, 2011 3:53 AM

    I love the fish tacos at Baja Fresh. Everything there is so fresh!

  5. postedApr 27, 2011 4:10 AM

    Your fish tacos look way better the ones I had out last night! My favorite Fish Tacos are at Dos Caminos in NYC. I’m always afraid to make them at home but this recipe looks pretty manageable. It might be diner this weekend!

  6. postedApr 27, 2011 4:19 AM

    I love fish tacos. Unfortunately, you can’t find them here in KY, or at least I haven’t. I’ve heard from a trusted blogger that you can find wonderful fish tacos in San Diego. 🙂

  7. postedApr 27, 2011 4:41 AM

    I love fish tacos, the best I ever had were from a small place take out place in San Diego, I wish I could remember the name

  8. postedApr 27, 2011 4:59 AM

    I have never had fish tacos, but this makes me want to try them!

  9. postedApr 27, 2011 5:03 AM

    I like fish tacos. There aren’t many places in MI that have good fish tacos. I had decent ones at this restaurant called J.Alexanders, but overall the best ones I ever ate were in Los Cabos, Mexico. Now those were delish!

    The photos you took so good that I want to try out this recipe! I’ve never made them at home, but I’m interested to try it out.

  10. postedApr 27, 2011 5:06 AM

    OMG fish tacos! I used to live in San Diego and that was the best new thing I ate out there. The fried ones are my favorite, but that’s b/c I like that extra crunch. Rubio’s has them fast-food style and that’s great, but there was also a restaurant near Mission Beach that sold a sampler, so you could get like 6 fish tacos, all with different fish. After a long day of beach volleyball, two of us would go and split a plate. DELISH!

  11. postedApr 27, 2011 5:07 AM

    I am a fan of the unbattered fish taco. The best ones I’ve had so far were at Foodbuzz made my Mary Sue Millican of Borders.

  12. postedApr 27, 2011 5:09 AM

    I’ve never had fish tacos, but a number of my friends have, and they love them and are telling me I have to try them!

  13. postedApr 27, 2011 5:29 AM

    I do enjoy a good fish taco and these look amazing. I had some pretty good ones at Baja Fresh and also a little place in California when we lived there awhile. Can’t remember the name of the place though. This looks like a great cookbook that I’d enjoy cooking from.

  14. postedApr 27, 2011 5:41 AM

    I have never tried them, but I really want to!

  15. postedApr 27, 2011 5:59 AM

    Unfortunately I am not a big fan of fish so I have never tried fish tacos. I would love to try other recipes in the book though!

  16. postedApr 27, 2011 6:23 AM

    I LOVE fish tacos. I moved from CA to the south and haven’t found good fish tacos in my state yet. So, my favorite are the ones that I make from Tyler Florence’s fish taco recipe. I love the pink chili mayo & crunch from the panko crumbs. So yummy. I have introduced them to a few reluctant Southerners and they are big fans of fish tacos now!

  17. postedApr 27, 2011 6:29 AM

    I am a fan of the fish taco! Love them, they are wonderful to fix when the heat climbs in TX. I really can’t say I have found one fish to be better than the other, but I can say I usually grill my fish before using in tacos and that I prefer cabbage over lettuce in this style of taco.

  18. postedApr 27, 2011 6:29 AM

    Haven’t had fish tacos before, but I’m sure we’d like them. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  19. postedApr 27, 2011 6:32 AM
    Megan (Running Foodi

    Oh gosh, I LOVE fish tacos! The best ones I’ve had were on Maui!

  20. postedApr 27, 2011 6:38 AM

    I love fish tacos and I really want some now! I moved recently and need to find a go-to place for them. Or I can just make this recipe ; )

  21. postedApr 27, 2011 6:50 AM

    I am loving Cristina’s new book! We will have to make the fish tacos soon, they look great!

  22. postedApr 27, 2011 6:50 AM

    I’ve never had a fish taco…. I LOVE fish and I LOVE tacos… I’m assuming i’d LOVE fish tacos…. I’d definitely LOVE to try them! Thanks for the recipe!

  23. postedApr 27, 2011 6:53 AM

    I’ve never had one, but I think I would be a fan!

  24. postedApr 27, 2011 7:00 AM
    Mariah Henderson

    I have never had a fish taco–I used to think that they sounded gross, but they’ve been appearing everywhere, so I’m warming up to the idea.

  25. postedApr 27, 2011 7:51 AM

    Would it be wrong to have fish tacos for breakfast?

  26. postedApr 27, 2011 7:53 AM
    Cassandra G.

    I’m not a fish eater, so I don’t have a love for fish tacos. My family sure likes them, though!! 🙂

  27. postedApr 27, 2011 7:56 AM

    I love fish tacos!

  28. postedApr 27, 2011 8:05 AM
    Jennifer W

    I love fish tacos. My favorite restaurant went out of business and I’m trying to find another.

  29. postedApr 27, 2011 8:15 AM

    Fish tacos.. I don’t know.. I can always try it.. Never had it before but it does look good.

  30. postedApr 27, 2011 8:30 AM

    I LOVE fish tacos. My favorite ones are from the golf clubhouse at Mauna Lani Point on the Big Island of Hawaii 🙂 They are delicious and so fresh!

  31. postedApr 27, 2011 8:37 AM

    I LOVE fish tacos, and I’m so excited to try yours!!!

    My favorite fish taco was at TGIFriday’s, but they don’t have it anymore *tear*

  32. postedApr 27, 2011 8:40 AM

    I’m a huge fish taco fan! I think my favorite version is the one made by a good friend of mine who makes them with salmon ceviche and an awesome vinegar-y purple cabbage slaw.

  33. postedApr 27, 2011 8:42 AM
    Cristina B

    Yes I absolutely LOVE fish tacos! The best one’s I’ve ever had were on vacation in San Diego.

  34. postedApr 27, 2011 8:57 AM

    I love fish tacos! The best I’ve had were in Hawaii on the Road to Hana. They were red snapper, and the fish had been caught just a few hours earlier. Delicious!

  35. postedApr 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    I had them once in Florida and LOVED them! We are a taco loving family. However, I have never made them myself. This post has inspired me to make them.

  36. postedApr 27, 2011 9:37 AM
    Melissa G

    I LOVE fish tacos, but have never made them. The best I had were at a little stand in Maui.

  37. postedApr 27, 2011 9:54 AM

    I love fish tacos! Although I’ve never been to CA or Mexico, so I fear the ones I’ve had haven’t been very authentic. Tasty nonetheless! 🙂

  38. postedApr 27, 2011 10:30 AM

    I ADORE fish tacos! It’s my fiance’s favorite dish and I love making it because it’s so easy and so healthy. Usually I grill the fish but recently I’ve been baking the fish with peppers and onions in a foil pack… like fajitas. So delish. To be honest, I’ve never had a restaurant-style fish taco I’ve enjoyed. Typically, restaurants fry the fish, which I’m definitely not a fan of.

  39. postedApr 27, 2011 10:56 AM

    Gorgeous photos!

  40. postedApr 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    I LOVE fish tacos! I have a wonderful version with a latin slaw up on yelleBELLYboo – it’s one of my most popular recipes. I’ve never tried broiling though, great idea!

  41. postedApr 27, 2011 11:42 AM

    My favorite fish tacos are made with grilled tilapia that you squeeze fresh lime juice over right when you take it off the grill then topped with pico and a guacamole-yogurt sauce! Sooo good.

  42. postedApr 27, 2011 11:43 AM
    Deanna D.

    LOVE fish tacos! Bobby Flay has a good recipe that we always use. They are so light and full of flavor!

  43. postedApr 27, 2011 12:12 PM

    I have never tried fish tacos. Maybe it’s time to change that!

  44. postedApr 27, 2011 12:26 PM

    looooooove fish tacos! we’re actually going out for them tonight! 🙂 the best i ever had were from a little truck in san diego!

  45. postedApr 27, 2011 12:38 PM

    I love fish tacos! That reminds me to make them more. We have some tasty ones here in Texas actually!

  46. postedApr 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    Oh my goodness!… The BEST fish tacos can be found in Ocean Beach (San Diego) at South Beach Bar & Grill!!! No doubt… plus, I am sure you have been there!!

  47. postedApr 27, 2011 3:25 PM
    Amanda J.

    I tried fish tacos in a local Chicago restaurant. They weren’t bad, but I imagine they are so much better on oceanside!

  48. postedApr 27, 2011 3:28 PM

    Oh boy! Do I love fish tacos! For some reason I don’t make them that often, I love using leftover salmon for my tacos, some crema with lime and some chipotle sauce…..Yum! I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! The best ones I’ve ever had were at some litte taco shack near the beach in San Diego ( I see that is a popular location here!)

  49. postedApr 27, 2011 3:34 PM
    Stephanie C

    I love fish tacos. The first and favorite place I had them was at Robertos in San Diego. So Yum!

  50. postedApr 27, 2011 3:55 PM

    I love fish tacos! Had them today for lunch. Best place I’ve had them was a little nameless shop outside of Ensenada Mexico, right on the beach. YAY! for a big bowl of love!

  51. postedApr 27, 2011 3:59 PM

    i love fish tacos! well any kind of tacos!! i’ve had them at a few places, but the best place around here is san jose.

  52. postedApr 27, 2011 4:15 PM

    You know, I have never tried a fish taco before…I’ve always been a little afraid of them, haha. These look wonderful though!

  53. postedApr 27, 2011 4:18 PM

    Who doesn’t love fish tacos? These fish tacos look absolutely delectable, so I hope these are win over the ones I am in love with. There’s this restaurant here in Midvale, UT called Hoppers. It’s a great brewery restaurant and they have the BEST halibut tacos. You can get them with tilapia, but the halibut is so yummy. Mmm… now I’m craving tacos…

  54. postedApr 27, 2011 4:29 PM

    I love fish tacos. I’m always a bit apprehensive about trying them in Baja Mexico (I’m out of AZ so I’ve had my fair share of Mexico trips) so I usually make them at home – usually broiled too! With some old bay seasoning. Definitely bookmarking this recipe.

  55. postedApr 27, 2011 4:55 PM

    I loooove them! Its a San Diego staple!

  56. postedApr 27, 2011 6:10 PM

    I have never had fish tacos but my husband and I are on a fish kick and I plan to try this recipe this weekend!!! You have inspired me!

  57. postedApr 27, 2011 6:52 PM
    Jennifer Allen

    I do love fish tacos. I haven’t had them at many places but I do get them regularly at Lazy Dog. It’s actually there island salsa that makes the taco and haven’t been able to duplicate the salsa recipe. They are quite good.

  58. postedApr 27, 2011 8:30 PM

    i’ve never actually had one…they always sounded gross to me and then i had a shrimp taco and loved it and now i’m very interested–but not a lot of places in bowling green ky to get one 🙁

  59. postedApr 28, 2011 12:09 AM
    Ashley Estrada

    I really like fish tacos. I have not yet found a place that makes them really great but I love that they are not heavy and have a clean, refreshing taste to them. I do prefer mine w/lots of lime though =) . Thank you for the giveaway!

  60. postedApr 28, 2011 2:59 AM
    Meredyth H

    I LOVE fish tacos – I find that a spicy remoulade sauce and a crunchy slaw doused in lime juice are two KEY elements!

  61. postedApr 28, 2011 3:29 AM

    Fish tacos are my favorite and this receipe is different than others! Fish tacos are so healthly and satisfying. I would love to win this cookbook. Haven’t bought a new cookbook in awhile. Thanks!

  62. postedApr 28, 2011 4:10 AM
    Judy H

    I love Fish Tacos and I had them at a Rubio’s in San Diego. Now I want to make them at home. This recipe looks awesome!!

  63. postedApr 28, 2011 4:26 AM

    I have never had a fish taco! However, I’ve been wanting to try one; this recipe looks so good….thanks for the post and the chance at the cookbook!

  64. postedApr 28, 2011 4:47 AM

    I have never tried fish tacos but the recipe looks awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win the cookbook.

  65. postedApr 28, 2011 4:52 AM
    Laura P.

    I recently tried fish tacos and fell in love! I had them at a restaurant called Nada in Cincinnati–delish! This recipe looks great–I’ll have to try making them myself! 🙂

  66. postedApr 28, 2011 5:21 AM
    Neil Compton

    Fish Taxis are a “staple” here in S. Florida. Best around here is at Guanabana’s in Jupiter. Great atmosphere and great food!

  67. postedApr 28, 2011 5:31 AM

    I love fish tacos! You would think in coastal Georgia, they would be easy to find. Not! Have to make them myself if I start craving them.

  68. postedApr 28, 2011 5:31 AM

    I have never tried a fish taco but this looks great and so does the cookbook. I really enjoy this blog!

  69. postedApr 28, 2011 5:33 AM

    I have never had fish tacos before! But I have had shrimp, does that count? LOL 🙂 I love shrimp tacos and your pictures make me want to try fish tacos! I now know what I’m cooking for dinner tonight! Thanks!

  70. postedApr 28, 2011 5:36 AM

    I have never had a fish taco before, but those look really, really good! I’ll have to try out the recipe.

  71. postedApr 28, 2011 6:05 AM

    I don’t think I have ever ordered or made fish tacos – but my daughter LOVES them! I have tasted hers before and I did like them. Your photos are beautiful and make me want to prepare these as a special surprise for my darling daughter. They look FABULOUS!!!!

  72. postedApr 28, 2011 6:14 AM
    Bobbie (aka claysmom)

    I am a fish taco fan, but my hubby LOVES them. we are definitely going to try this recipe. The best we have found so far are at a restaurant here in Starkville, MS called The Grill.

  73. postedApr 28, 2011 6:16 AM
    Kelci Lanich

    I love fish tacos but always forget to make them at home! The best I’ve ever had was at a neighborhood restaurant in Cleveland, Luxe- but it was a special and they sadly haven’t had them since!

  74. postedApr 28, 2011 6:23 AM

    I have never had fish tacos yet but have bookmarked several recipes to try! I bet they would be delish! Thanks for the cookbook giveaway!

  75. postedApr 28, 2011 6:30 AM

    The best fish tacos I ever had were at the “San Angel Inn” at the Mexico pavilion in EPCOT. I have never made them on my own, always too afraid. But maybe with the recipe up above, I can give them a try! 🙂

  76. postedApr 28, 2011 6:30 AM
    carolyn milani

    I love fish tacos! Definatley trying these very soon!

  77. postedApr 28, 2011 6:41 AM
    Tina Rhodes

    Love fish tacos!!! My family thinks I am nuts!! Best place I have ever had them is The Thirsty Perch in South Haven, MI. YUM!!!

  78. postedApr 28, 2011 6:42 AM

    I love about any kind of taco – but I’m not a huge fan of fish. Guess I need to substitute the fish for something else and then this would just be the perfect recipe=)

  79. postedApr 28, 2011 6:47 AM

    My husband and I love fish tacos. We are always on the search for the ‘best’ fish tacos on each of our trips. Growing up on the Oregon coast I have had my fair share of amazing fish tacos. Some our favorite places are Duke’s in Huntington Beach, CA ; Uptown Tavern in Denver, CO and Duke’s Chowder House in Seattle, WA. I’m excited to try this recipe, it sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing:)

  80. postedApr 28, 2011 7:00 AM

    I have never tried fish tacos. Kind of afraid to try then out somewhere bc I don’t want to pay for a meal I don’t like and hen still be hungry. Plus, I’m a picky fish eater.

  81. postedApr 28, 2011 7:08 AM
    Karen Jones

    Love love love fish tacos. We serve a similar version with a corn cilantro cream…yumo.

  82. postedApr 28, 2011 7:19 AM

    Love fish tacos! The best ones I’ve ever had (and it was in part due to the atmosphere and company) were in San Felipe, Mexico my senior year of college. We at them at a tiny stand just off the beach — fresh fish, lime plucked off a tree and some wonderful margaritas. Thanks for reminding me of such a pleasant memory!

  83. postedApr 28, 2011 7:20 AM

    I love fish tacos and can’t wait to try this recipe! My favorite fish tacos were homemade. My brother makes the best fish tacos I’ve ever tasted!

  84. postedApr 28, 2011 7:23 AM

    These fish tacos look delicious. I have never had one before. I don’t know why it has taken me so long. I love fish!

  85. postedApr 28, 2011 7:24 AM
    judy jursch

    I absolutely adore fish tacos! I live in So. California and to me they are the ultimate So. California meal! I usually make my own but a great place where I live to have them is Wahoo’s fish tacos. A terrific twist is the shrimp (camarone) tacos in San Felipe, Mexico….fresh from the ocean….yum!

  86. postedApr 28, 2011 7:26 AM

    I LOVE fish tacos. And I think the best ones are made at home!!

  87. postedApr 28, 2011 7:33 AM

    love to fish tacos! new convert…thanks for all your great blogs & recipes

  88. postedApr 28, 2011 7:33 AM

    you immediately had me a “fish tacos”…

  89. postedApr 28, 2011 7:36 AM
    Lisa Myers

    I am new to loving fish tacos, because I am new to loving fish! I had my first in California, and there was no turning back. YUM! Will definitely be trying this recipe, thanks!

  90. postedApr 28, 2011 7:40 AM

    I absolutely love fish tacos, so much so that they’re the only type of taco I order. La Cocina Economica in Chico, CA has to die for fish tacos. Thanks for the recipe.

  91. postedApr 28, 2011 7:42 AM

    Unfortunately, I don’t like fish tacos – I don’t eat seafood… but I LOVE tacos!

  92. postedApr 28, 2011 7:51 AM
    Debra Helmer

    Fish tacos!!! I’m from beef country….Alberta, Canada, but adore fish taco’s! The best I”ve had are from the Flying Fish Grill in Half Moon Bay, CA. At home, I serve mine on corn tortilla’s with chiptole mayo. To die for!!!

  93. postedApr 28, 2011 8:35 AM

    Fish tacos are staple in our house! I love Elie Krieger’s recipe for Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream…spicy, healthy and yummy!

  94. postedApr 28, 2011 8:42 AM
    Nancy L

    I actually have never had a fish taco…and I even lived in California for a short time! Your’s look fabulous and I am definitely going to give them a try.

  95. postedApr 28, 2011 8:49 AM

    I love fish tacos, but only the ones I make myself because all the other places that make them, make their sauces with chilies and/or peppers, which I’m allergic to. I love to experiment with the kinds of fish I use and make different sauces with them. I’m still working on getting my husband to try them though, he says that fish shouldn’t be inside tacos, only beef. One day he’ll try it though!

  96. postedApr 28, 2011 8:53 AM

    I had always thought they sounded awful… till I tried them in Hawaii. Now I can’t get them enough! I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

  97. postedApr 28, 2011 9:09 AM
    Naomi S.

    I love fish tacos! I’ve never attempted to make them myself, but your recipe sounds great, so I think I’ll give it a try. The best fish tacos I’ve ever had were down in Ensenada, Mexico…years ago on a family vacation.

  98. postedApr 28, 2011 9:12 AM

    Yumm…. I’m craving fish tacos … will have to make these very soon!!

  99. postedApr 28, 2011 9:18 AM
    Barbara Kramer

    LOVE fish tacos. In San Diego, my favorite place is Blue Water on India Street. Tacos are offered in a variety of flavors, blackened, chipolte,
    Eager to try the broiled fish tacos.

  100. postedApr 28, 2011 9:19 AM
    Patti Nelson

    Believe it or not, I have never had a fish taco, but am excited about tasting one, as I LOVE fish!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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