Pan-Fried Fish Tacos with Spicy Slaw

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Pan-Fried Fish Tacos with Spicy Slaw
Pan-Fried Fish Tacos with Spicy Slaw


  • Slaw
  • ¼ head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, finely shredded
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise

  • Tacos
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds basa fillets
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, or more as needed
  • 8 tortillas, warmed


  1. Combine cabbage with salt in a large bowl; massage cabbage to tenderize. Transfer cabbage to a colander placed over a bowl; drain to remove excess liquid, 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Squeeze as much moisture from cabbage as possible; transfer to a mixing bowl. Mix cabbage with green onions, carrot, and jalapeño pepper.
  3. Whisk Greek yogurt, lime zest and juice, garlic, agave nectar, and mayonnaise together in a small bowl until dressing is creamy; divide into two equal portions. Stir one dressing portion into cabbage slaw mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Mix flour, ancho chile powder, salt, and black pepper together in a wide, shallow bowl. Lightly press basa fillets into the flour mixture to coat.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry basa in hot oil until golden and and the flesh flakes easily, about 2 minutes per side. Flake fish into chunks and spoon into warm tortillas; top with cabbage slaw and serve with reserved dressing on the side.
Mealthy tip:

Lots of light and healthy fish options work well in this recipe. Try rockfish, sole, or tilapia. Note that the fish continues to cook for a little while after it’s been removed from the heat. Let it to sit for 5 minutes or so while you get everything else together. Flake it apart at the last minute for perfectly tender pieces. For a little extra something, top the tacos with avocado slices!


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Katie Hason says:

Really delicious fish tacos! I am not a huge fan of slaw, but I loved this spicy version. It paired perfectly with the tacos. My husband also really loved these. It's our new go-to fish taco recipe.

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Greg Jones says:

The spicy slaw in these tacos are amazing! I fried my corn tortilla shells and grilled the fish. Very good dish, excellent flavor and seasoning.