Make your next taco night a fresh catch with this fish taco recipe! It’s just like you order at your favorite cantina with fresh fish baked to perfection and wrapped up in corn tortillas with homemade crema sauce, shredded cabbage, avocado, and whatever else you like. My whole family loves when taco night takes a seaside spin so come give it a try!

Best fish taco recipe

Best Fish Taco Recipe

Fish tacos make for one of the best dinners of all. They’re easy and they make all seafood lovers happy. It costs less to feed your whole family fish tacos at home, plus you’ll be sure of all the fresh ingredients and the love that’s put into them.

Fish taco ingredients

Fish Taco Ingredients

  • Fish filets – I used (and hence recommend) tilapia.
  • Butter and olive oil – Both keep the fish from sticking when you bake it and the butter adds a richness to the fish.
  • Fish taco seasoning – Make your own with cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Garlic lime crema sauce (Fish Taco sauce recipe) – You’ll make this too with sour cream, mayo, garlic powder, fresh-squeezed lime, and sriracha.
  • Corn tortillas – These are the most authentic tortillas to use with fish tacos.

Easy fish taco recipe

“Carpe Diem does not mean “Fish of the Day”.

Easy Fish Taco Recipe

Dinner is done in 40 minutes and you’ll probably eat it all in 5 seconds, but hey, it’s worth it. These easy fish tacos are just too good to resist and will likely earn themselves a spot in your weekly dinner rotation.

How do you make fish tacos from scratch

How do you Make Fish Tacos from Scratch

You’ll make the fish taco seasoning first and then sprinkle it on both sides of your fish. Then brush it with olive oil and add diced butter before baking at 350F for 30 minutes. While that bakes, make the crema sauce. Then, shred the fish and serve it in toasted corn tortillas. I like setting up a station for my family to grab the toppings so they can put cabbage, avocado, cilantro, and the crema on top. Feel free to add anything else you like too!

How to cook fish tacos

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fish Taco Every Time

  • Season both sides of the fish. Because you’ll shred the fish when it’s done, you want to ensure every bit is flavored with deliciousness!
  • Try different ways of cooking the fish. There are so many delicious ways to cook the fish that will change the flavor and texture of your fish tacos. Whether you’re doing grilled fish tacos, baja fish tacos, battered fish tacos, or a fried fish taco recipe, this recipe will still be similar. The main thing that with change is simply the way you cook the fish.
  • The crema sauce makes it the best. The fish taco seasoning packs a little heat but the crema balances it out. It also adds that key citrus component for perfect umami.
  • The fresher, the better. It should go without saying that if you can get fresh tilapia, it will be an even better fish taco. Frozen will work too, but fresh is always best.

How long to cook fish for tacos

What are fish tacos made of?

Fish tacos are made with a mild white fish that is seasoned with fish taco seasoning and wrapped in corn tortillas with crema sauce and a variety of toppings including shredded cabbage, avocados, and cilantro.

What goes well with fish tacos

What kind of fish is best to use for fish tacos?

Anything that is white-fleshed and mild is a good choice. This recipe calls for tilapia which is quite easy to find in most places though if you can only find grouper, flounder, cod, halibut, snapper, pollock, or mahi mahi, you can use those too.

What kind of fish is best to use for fish tacos

What is Baja sauce made of?

While this recipe uses a crema sauce, Baja sauce is a bit similar with sour cream, mayo, lime juice, seafood seasoning, cilantro, and ancho chile pepper.

What is baja sauce made of

Are corn or flour tortillas best for fish tacos?

Corn tortillas are the best for fish tacos. This is the most authentic choice to the true cuisine. Of course, if you prefer flour tortillas, you may use them if you wish.

Are corn or flour tortillas best for fish tacos

What type of fish is in Baja fish tacos?

In Baja fish tacos, the difference is that the fish is battered and fried. This fish taco recipe uses baked fish that is seasoned with fish taco seasoning.

Does cod work for fish tacos?

Yes, you can use cod for fish tacos. It is white and flaky plus the taste is mild enough to work in a taco recipe.

What fish is used for Rubio’s fish tacos?

Rubio’s makes fish tacos by battering wild Alaskan pollock and frying it to a nice crisp. Then they tuck it into a warmed corn tortilla with salsa, cabbage, and white sauce.

Are corn or flour tortillas best for fish tacos

How to Cook Fish Tacos?

Fish tacos are cooked in the oven. You will bake the fish and then fill the corn tortillas with it. You can also briefly toast your tortillas on the stove top though it’s fine if you don’t. Assemble them and plate them or let your family add the toppings they like on their tacos.

How Long to Cook Fish for Tacos?

It takes 30 minutes to bake the tilapia for your fish tacos at 350F. This gives you plenty of time to prep the sauce and any toppings you’ll be using.

What are fish tacos made of

What Goes Well with Fish Tacos?

Rice (either plain or Mexican style), beans, salsa, guacamole, Mexican street corn, and tortilla soup are all wonderful ways to add more to your meal of fish tacos.

Does cod work for fish tacos

How to Store Fish Tacos

Any leftovers you have from your fish taco dinner need to be refrigerated. It’s best to keep the ingredients separated or you’ll risk compromising taste and texture.

How Long Do Fish Tacos Last?

You can keep your fish tacos in the fridge for up to 3 days, 4 maximum. These are best when they’re fresh though.

How long do fish tacos last

Can You Freeze Fish Tacos?

It’s best to just freeze the fish portion of your tacos. If you have leftovers, you can stow them in the freezer and thaw in the fridge overnight. Then you’ll only have to prep the crema and tortillas.

How to Reheat Fish Tacos?

Take the fish out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to cook them, just throw them in a skillet on medium-low heat until they’ve warmed up.

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Easy Fish Taco Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 215
Easily a crowd favorite fish taco recipe! Fresh fish seasoned to perfection with fresh veggies and a delicious garlic lime crema sauce to top it off. My family LOVES this recipe and yours will too!


  • 5 tilapia filets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 tbsp butter (cubed)

Fish Taco Seasoning

  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper 

Garlic Lime Crema

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 fresh squeezed lime
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 package corn tortillas


  • Combine the the taco seasoning together in a mixing bowl and sprinkle on both sides of the tilapia filet. Brush with olive oil and top with the diced butter. Bake the fish at 350F in the oven for 30 minutes or until completely opaque.
  • Next, make the crema sauce. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, siracha, and lime juice to make the garlic lime crema.
  • Shred the fish and serve in toasted tortillas. Top with cabbage, avocado, cilantro, and the garlic lime crema and any of your other favorite toppings. Serve immediately.
Calories: 215kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

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One of my favorite light and fresh meals to serve is this oven baked salmon recipe. Cooking salmon in the oven is one of the best ways to cook salmon and tastes just like you’d get at a restaurant. The key is using fresh salmon which needs very little to make it taste amazing. My family is always happy to come to the table whenever I serve it.

Best baked salmon recipe

Best Baked Salmon Recipe

Salmon is so delicious on its own that it doesn’t need much fuss. You let the freshness of the salmon shine with a few key seasonings to help bring out its natural flavors. My husband how loves seafood calls this one the best baked salmon recipe in the world. Who needs creamy, canned sauces? Let the freshness do the talking!

Ingredients for baked salmon

Baked Salmon Meal Ingredients

  • Fresh salmon fillet – don’t use frozen or you won’t have the most delicious results.
  • Lemon – lemon slices or lemon juice are always a perfect complement to seafood.
  • Garlic – adds the perfect pungent touch.
  • Rosemary – fresh herbs like rosemary are perfect salmon seasoning to bring out the best flavors.

Easy baked salmon recipe

Easy Baked Salmon Recipe

For those that have never made fish at home, this easy baked salmon recipe will be your new go-to every time you want fresh fish. Cooking salmon in the oven is as simple as adding the salmon and seasonings to foil, sealing it up, and baking it to perfection!

Don’t leave it to salmon else.

How to make baked salmon

How to Make Baked Salmon

The good news is oven baked salmon is one of the easiest ways to cook salmon and is one of the most forgiving. All you’ll need to do is preheat your oven to the right temperature, prep the foil for the salmon, add it in with the seasonings, seal it off, and bake your salmon in the oven. You’ll finish it with a quick broil to add the final touch of flavor!

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Baked Salmon Every Time

  • Always use fresh salmon! – It is never the same when it’s frozen.
  • Room temp – Be sure to let your salmon come to room temperature for 10 minutes before you begin baking it. This will ensure it cooks just right.
  • Seal the foil – For most oven baked salmon recipes, seal it up. This locks in the steam and juices as it cooks in the oven.
  • Don’t forget to broil! – Broil it at the end so the garlic gets the perfect flavor to complement the salmon.

How to cook salmon

Do I need to rinse salmon before cooking?

If your salmon is fresh, there is no need to do so. You can pat it dry after letting it sit out for 10 minutes if needed.

How long to bake salmon

What should I season salmon with?

Salmon is such a tasty fish on its own that it barely needs any help from seasoning. With lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh rosemary, it’s a simple way to bring out the flavor of the fish without overpowering it with salmon seasoning.

What herbs go well with fish?

So many people love dill with fish, but rosemary, which is used in this recipe, also complements it. It depends on the flavors you want to present, but experimenting with fresh herbs can help you find your ideal taste.

What to serve with baked salmon

What is the healthiest way to cook salmon?

There are several healthy salmon recipes, but baking salmon is one of the healthiest ways to cook it. You use less oil and still come out with more flavor. Melted butter is commonly used on salmon but this recipe calls for olive oil as it is healthier.

Is salmon better in the oven or pan?

Salmon is definitely better in the oven. It’s easier cleanup plus your oven will get it to the perfect temperature. This method will keep you from scrubbing a baking pan by using foil.

Should I wrap salmon in foil when baking?

Yes, you absolutely should wrap it in foil to trap in the steam. At the end of the bake time, you’ll open it up and set your oven to broil to finish it off.

What do you soak salmon in before cooking?

Some people will soak salmon in a brine of salt water for 10 minutes before cooking. In this recipe, all you need to do is set it out to room temperature for 15 minutes while your oven preheats.

How do you keep salmon from drying out

How to Bake Salmon in the Oven

Determining how long to cook salmon in the oven will depend on the size and thickness of your cut. A good temperature to cook salmon is 375°F. At a salmon cook temp of 375°F, 15-20 minutes is fairly accurate to cook through. You want to make sure your salmon internal temp reaches about 145°F. The best way to not overcook or undercook your salmon is to use a meat thermometer to check the baked salmon temp internally to make sure its reached 145°F.

Are you supposed to flip salmon in the oven?

No, there’s no need to flip your salmon over in the oven. The skin side will be facing down on top of lemon slices and rosemary sprigs which will keep it from sticking.

How do you bake salmon without overcooking it?

The trick is to cook it at a lower temperature. In this recipe, you’ll preheat the oven to 375F. This will take about 15 to 20 minutes depending on how thick it is. The internal temperature should be 145F when it’s finished.

What temperature should salmon be cooked at?

You’ll cook it at 375F until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 145F.

How long to bake salmon at 350?

At 350°F a 1 lb salmon fillet will take about 20 to 25 minutes for the salmon internal temp to reach 145°F.

How long to bake salmon at 375?

At 375°F a 1 lb salmon fillet will take about 15 to 20 minutes for the salmon internal temp to reach 145°F.

How long to bake salmon at 400?

At 400°F a 1 lb salmon fillet will take about 12 to 18 minutes for the salmon internal temp to reach 145°F.

How long to bake salmon at 425?

At 425°F a 1 lb salmon fillet will take about 7 to 12 minutes for the salmon internal temp to reach 145°F.

How do you keep salmon from drying out in the oven?

The olive oil and lemon in this recipe will keep your baked salmon fillet from drying out. Additionally, sealing the foil around it locks in all the juices and will keep the texture of your fish nice and moist.

What should I season salmon with

Do you cook salmon in the oven covered or uncovered?

In this recipe, I recommend wrapping the salmon loosely in a foil packet. This traps in the steam and creates the perfect conditions to cook it fully without drying it out. 

What is the white stuff that comes out of salmon when you bake it?

That’s just a harmless protein called albumin. It coagulates when the salmon is heated. Cooking with the skin-side down can help reduce the amount of albumin you see.

What is the healthiest way to cook salmon

How to Cook Salmon

You can cook salmon in many ways. Many people enjoy cooking it on the stove, but I love baked salmon in foil with lemon and butter because it’s less hands-on, which is ideal for moms. Plus, that allows me to whip up some side dishes to round out the meal.

How Long to Bake Salmon

It should take about 15 to 20 minutes to bake your salmon. Much of it depends on the thickness of the salmon fillets you have. It should have an internal temperature of 145°F.

What is a good side dish with Salmon?

Salmon is so light and refreshing. You never want to overwhelm it with heavy sides. Asparagus, herb-roasted potatoes, couscous, quinoa, brussels sprouts, or a Greek salad would be lovely with this recipe.

What is the white stuff that comes out of salmon

How to Store Baked Salmon

If you have leftover baked salmon, put the remainder of it in airtight containers or wrap with aluminum foil. It will last up to 4 days in your fridge.

Can You Freeze Baked Salmon?

When you freeze your baked salmon, you can keep it for up to 6 months. This will make it an easy no-fuss meal on a hectic night.

How to Reheat Frozen Baked Salmon

With frozen baked salmon, you should take the container it’s frozen in and place it in the fridge to thaw overnight. If you’re in a hurry, you can immerse that container in cold water.

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Classic Baked Salmon Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 409
Super easy healthy baked Salmon with fresh garlic, lemon, and rosemary. If you're afraid of cooking fish, don't be! This is one of the best and most simple salmon recipes that my family loves. Its very forgiving and comes out great every time!


  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 lbs fresh salmon fillet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp garlic (minced)


  • Take the salmon out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F. While the oven is heating, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. To prevent the salmon from sticking, coat the foil with non-stick spray, and then place two sprigs of the fresh rosemary horizontally in the middle of the baking sheet. Cut one of the lemons into thin slices and lay them down next to the rosemary. Carefully place the salmon fillet on top of the rosemary and lemon slices and drizzle with the olive oil and evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rub to evenly coat the salmon an follow by placing the minced garlic on top. Using a citrus press, juice the second lemon and pour the juice over the salmon. Carefully wrap the salmon by folding the sides of the foil up and over the top of the salmon so that it is completely covered.
  • Bake the salmon in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the salmon is completely cooked through at the thickest part. Once cooked through, change your oven to the broil setting and open the foil and broil the salmon for about 3-5 minutes or until the garlic is golden but not burnt. Once finished, remove and cut the salmon into portions and sprinkle the additional herbs on top and serve.
Calories: 409kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 1210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

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