Tilapia Fish Tacos {Guest Post}

Tilapia Tacos

My name is Suzanne and I’m guest posting today from Frugal Organic Mama.com. I believe that families can eat organic and live green even on a budget and today I’m going to share my $5 dinners version of a family favorite, Tilapia Fish Tacos.

We live just north of sunny San Diego, California where fish tacos are king. They represent both the Mexican influence from our neighbors to the south and the abundance of seafood available just off our shores.


Tilapia Fish Tacos

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes


  • 12 oz tilapia
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 Corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup prepared salsa
  • Lime wedges

Lime Crema

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 1/8 t cumin
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce


Prepare Lime Crema:

Combine ingredients in a mini food processor or bullet style blender and puree.  Serve immediately, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Prepare Tilapia:

  1. Slice tilapia fillets lengthwise and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a shallow bowl, beat egg and set aside.
  3. In another shallow bowl, add ½ cup panko breadcrumbs and mix with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Once your skillet is hot, add 1T olive oil.
  5. Dredge the fish briefly in egg and then the panko and place in the hot skillet.
  6. Cook fish on each side until golden brown, approx. 2 minutes per side.

Tilapia Tacos 2

Assemble Tacos:

  1. Heat tortillas over a burner turned on high for a few seconds each side to warm.
  2. Once warmed through, place tortillas on a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm until serving.
  3. Fill tortillas with 1 slice of fish, cabbage, salsa and lime crema.
  4. Serve with lime wedges.

Suzanne blogs about budget friendly strategies for families to live green and eat organic at FrugalOrganicMama.  She lives in sunny San Diego, California with her husband and 2 young daughters with a third little girl on the way.  Suzanne strive to show readers that eating healthy and organic doesn’t have to cost a lot and that cooking with seasonal ingredients can be fun. 

Check out her 7 Ways to Save on Organic and be sure to read her Zucchini Carrot Mini Muffins recipe ~ yum!

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I have read that farm-raised tilapia is actually unhealthy. I see you are in CA – are you able to get wild caught tilapia out there? I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the East Coast.