These crazy delicious Baja Fish Tacos are made with white fish coated in blackening spice rub then pan-seared till tender. They're served with a crunchy and easy to make coleslaw and aji guacamole, my all-time favorite taco sauce. They're a healthy dinner recipe that is gluten-free and (if served with lettuce wraps rather than tortillas) paleo + Whole30 approved, too. Dig in!

These crazy delicious Baja Fish Tacos are made with white fish coated in blackening spice rub then pan-seared till tender. They're served with a crunchy and easy to make coleslaw and aji guacamole, my all-time favorite taco sauce. They're a healthy dinner recipe that is gluten-free and (if served with lettuce wraps rather than tortillas) paleo + Whole30 approved, too. Dig in! | theendlessmeal.com

These delish Baja Fish Tacos are the 21st Throw Back Thursday post here on the blog. If it's your first time here for #tbt, it's the once a month I dig through the recipe archives and revamp an old favorite.

I retake the photos, often rewrite or even tweak the recipe, and reshare it with you. The original Baja Fish Taco photos are … ummm … cute. As in cute embarrassing. But we're OL friends, so I can share the photos I'm less than proud of. If you want to have a laugh at with me, I've hidden the pics just below the recipe. 🙂

This is one throwback post that I tweaked quite a bit. It was important to me that it fit into my Whole30 adventure plan. But even more than that, I wanted to make it healthier, for all of us.

The original recipe called for breading the fish in flour, so I got rid of that. Honestly, why do we even do that? The simple spice rub I used was SO MUCH BETTER than seasoned flour. #OldHabitsDieHard.

After the fish is seasoned, it gets a quick pan-sear so there is a lightly crisped crust and it stays super tender. The blackened fish is piled in your choice of tortillas or lettuce wraps (my choice!) with a bunch of crunchy slaw and then drizzled (or drowned) in aji guacamole.

If you haven't tried aji guacamole yet, please promise me you will. Nothing in this world goes better with Baja fish tacos. ?

These crazy delicious Baja Fish Tacos are made with white fish coated in blackening spice rub then pan-seared till tender. They're served with a crunchy and easy to make coleslaw and aji guacamole, my all-time favorite taco sauce. They're a healthy dinner recipe that is gluten-free and (if served with lettuce wraps rather than tortillas) paleo + Whole30 approved, too. Dig in! | theendlessmeal.com


Original post date: April 1st, 2012

Say the word Mexico and the first three things that pop into my head are sunshine, margaritas, and tacos. By the time you are reading this I'll be sitting on the beach in the sunshine with a margarita in hand and will be thinking about getting off my beach towel and making my way over to the taco stand with the longest line. Long lines = great food, or so my reasoning goes.

I'm counting down the days till I can get my hands on an authentic Mexican taco. Till then I'll be eating this very delicious but very gringo version of a Baja fish taco.

These crazy delicious Baja Fish Tacos are made with white fish coated in blackening spice rub then pan-seared till tender. They're served with a crunchy and easy to make coleslaw and aji guacamole, my all-time favorite taco sauce. They're a healthy dinner recipe that is gluten-free and (if served with lettuce wraps rather than tortillas) paleo + Whole30 approved, too. Dig in! | theendlessmeal.com

The Best Baja Fish Tacos

Crispy fried white fish sit on top of crunchy and slightly sweet slaw and the whole thing with smothered in spicy, cilantro-heavy guacamole. A little dollop of sour cream will help put out the flames in your mouth, if you have a thing against flames in your mouth.

The inspiration for this recipe is from Edible Canada at the Market. It is also pretty kick ass served with a large piece of battered and fried fish on a hamburger bun and topped with preserved lemon aioli.

Eaten as a burger, it is my go to summer camping recipe. (←That is the very first post here on TEM and a planned #tbt for this summer.)  It's super quick and easy to organize whether you are at home or beside a campfire.

These crazy delicious Baja Fish Tacos are made with white fish coated in blackening spice rub then pan-seared till tender. They're served with a crunchy and easy to make coleslaw and aji guacamole, my all-time favorite taco sauce. They're a healthy dinner recipe that is gluten-free and (if served with lettuce wraps rather than tortillas) paleo + Whole30 approved, too. Dig in! | theendlessmeal.com

Healthy fish tacos

Taco recipes are my all time favorite, which you might have noticed given there's about a hundred of them on the blog. Baja fish tacos hold an extra special place in my heart since they are all things healthy but still bursting with flavor.

Baja fish tacos are a super healthy and easy to make weeknight meal. They're also my favorite tacos to make for a taco party. Hello Taco Tuesday! Or is it Sunday Night Taco Night? I vote for tacos every night!

These crazy delicious Baja Fish Tacos are made with white fish coated in blackening spice rub then pan-seared till tender. They're served with a crunchy and easy to make coleslaw and aji guacamole, my all-time favorite taco sauce. They're a healthy dinner recipe that is gluten-free and (if served with lettuce wraps rather than tortillas) paleo + Whole30 approved, too. Dig in! | theendlessmeal.com

If you make these Baja Fish Tacos with Southwest Slaw and Aji Guacamole make sure you snap a pic and tag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!

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These crazy delicious Baja Fish Tacos are made with white fish coated in blackening spice rub then pan-seared till tender. They're served with a crunchy and easy to make coleslaw and aji guacamole, my all-time favorite taco sauce. They're a healthy dinner recipe that is gluten-free and (if served with lettuce wraps rather than tortillas) paleo + Whole30 approved, too. Dig in! | theendlessmeal.com

Baja Fish Tacos with Southwest Slaw and Aji Guacamole

  • Author: The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Cuisine: Easy

Description

These healthy fish tacos are one of my favorites. They sit on a bed of crunchy southwest slaw and are covered in super flavourful aji guacamole. Yum!


Scale

Ingredients

The blackened fish:

  • 1 1/2 lbs white fish (I like basa)
  • Oil, for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoons each: smoked paprika, regular paprika, and chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

The coleslaw:

  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

The tacos:


Instructions

  1. Dry the fish well and place it on a flat surface. (A baking dish works well.) Drizzle the fish with oil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the smoked and regular paprika, chili powder, cumin, and sea salt. Sprinkle over the fish.
  3. In a large bowl, add the green and purple cabbage, carrot, red onion, and cilantro. Add the vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat.
  4. Make the aji guacamole by blending the ingredients in your blender or food processor.
  5. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Oil the pan then add the fish. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the fish starts to look crispy and flakes easily with a fork.
  6. If you're using tortillas, warm them quickly in an oiled pan.
  7. Serve the Baja fish tacos either on tortillas or lettuce wraps topped with the southern slaw, the blackened fish, and a good slather of aji guacamole.

The original photos of the Baja Fish Tacos:

Fish Tacos, Southern Slaw and Aji Guacamole Fish Tacos, Southern Slaw and Aji Guacamole


If you’re interested in learning a few tricks that I did to improve my food photography, check out the posts 10 Food Photography Tips for New Food Bloggers and The 10 Best Food Photography Props to Improve Your Food Photography and The Food Photography Equipment I Use.