Want something new on your dinner menu? Try these easy blackened fish tacos! You can throw them together quickly and add a salad on the side for a complete meal.
I once tasted a piece of blackened fish from a sample cart at a store, and it was sooo delicious! Having the desired effect on me, I went straight to the freezer case and considered the product for several minutes. But my budget won the day and I went home without that product.
But I didn’t forget the fish! Instead, I came up with this recipe to recreate the flavor of that sample. And we have enjoyed it for many years.
Warning: it is spicy! Small children or people who can’t handle the heat should beware!
Which tortillas to use
We prefer homemade tortillas, so we take a little more time and make this recipe. But if you need to get the meal on the table quickly, or just don’t want to mess with homemade — store-boughten tortillas work perfectly fine. Use corn or flour, whichever you prefer.
Fish to use for tacos
I like to buy the big packs of individually frozen fish fillets at Sam’s Club, it makes it so easy to pull out the amount we need for a meal. But you can use any fish, just thaw it before you begin the recipe.
My favorite is fresh trout from the river! Nothing beats fresh, you know? But that happens only a few times a year – the rest of the time I use frozen.
Tip: if using frozen fish, thaw and drain well, then press gently between paper towels to get some of the moisture out of the fillets. I find fish that has been frozen tends to be a bit watery.
Is fresh or frozen fish best?
I used to look admiringly at the rows of fresh seafood in the glass case. They are displayed so pretty, and it made me want to cook up a big ole batch of fish!
But then I heard the truth about fresh vs. frozen, and since then, I always buy frozen.
Here is an article that explains why frozen may be fresher than the fish in the case.
How to prepare blackened fish tacos
This beauty of this recipe is how easy it is! Simply stir together the blackened seasoning mix, roll the fish fillets in the seasoning, and fry the fish.
Wrap a piece of fish in a taco, pile any desired toppings on it, and there you go! Delicious and fast!
Blackened fish tacos are great for those days when you just don’t have much time but you want something healthy and homemade.
What to serve with it
We love to pile some fresh pineapple salsa on top of our blackened fish tacos. You can find that recipe here. You can prepare the salsa and keep it in the fridge for several days.
If I am in a hurry, I just put a dollop of sour cream on top and call it good. Some of our kids don’t like any toppings!
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Blackened Fish Tacos Recipe
- 2 lbs fish portions
- 1 recipe Blackened Seasoning
- 6-8 medium size flour tortillas or one batch homemade tortillas.
- sour cream
- Thaw and drain frozen fish.
- Roll each piece in Blackened seasoning.
- Melt butter in a large skillet.
- Add seasoned fish to skillet in a single layer.
- Fry 3-4 minutes on each side, over medium-high heat, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Wrap fish in tortilla, serve with desired condiments.