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Lemon-Lime Cilantro Fish Tacos

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 10 min prep
Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min total
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 10 ingredients

Mild-tasting tilapia is the perfect fish for pairing with strong, bright flavors such as citrus and cilantro. This quick, protein-packed weeknight dish is perfect if you are tired from treatment or simply strapped for time....


  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro (see Chef Tips)
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Greek yogurt, to taste (optional)
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Nutrition Facts


412 cals


18 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

3 g

Monounsaturated Fat

11 g


40 g


2 g


6 g


28 g


612 mg


  1. In a large bowl, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, lime zest, lime juice, minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add tilapia and stir to coat.
  2. Place a sauté pan over medium heat and add remaining oil. Add tilapia and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the fish is opaque and starting to flake. Remove from heat.
  3. In a dry sauté pan over medium low heat, place one tortilla at a time in the pan to heat through.
  4. Place a portion of fish onto each tortilla. Garnish with cilantro and red onion, and a dollop of Greek yogurt, if using.

Chef Tips

If using a BBQ. Just put the marinated chunks of tilapia onto an open foil packet and quickly cook on the grill.

You can use any kind of firm, mild white fish to make this dish, think cod, hake, or haddock.

Not everyone likes cilantro. If that’s your case, chop up a mix of half flat-leaf parsley and half mint.

Registered Dietitian Approved

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