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Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

These Spicy Fish Taco Bowls are loaded with flaky baked tilapia, crunchy cabbage, salsa, veggies and a chipotle crema sauce!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword baked fish recipes, fish taco bowls, fish tacos, spicy baked fish, spicy fish tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie


Spicy Fish

  • 2 medium tilapia filets
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you want it even spicier!)
  • juice of 1/2 lime

Bowl Toppings

  • 1-2 cups diced green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • homemade (or store-bought salsa)
  • cilantro (for garnish)

Chipotle Crema

  • 1-2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce
  • water or lime juice to thin it out to reach desired consistency

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup white rice (cooked to package instructions)
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • juice of 1 lime squeezed
  • 1/4 cup diced cilantro
  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, melt 2 tbsp of salted butter. To this, add the spice rub for the fish. Mix together.

  2. Add the fish to an oven safe baking dish and then gently rub the spices into the fish on both sides! Bake for 10 minutes or until opaque and flaky. Once done, squeeze 1/2 of a fresh lime on top and then use a fork to "shred" the fish for the tacos.

  3. Cook the rice according to package directions. Once finished, add the butter, salt, lime juice and chopped cilantro. Mix together. Taste and add salt. Adjust seasoning if needed.

  4. While the fish is baking, slice and dice your ingredients! Dice the green cabbage into bite size pieces, as well as dice the red onion.

  5. To a small bowl, add the sour cream as well as the chipotle from adobo sauce. Mix together. Add a splash of either lime juice or water to thin out the sauce until your desired consistency is reached.

  6. Time to assemble your bowls! Add the cabbage, cilantro lime rice, red onion, fresh salsa and cilantro to a bowl. Top with the spicy fish. Garnish with an additional squeeze of lime and/or the delicious chipotle crema! Enjoy!