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Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage, Jalapeño, and Lime Slaw

By The Editors

Published June 12, 2023

Melissa Clark’s 'Dinner' is a cookbook I’ve gone to so much, since it first came out, and her fish taco recipe did not disappoint. The highlight is the lime/garlic/sour cream mixture that tops the tacos. I can’t wait to make these again. — Kate Bittman

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Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage, Jalapeño, and Lime Slaw

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Makes 4 servings 1x

Time 25 minutes

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  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, grated on a Microplane or minced
  • 2 limes
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (white and green parts)
  • 1 to 2 jalapeños, to taste, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 12 ounces skinless flaky white fish, such as hake or flounder
  • Corn tortillas, for serving
  • Sliced avocado, for serving (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for serving


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and garlic. Finely grate the zest of 1 lime into the sour cream (reserve the bald lime). Season to taste with salt. Set this lime garlic sauce aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, scallions, and jalapeño. Squeeze in 2 teaspoons lime juice (from the bald lime) and the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Set this slaw aside.
  3. Arrange an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source, and heat the broiler to high.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the cumin, chili powder, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt together to combine. Place the fish on a rimmed baking sheet, and rub the spice mixture all over the fish; then coat it lightly with olive oil. Broil, turning the fish over halfway through, until it is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  5. To serve, flake the fish with a fork. Lightly toast the tortillas over the open flame of a burner or in a large dry skillet over high heat. Fill each tortilla with fish, slaw, and avocado slices if using. Top the filling with the lime garlic sauce and cilantro leaves. Cut the remaining lime into wedges, and serve them alongside.

— Recipe from Dinner: Changing the Game