Spicy Fish Tacos with Lime

It’s easy to adjust the heat in these Spicy Fish Tacos with Lime. You’ll love that they can be on the table in about 15 minutes!

These slightly spicy fish tacos come together in about 15 minutes!

I first posted these fish tacos waaaaay back in March 2013. It was one of my first recipes! They have been on my list to revamp for months, but I just never got around to it. The recipe is super quick and easy, so I should have found the time to take new photos by now. The thing is, since the recipe is SO quick and easy, I make these tacos when I want a fast and tasty dinner. If I’m in a hurry or low on energy (wait, that’s every day), then I’m not really in the mood to set up for photos before I sit down to eat!

You won't believe that these tart, spicy fish tacos are on the table in about 15 minutes!

This week I finally decided I was going to make time to photograph these tacos. Now I need to redo them again because I hate these pictures! It was dark, and I set up awkwardly on the floor with an artificial light. I swear these tacos are good. Just trust me even if the pictures don’t draw you in ;)

Although these are called spicy fish tacos, the heat is 100% adjustable to your taste. The simple marinade is just oil, hot sauce, lime, and salt. To make them more mild, just reduce the hot sauce! The boldness of flavor also depends on how long you marinate the fish. If you marinate it all day, then you’ll get much more tart, spicy flavor. If you quickly season the fish before cooking it, then it won’t be as noticeable.

These tacos pair perfectly with a fresh margarita. Depending on how much time you have, you can make your own tortillas, salsa, and guacamole, or use storebought versions for any and all of those to keep them simple. I’m sure you’ll enjoy these fish tacos however you decided to make them!

You won't believe that these tart, spicy fish tacos are on the table in about 15 minutes!
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You won't believe that these tart, spicy fish tacos are on the table in about 15 minutes!

Spicy Fish Tacos with Lime

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Fifteen minutes is all you need to make a healthy, flavorful fish taco dinner!

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive or safflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (I used Tapatio brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 11/2 pounds fish fillets (catfish shown here)
  • 810 small tortillas
  • toppings of your choice (shredded cabbage, salsa, sliced avocado, etc.)


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together lime juice, oil, hot sauce, and salt. Add fish and toss to coat. If you have time, leave in marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Saute fish until brown on both sides and cooked through (time varies depending on type of fish).
  3. To serve, place fish on tortilla and top with desired condiments. Yum!
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Angie | Big Bear's Wife
8 years ago

So glad that you remade them and posted about them again! We’re going to love these!

Andi - The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks, Angie ?

Serene @ House Of Yumm
8 years ago

Fish tacos are the perfect summer time meal. Love the spicy kick you added to these!

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Serene! I like adding spicy to most everything ;)

Renee Goerger
8 years ago

Fish tacos are something I rarely ever make. I don’t know why. Especially when I see amazing recipes like your Chili Lime Fish Taco. It’s a stunner, Andi!

The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Renee! You should definitely make yourself some, whichever recipe you choose. I think fish tacos are the best!

Carrie R
8 years ago

Love that you made these fish tacos with catfish! You don’t see that very often. :) They look delicious!

The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks, Carrie! I really like catfish, so I’m happy to use it anyway I can :)

8 years ago

Hello to my next Taco Tuesday!

Nutmeg Nanny
8 years ago

I love that you marinated the fish in lime! It sounds so summery!

Andi - The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thank you!! Have a good weekend :)

Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
8 years ago

I love any kind of healthy easy recipe that I can get on the table fast. But fish tacos…they are such a treat! They are absolutely one of my faves, and my family loves them too! Can’t wait to try these, Andi!

Andi - The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Michelle. Fish tacos are one of my very favorites too. I often order them out, but they are super easy to make at home too!

8 years ago

Nice tacos. Thank you Andi.

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thank you, Liz!! Have a good weekend :)

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