Fish Tacos with Lemon butter sauce

January 19, 2010

One of my favorite dishes at our local Mexican food restaurant Los Cucos is their fish tacos with homemade corn tortillas.  Since we are eating a bit healthier lately I decided to  try recreating this dish at home.  I even made homemade corn tortillas, but I will save that step by step demo for another day.  Today lets focus of the fish tacos.

I used  lemon butter sauce to go on top of the fish along with pico de gallo, cilantro and shredded cabbage.  The flavors were fantastic (if I say so myself).  DT really love them and he’s  not too crazy about fish.  The boys gobbled them up and we had absolutely no leftovers.  A side from making the corn tortillas they were really quick and easy to prepare.

So let me show you what I did.

Ingredients for the fish: 1 lb filet’s of white fish (cod, halibut, tilapia, orange roughy), Fajita seasoning (salt free), salt, 8 warm corn tortillas (wrap in towel and microwave)

Garnish: shredded cabbage, cilantro sprigs, optional, Mexican Muenster, Chihuahua, Cotija or Jack cheese, shredded,  pico de gallo, avocado

Fish. Use any white fish, today I choose Cod, but halibut, tilapia, or orange roughy would all be great.

Cut into 4 equal pieces and sprinkle each side with Fajita seasoning (salt free) I like to use salt free that way you have more control on the amounts of salts your using.  Then sprinkle with salt.

Next in a large skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add your fish fillets

Then cook over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Set the fish aside and sneak a piece of it’s yummy flaky goodness.

Ingredients for the Lemon Butter Sauce: 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 1/2 onion, diced, 1/2 cup white wine, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped, 1/2 of lemon juice

In the same skillet that you cooked the fish in add a drizzle of olive oil and half of one chopped onion cook over medium heat until the onions soften

mean while chop the cilantro

once the onions have a good color to them add the wine

be sure to scrap off all the bits on the bottom that were the flavors from the fish are

cook until the wine is really bubbling and reduces by half

Then over a large measuring cup or bowl, strain the onions (discard) from the wine sauce

then whisk in the butter, till melted

add cilantro

and half of a lemon juice and a dash of salt

and set aside till your ready to serve

When your ready to serve; add fish on top of your corn tortilla

then drizzle on top some of the lemon butter sauce

shredded cabbage

and pico de gallo

go ahead and serve with beans and rice and Nopalitos

Never heard of Nopalitos?  They are cactus and a classic Mexican cuisine.  We just love them.

The lemon butter and fish with the crispy cabbage and nutty tortillas is a flavor combo you just have to experience.

and don’t forget the Margarita’s!

Also be sure to check out my new printable recipe feature!  All my recipes will have this feature soon, I am working on it.

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Fish Tacos with lemon butter sauce

1 lb filets of white fish (cod, halibut, tilapia, orange roughy)
Fajita seasoning (salt free)

8 warm corn tortillas (wrap in towel and microwave)

Heat a non-stick skillet with a small amount of oil. Dry the fish fillets then sprinkle with lemon pepper and pan fry about 3 minutes per side. Set aside and keep warm.

Meanwhile, prepare the lemon butter sauce.

Lemon Butter Sauce

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1/2 of lemon juice

In a sauce pan, heat 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil over medium heat.

Sauté onion until softened and beginning to color, about 1 1/2 minutes

Add wine, increase heat to high and bring to boil, boil until reduced to 1/4 cup — about 3-5 minutes. Remove sauce pan from burner and pour into another container, such as a coffee mug or measuring cup, through a small strainer to strain out the onion, and discard.

Whisk in butter and cilantro — and a squeeze of half a lemon.

Set aside and keep warm until the fish is done.

shredded cabbage (use a mixture of purple and green)
cilantro sprigs, optional
Mexican Muenster, Chihuahua, Cotija or Jack cheese, shredded
salsa fresca or pico de gallo

To serve, fold tortilla in half and layer with fish, lemon butter sauce,  cheese, cabbage and pico de gallo.
Makes about 4 servings.

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Susie's Homemade January 19, 2010 at 5:45 am

I have always been scared of the fish taco but you made it look so yummy:-)


SueSue January 19, 2010 at 6:33 am

Yummy! Uncle B loves fish tacos. I don’t know about making my own corn tortillas. I will have to think about that. Love the new printable recipe, I’m going to have to start a notebook with just your recipes in it. I use them all the time.


Sammy January 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

I’ve never mad Fish Tacos but have always wanted to try them. You have given me the extra push to try them! Thanks for the recipe!


Ashley January 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Yummm!!! These look great! We haven’t had tacos in a while (I went through a taco phase a months ago and we had them once a week, so we’ve been on a taco break, lol).


Gail@FaithfulnessFarm January 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

YUM…we love fish tacos and can’t get them here in the heartland. Yours look wonderful…I’ll have to make them soon 🙂



Andrea January 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Fish tacos are my favorite. I’ve added this link to my bookmarks. Can’t wait to try them…they look delish!


Brenda January 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Fish tacos are amazing. I like the butter sauce in this recipe.


Britni January 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Yummy is right. I’ll be sure to try those. I’ve done the fish tacos before, but your lemon butter is new to me. Did you make the corn tortillas too?


Vanessa January 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I have to try this!! My hubby got hooked on fish tacos when we lived in CA and can’t seem to find a good recipe around here! These look really good! Thanks for sharing!


Shaunta Alburger January 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

Mmm…..I’m definitely trying this one. Fish tacos are my very favorite, and there isn’t a single restaurant in my town that serves them!


Kristen January 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

You have me drooling, these look fabulous! I have been craving mexican food and spicy items- this looks perfect!


nancy January 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Never had fish tacos until my son made them for us on a visit to his home. We really enjoyed them! Your fish looks so wonderful, I’d be happy to feast on that…maybe with just a squeeze of lemon!


Stacie@HobbitDoor January 22, 2010 at 2:56 am

These sound so yummy! We love fish tacos! Can’t wait to try these!


ButterYum January 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

Great tutorial. I’ve never tried fish tacos, but these look really good.



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Amy @ Finer Things January 25, 2010 at 9:10 am

My hubby won’t touch cole slaw, but it sure looks good to me!


Rose March 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Fun! I’m going to try this tonight, only I have to use home canned white fish since our freezer quit and I had to can up a bunch of it. I hope it works! Can’t wait to try. Thanks for the printable portion, so appreciate that.


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Christina December 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I love fish tacos and I love the sauce that you made for yours! I will have to try this!


Jeff April 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

I found your blog by searching the Los Cucos lemon-butter sauce. I am in unabashed love with the “Gallitos Fish” there. In your opinion , how close is the flavor between this sauce and theirs?


jimmy December 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Ive been looking for this all over. Thank you soooo much for sharing with us!


Marsha February 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

These sound Awesome!! Thank you SOOOO much for the pictures. They are Very Helpful!!


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