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Baked Coconut Crusted Healthy Fish Tacos

Healthy meets delicious with these Baked Coconut Crusted Healthy Fish Tacos! A wonderful combination of flavors and ready from start to finish in just 30 minutes! Perfect for busy weeknights and pleases both kids and adults. 

July 5, 2019 (Last Updated: August 10, 2019)
These Baked Coconut Crusted Healthy Fish Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa is the best, easy recipe for a quick under 30 minute family weeknight dinner! The cod is baked in the oven until crispy, then paired with cilantro lime cabbage slaw for the perfect finish. {VIDEO} #fish #food #healthy #bakedfish #tacos

Hello everyone I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are surviving the heat! Looking through my current recipes I realized I had not shared ANY recipes utilizing fish! Admittedly, my husband and son are not huge fish eaters so getting them to even try it can be a challenge. These Baked Coconut Crusted Healthy Fish Tacos always hit the spot and go over well with my family! The fish is crispy and has a subtle coconut flavor that feels super summery and pairs great with my Mango Avocado Salsa. Also, this recipe is great because it is ready in only 30 minutes making it perfect for busy weeknights when I have zero time. Enough chat, let’s jump right into this yummy recipe!

What Do You Need To Make Healthy Fish Tacos?

The kitchen tools you will need for these Healthy Fish Tacos are:

  • A Cookie Sheet 
  • An Oven Safe Baking Rack (Optional, but Recommended) 
  • A Shallow and Wide Prep Bowl
  • A Sharp Knife and Cutting Board
  • Prep Bowls for Shredded Cabbage and Mango Avocado Salsa
  • Tongs
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Damp Paper Towels for Warming Tortillas 

The ingredients you will need for this Baked Fish recipe are: 

  • Cod (or Tilapia) 
  • Spices
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Tortillas 
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Extras for Serving

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How Do You Make Coconut Crusted Fish Tacos?

Prep for Coconut Coating and Fish

  1. Combine Panko, coconut and spices in a wide shallow bowl and stir to combine. 
  2. Do your best to slice the cod (or tilapia) into 8 equal finger shaped pieces. 
  3. Working one at a time, take a piece of fish and press all sides into the coating mix, then place on an oven safe baking rack. 
  4. Repeat until all fish has a crispy coating and discard any leftover breading mix. 

Baking and Assembling the Fish Tacos

  1. Once fish is ready, place in the oven on the middle rack for 15-20 minutes until the breading is crispy. Optional: To make you fish extra crispy broil for 2-3 minutes until outside is golden to brown after baking. 
  2. While the fish is cooking, prepare the shredded cabbage, Mango Avocado Salsa and any other extras you would like. 
  3. When the fish is finished, warm your tortillas for 30 seconds in the microwave wrapped in damp paper towels. 
  4. Take a warmed tortilla and top with shredded cabbage, baked fish, Mango Avocado Salsa, and Sriracha (Optional)

Enjoy!

Check out the recipe video below for a more detailed look at prep for this recipe!

Prep image showing breading and fish prep for recipe.

Healthy Fish Tacos Tips and Suggestions

Slice it Right

Depending on your fish shape and size you may get more or less than 8 pieces of fish. For this baked fish recipe each taco gets one piece of fish for a total of 8 tacos. Therefore, if you are concerned about getting enough fish for each taco buy a little more than a 1lb. Worst case you will have extra and some of your tacos will be loaded with delicious baked fish and no one will complain about that!

Raise it Up

While the baking rack is optional I highly suggest using one if you have it. If you just use the cookie sheet the coconut breading on the underside of the fish won’t get as crispy and could be a bit soggy. If you do not have an oven rack and just want to use the cookie sheet make sure you flip the fish halfway through to avoid the soggy bottom disaster.

Anti Stick

Spray the oven safe baking rack with cooking spray to help avoid the coconut breading from sticking and coming off in the oven.

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Common Baked Fish Taco Recipe Questions

How long does leftover baked fish stay fresh?

When stored in an airtight container in the fridge leftover fish tacos will stay fresh for up to 3 days. To rewarm fish place in the microwave until warm. Alternatively, you can bake the fish at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through. This both warms the fish and keeps the breading crisp unlike the microwave.

Can this healthy fish tacos recipe be made ahead of time?

Some of the recipe prep can be done ahead of time, but coating and cooking the fish should be done right before wanting to enjoy these fish tacos. Some prep that can be done ahead of time is:

  • Coating Mix: Can be made weeks in advance and stored in a zip-lock bag at room temperature until ready to use.
  • Shredded Cabbage: The shredded cilantro lime cabbage can be made up to 12 hours ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Mango Avocado Salsa: The Mango Avocado Salsa can be made up to 12 hours ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Is this fish recipe freezer friendly?

No, this baked fish recipe is not freezer friendly and I do not recommend freezing leftovers.

What should I serve these fish tacos with?

I love to serve these fish tacos with my Mango Avocado Salsa and some Sriracha for a spicy kick. If those are your thing some other great serving options are your favorite red or green salsa, sour cream (plain Greek yogurt), guacamole, Tabasco (or another hot sauce of your choice), lettuce instead of cabbage, or any of your other favorite taco toppings!

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I hope you and your family and friends enjoy these Healthy Fish Tacos! If you have any questions or just want to say hello don’t hesitate to comment below!

Happy Eating!

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These Baked Coconut Crusted Healthy Fish Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa is the best, easy recipe for a quick under 30 minute family weeknight dinner! The cod is baked in the oven until crispy, then paired with cilantro lime cabbage slaw for the perfect finish. {VIDEO} #fish #food #healthy #bakedfish #tacos
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Baked Coconut Crusted Healthy Fish Tacos

These Healthy Fish Tacos are baked to perfection and coated with a yummy coconut panko. The best easy weeknight dinner recipe for the entire family! Pair with my Mango Avocado Salsa and Sriracha for the perfect finish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: best baked fish tacos, easy and fast fish tacos, healthy fish tacos recipe
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 333

Ingredients

Lime Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

  • 2 Cups Shredded Cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Pinch Sea Salt

To Serve

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine Panko, shredded coconut, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a wide shallow bowl and stir to combine. Set Aside.
  • Slice cod into 8 equal finger shaped pieces and dip into the breading mixture pressing and coating completely. Set on a Pam sprayed baking rack on a cookie sheet and repeat until all fish is coated. When ready, bake on the center rack for 15-20 minutes until fish is crispy and starting to turn golden. If you want the fish extra crispy, broil on high for 2-3 minutes after baking.
  • While the fish is baking, combine shredded cabbage, lime juice, sea salt, cilantro in a bowl and toss to combine. Set aside until ready to serve. If using Mango Avocado Salsa, see recipe and prep as well. Finally, warm tortillas in damp paper towels for 30 seconds until warm and steamed.
  • When fish is done baking, take a tortilla and top with cabbage slaw, then a piece of fish, then Mango Avocado Salsa and Sriracha if using. Repeat and serve warm. Enjoy!
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Notes

  • Leftover Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Rewarm in the oven or microwave until hot and assemble taco. 
  • Serving Alternatives: Some additional topping options include sour cream, your favorite salsa, guacamole, diced jalapeno, hot sauce of your choice, or any of your other favorites!
  • Suggested Sides: Cooked black beans, rice, and fajita vegetables work as great side dishes for this recipe.
Nutritional Information does not include Mango Avocado Salsa, please see recipe for more information. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tacos | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.4g | Protein: 32.1g | Fat: 5.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 3.1g | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Anu Shukla
    July 26, 2019 at 5:39 am


    Great!
    Love your writing skills,
    keep sharing things like this.

  • Reply
    Blossom Smith
    July 19, 2019 at 7:37 am


    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I’ve made it several times now and everyone in my family loves it. I use my own jalapeño ranch and pico de gallo recipes, but the fish is so good, and so fast. Thanks for a great, easy family meal!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      July 21, 2019 at 1:06 am

      Thank you for your comment, and so glad you love the fish! Jalapeno ranch sounds like a wonderful addition, and I will have to try it next time I make this recipe!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    July 7, 2019 at 8:30 am


    I love fish tacos and a coconut crust sounds amazing.

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      July 13, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Me too! The coconut adds the perfect touch of sweetness!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    July 7, 2019 at 3:54 am

    These crispy and yummy Tacos are a meal for any day. Love the fish and flavorful coconut option to it.

  • Reply
    Patty at Spoonabilities
    July 7, 2019 at 1:44 am


    Fish tacos are my very very favorite! These look so good with the coconut crusted fish. Delicious!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    July 6, 2019 at 11:56 pm


    First of all, I like all the colors in this recipe. You’ve chosen a great background for these tacos and it certainly adds to the overall impression. And second of all, tacos never fail, so I am all over this recipe! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jamie
    July 6, 2019 at 10:43 pm


    These look so crispy and delicious! I love the addition of shredded coconut!

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