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a serving tray filled with Cornmeal Crusted Fish Tacos and surrounded by bowls filled with a variety of sides and toppings.

Cornmeal Crusted Fish Tacos

These homemade fish tacos are THE BEST. Tilapia fillets are breaded in a cornmeal crust and pan-fried to create delicious and crispy fish tacos. Serve with your favorite tortillas and toppings and enjoy!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Mains
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 221 kcal


  • 6, 3 oz tilapia fillets thawed if using frozen fish (size is approximate)
  • 4 Tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp Southwest seasoning
  • 1/3 C neutral oil + additional as needed*
  • Tortillas and desired toppings for serving


  • Mix together cornmeal and seasoning on a dinner plate and set aside
  • Pat thawed tilapia fillets dry with a paper towel
  • Press each fillet into the cornmeal mixture to create a thin and even coating on each side. Move the fillets around to also cover the edges. Set breaded fillets aside.
  • Place ~1/3 C of oil into a large skillet to create an even, thin layer across the entire bottom of the pan. Heat over medium-high heat until a small drop(s) of water sizzles
  • Cook 2-3 fillets at a time until golden brown on each side and internal temperature is at 145°F (~2mins per side)*
  • Break fillets into smaller pieces and serve with your favorite tortillas and toppings


*Neutral oil options: canola oil or vegetable oil are the oils we generally use when making these fish tacos. You could also use grapeseed oil, or another neutral oil of your choice.
*To keep prepared fish warm as you continue to cook the remaining fillets, place cooked fillets onto a baking sheet lined with paper towel or oven-safe cooling rack and into the oven heated up to 170°F.
*The nutrition facts for this recipe were calculated without a shell/tortilla or toppings as these will vary widely based on personal preference


Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 18gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 309mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 42IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
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