Cheater Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are so tasty, but they’re kind of fussy and involved for a weeknight. So, when I saw that Trader Joe’s had frozen breaded cod fillets, I snatched up a box and knew what I had to do. With the fish already done, all you have to do is get your hands on some corn tortillas (cheap, very cheap!), whip up a tasty slaw, and make a simple cilantro crema (sounds fancier than it is). Here’s how to do it…

First, get your fish on a baking sheet and into a preheated oven — they’re already cooked, so all you’re doing is heating them up.


While your fish is baking, make the slaw: Thinly chop half of a small purple cabbage, grate a carrot or two, and mince two stalks of scallions. In a bowl, make the dressing: I combined a few tablespoons mayo, a generous squeeze of sriracha, the juice from half of a lime, 1 teaspoon agave, and 2 teaspoons soy sauce (adds a great saltiness). Whisk and toss with the cabbage mixture.


Make the cilantro crema: I used this recipe as a guideline. Basically, add a bunch of minced cilantro and a squeeze of lime to some sour cream and stir to combine.

Heat corn tacos in a dry skillet, then assemble at the table, with lots of hot sauce handy. I had a batch of my quick picked onions in the fridge, and that was DELICIOUS as a garnish.

P.S. I was really impressed with the quality of the fish — it was really juicy, flaky, and crispy straight out of the oven. I would definitely make these cheater tacos for a small dinner party, too.

11 thoughts on “Cheater Fish Tacos

  1. I’m not ashamed to admit my husband invented his own “fish tacos” with nothing more than baked frozen fish sticks covered in tartar sauce and wrapped in a giant Mission tortilla. No slaw required, so it’s less tasty, but it’ll do the job.

  2. If you wanted to cheat even further…TJ sells a sirachi ranch dressing that I used on fish tacos and it tasted awesome. Thanks for the shortcut on the fish 🙂

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