Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa

Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa - Cumin-rubbed grilled tilapia topped with avocado, mango, jicama and cilantro. |

You know how every once in awhile, you really REALLY get your money’s worth of something? That’s how I feel about the Maui guidebook Jeff and I took on our honeymoon six years ago. We used this thing every day that we were there, letting it guide us on driving tours around the island, to the best beaches for snorkeling, and to amazing local restaurants. We’ve even sent this book along with friends on at least five other honeymoons and vacations. My parents are taking it back this fall for their first trip to Hawaii.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa - Cumin-rubbed grilled tilapia topped with avocado, mango, jicama and cilantro. |

One of the meals the good book guided us to was a small taco joint where I had my first-ever plate of fish tacos. Growing up in a small Midwestern town, fish tacos didn’t really hit my radar before that trip, but I instantly fell in love. I love them (and pretty much all tacos) for a trifecta of reasons: they’re healthy but tasty, they’re easy on your budget, and they’re incredibly fast and simple to pull together.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa - Cumin-rubbed grilled tilapia topped with avocado, mango, jicama and cilantro. |

I used affordable tilapia for these Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa, and rubbed it with cumin for a virtually calorie-free boost of flavor to start with. The fish is thrown on the grill for just a few minutes, then topped with hot sauce and a fresh mixture of avocado, mango, jicama, cilantro and lime juice. This meal would be perfect for a fit family who wants to get cooking together, as one person can be outside grilling the fish, while others can pull together the toppings and warm the tortillas.

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa - Cumin-rubbed grilled tilapia topped with avocado, mango, jicama and cilantro. |

Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 20

Cook Time: 8


  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 jicama, peeled and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds tilapia fillets
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for grill
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • Hot sauce, for serving


  1. Preheat outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, make the Summer Salsa: In medium bowl, toss avocado, jicama, mango, lime juice and cilantro until well combined.
  2. Rub  both sides of fish with cumin, salt and pepper. Lightly brush grill grates with oil; transfer fish to grill. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until opaque throughout, turning once.
  3. Break fish into large chunks and serve in tortillas with Summer Salsa and hot sauce.

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  1. There’s just something about fish tacos and fresh salsa! Delicious recipe!

  2. Now these are my kind of fish tacos! Love that they are grilled and then the fresh toppings. Total summer on a plate.

    • Thanks, Renee! I was kind of nervous grilling fish, since I don’t do it all that often, but it was no trouble at all.

  3. Oh yummy! Loving the addition of mango, jicama and avocado on top. These fish tacos truthfully look much better than any I’ve had out at a restaurant!

    • I think they’re one of the riskiest foods to order at a restaurant, because if they’re good, that’s great. But if they’re bad, they’re usually REALLY BAD! haha.

  4. These tacos look AMAZING! And that bowl is so cute 🙂

    • Thanks Conni! I just picked that up at an art fair I went to with my Mom. I usually scout out jewelry, but this year was all about food photo props 🙂

  5. Oh, Lori, I MUST make these before the summer is over!!! Gorgeous and so yummy!  I had SO much fun finally meeting you last weekend (and sharing a ride back to that mad house of an airport!). Hope to do it again next year 🙂

    • Definitely, Liz. Loved our chance to chat in the car. You didn’t have to rush to your flight, did you? There was NOBODY checking a bag at the Delta counter. I was through in less than a minute!

  6. What a fabulous summer taco!!! Love the freshness of it!

  7. What a great recipe that 3/4 of my family will enjoy!  I will definitively have to give it a try soon.  Yum!

  8. That is the best guidebook!!! And I love your tilapia tacos. I make fish tacos almost the exact same way, but add a squeeze of lime juice, too, before cooking them.

    • Oh, you have experience with that guidebook too, Brianne? I can’t wait to go BACK to Maui and give it another workout!

  9. This salsa sounds amazing – all the ingredients are among my favorites.

    I’m pretty sure we won’t be doing fish tacos – my husband is pretty much does not like fish.  But I’m sure the salsa will work with other things.  Looking forward to enjoying it with something (my husband will just have to eat the avocados…)

    • Turns out, lots of my readers must not enjoy fish, either, Susan 🙁 Whenever I post a new fish recipe, I notice I get several people unsubscribing from my mailing list. Oh well, you can’t please everyone! 

      Your husband might like these with pulled roasted chicken meat?

  10. These tacos look so fresh and flavorful. Love that summery salsa. 

  11. I love fish tacos with mango salsa! Yum!

  12. I love the ingredients in your salsa. We’ll be doing this soon!

  13. These look so fresh and delicious! I love the combo of jicama, avocado and mango- a little crunch, a little creamy and a little sweet. Yum!

    • I kind of re-discovered how cool jicama is with this recipe. I mean, it doesn’t taste like much, but it stays nice and crunchy, which is the best part. Thanks Sherri!

  14. What a fresh and delicious recipe!  My husband loves fish tacos…I know he will be excited to try these too!

  15. Tilapia is the only fish that my family will eat. It’s so affordable and healthy too.  I love the simplicity and the rich flavors of this dish. Totally pinning it!

    Thanks for the shout out too! 🙂

    • That’s great, Denise. Eating tilapia is definitely better than eating no fish at all! I also love how affordable it is, and you can use just about anything to flavor it up 🙂

  16. mmm fish tacos. I do the same thing with the sprinkle of cumin on top. I haven’t made some in a while, now I could go for them. Next time with the salsa on top! 

  17. Oh my goodness, how I ADORE fish tacos! There are one of my favorite meals to get around here (thankfully, Florida has them in abundance). Love the fresh salsa you paired them with. Drool….

    • I think I should have stayed in Florida a few more days to go on a hunt for the best fish taco 🙂 Thanks Katie!

  18. Great recipe for fish tacos! Thanks for the guidebook suggestion, I’ll keep it in mind for our next trip to Maui!

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