Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro and Cucumber Crema

photo of fish tacos cucumber crema

The distinct flavors of cilantro, cumin, coriander, and paprika are the perfect complements to this light and flavorful dish.

Recipe prepared by Chef Miriam Zamparelli

Nutrition Facts by by Georgia Giannopoulos, RD, CDN, CNSC and Rachel Stahl, RD, Culinary Nutrition Fellow

Recipe Yield: 4 servings (2 tacos per serving)



  •  1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  •  1 cup cucumbers, peeled, quartered
  •  2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
  •  1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  •  1 teaspoon lime rind, grated
  •  1 garlic clove, minced

Fish Tacos

  •  1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  •  1 teaspoon ground coriander
  •  1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  •  1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  1 1/2 pound Tilapia fillets (or cod, snapper)
  •  1 teaspoon olive oil (to coat pan)
  •  8 6” flour or corn tortillas or 6” taco shells
  •  2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  •  1 medium avocado,
  •  sliced Wedge of lemon
  •  Salt to taste
  •  1 jalapeño, chopped or 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, diced (optional)


  1.  Preheat oven to 425°F. For the Crema, combine the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and place in refrigerator.
  2.  To prepare the fish tacos, combine cumin, coriander, paprika, and garlic powder in a small bowl; sprinkle spices evenly on both sides of fish.
  3.  Coat baking sheet with olive oil and place fish on it. Bake for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes when tested with a fork. Then place fish in a medium bowl and break into small pieces with fork.
  4.  If using flour tortillas, heat a nonstick pan to medium-heat and place tortilla until warm and soft. If using corn tortillas or taco shells warm in oven for 1 minute.
  5.  Divide fish evenly among tortillas or in taco shells, top each with ¼ cup cabbage, sliced avocado, and 2 tablespoons Crema.
  6.  Serve with wedge of lemon and add chopped jalapeños or diced tomatoes for extra spice and flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 517
Total Fat 16.2g (28% of calories)
Saturated Fat 3.3g (5.8% of calories)
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 524mg
Total Carbs 43g
Dietary Fiber 6.6g
Protein 51g