These mango fish tacos are fresh, bright and flavorful and will surely have everyone asking you for the recipe. While a few tacos will fill you up, they are a nice light meal that is ideal in the summer when mangos are in season.
Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
When you think of tacos, you may automatically think of heavy ingredients like rice, beans and ground beef. While these are fairly standard in most taco recipes, there is actually a great way to lighten up tacos. The answer is fish and fruit! Making tacos based around fish will instantly create a lighter meal and, skipping those heavy beans and other dense taco fillings will transform your dish.
Fish pairs fantastically with fruits, especially mangos and other citruses. The sweet yet tartness of the fruit masks any super “fishy” taste while letting the delicious notes of the fish shine through. Our recipe here will help you make an easy mango salsa to put on top of the tacos. The salsa contains:
- diced mango
- diced red onion
- olive oil
- fresh cilantro
- fresh lime juice
All of these ingredients add layers and layers of flavor to the tacos while keeping the dish nice and light. Fish tacos with mango salsa is likely sounding like the perfect dinner right about now!
How To Make Fish Tacos
To prepare the fish tacos with mango salsa, you first have to mix all the ingredients for the salsa together. Making the mango salsa for fish tacos is as simple as tossing all the ingredients in a bowl, combine them and set it aside. It is a good idea to do this step first so that the mango salsa has time to marinate, enhancing its flavor.
Next, you need to cook the fish. This step is also quite simple.
- Heat a saute pan with olive oil over medium-high heat
- Sprinkle about a 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper on the fish
- Sear the fish for about 2 minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily when touched with a fork or spatula
That is all it takes to cook the fish for these tacos! You do not need to add extra seasonings, have a long cook time or follow any complicated steps in order to have a flavorful dish. The mango salsa adds so much flavor that you can keep the fish nice and simple.
Once the mango salsa and the fish are both prepared, it is just a matter of assembling the tacos to your liking. Our recipe recommends using
- romaine lettuce
- lime wedges
as additions to the tacos. The toppings, mango salsa and fish are placed inside small flour tortillas and then ready to eat! Feel free to add your favorite other taco toppings as well. Here are a few that I have tried and loved:
- extra fresh cilantro
- diced red pepper
- chopped cabbage in place of lettuce
- lemon juice
- sour cream or greek yogurt
- a little extra sea salt and ground black pepper
You can also try adding some fresh orange sliced to the mango salsa for an even brighter taste. The possibilities for this fish with mango salsa taco recipe are endless!
Healthy Fish Tacos Recipe
One thing that I absolutely love about this recipe is that it is quite healthy. I mentioned that the taste of fish tacos with mango salsa is lighter, but the calorie content is much lower when compared to traditional meat-based tacos as well. Fish is said to be one of the healthiest foods on the plant, containing numerous vitamins, minerals and omega 3 essential fatty acids (something not many foods have naturally!). Eating fish regularly can reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and improve your brain health.
In addition, this recipe has mangos, fresh avocado and lettuce which means you will be getting a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables paired with the fish. Eating fruits and veggies daily is essential to ensuring you consume enough fiber in addition to various other nutrients that the body needs.
More Healthy Options
If you are looking for ways to make this recipe even healthier, try switching out the flour tortillas for corn tortillas. Corn tortillas have more fiber and whole grains than flour tortillas. They are also lower in calories and perfect for those following a gluten-free diet. If you are feeling extra ambitious, you can even make your own tortillas using a tortilla press!
We already mentioned a few ways to switch up these tacos, adding your favorite toppings. However, you can also try using a different fish in place of striped bass or flounder. There are lots of fish fillets that pair well with the fresh mango salsa recipe such as :
- any bass
Use whichever fish you love the most or just choose the one that is on sale that week! Switching the fish is a great way to keep this recipe new and exciting even after you have made it hundreds of times. Send us your email address if you are interested in even more amazing recipes like this one!Print
Fresh fruit and fish make a wonderful combination for a light but filling meal.
- 4 cups peeled and diced Mango
- 1/4 cup Red or White Onion, diced small
- 1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
- 1 Jalapeno, seeds removed and finely diced
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Limes
- 1 pound white fish such as Striped Bass or Flounder
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 head of Romaine Lettuce
- 10 small Flour Tortillas
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Lime wedges (optional)
- Make the mango salsa by combining the diced mango, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, juice from the two limes and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. Toss together until all the ingredients are combined. Set aside
- In a sauté pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. While the oil is heating, season the fish by rubbing it with a little salt and pepper (only about a pinch of each is needed for each filet of fish).
- Cook the fish in the oil on each side for about 2-3 minutes. The fish will begin to brown on the outside and the center should be completely white when cooked. Move the fish to a plate once cooked and break into small pieces using a fork to pull it apart. Set aside
- Slice the romaine into thin strips and place in a large bowl. Pour some of the juice from the salsa onto the lettuce and toss to coat it, kind of like a dressing.
- Warm the tortillas in a microwave for about 10 seconds then assemble the tacos filling them with the salsa, fish, lettuce and slices avocado. Serve with lime wedges if desired an enjoy!
- Try using breaded fish if you want to add a little crunch to the recipe. Follow any recipes for simple breaded fish or just dip the fish fillets in olive oil then into breadcrumbs and sear as directed in our recipe!
- If you cannot find a fresh, ripe mango, you can use frozen mango chunks. Thaw them in the microwave or by letting them sit at room temperature before making the salsa. This is actually even easier than using a fresh mango as there is no peeling or cutting involved!
- Have a few tortilla chips on hand and make a double batch of the mango salsa recipe. You will love the salsa as a dip for your chips in addition to being the perfect fish taco topper!
- Invest in some nice kitchen tools to make cooking fish tacos and other dinner recipes even easier. A nice non stick saute pan, a sharp chef’s knife and even an avocado slicer will all make cooking easier and more fun!