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Fish taco bowls with slaw.

Spicy Fish Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Slaw


Spicy Fish Taco Bowls with cilantro lime slaw – crispy, fresh, and SO yummy! quinoa, slaw, avocado, and crispy fish!



For the Slaw:

  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • juice of 2 limes
  • ½ cup sour cream, Greek yogurt, or mayo
  • 34 cups shredded purple and green cabbage

For the Fish Taco Bowls:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 lb. cod or other white fish
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons EACH cumin and chili powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (this is what makes it spicy so adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon EACH butter and olive oil
  • avocado, pepitas, cotija cheese, lime wedges, or other extras for serving


  1. SLAW: Pulse the slaw ingredients (in order, starting with oil and ending with lime juice) until chopped/chunky. Add the sour cream and pulse again until just combined (you don’t want it totally smooth green – just like an herb-loaded creamy sauce). Toss the sauce with the cabbage. Let it sit in the fridge while you prep the other ingredients.
  2. QUINOA: Prepare the quinoa according to package directions.
  3. FISH: Pat the cod dry with paper towels and cut into bite-sized pieces. Combine the flour, spices, and salt in a shallow dish. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Dredge each piece of fish in the flour and add to the hot pan, frying for a few minutes on each side. When the fish is golden brown, remove from pan and sprinkle with the salt.
  4. SERVING: Plate each dish with a scoop of quinoa, a few pieces of fish, a scoop of cilantro lime slaw, and avocado or any other extra toppings you like. Serve with lime wedges and additional salt as needed.


You will probably have extra sauce – I just saved that for future slaw and/or to drizzle of the bowls. Nutrition is based off 4 servings using half the sauce amount and half the flour mixture for the fish, since you will still have some left in the bowl when you’re done.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

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