Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

Hey everyone!  Happy Taco Tuesday!  Figured it was only fitting to bring you this delicious recipe today – Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce!

These tacos are unreal.  The sauce is the bomb dot com.  The think I could honestly tip the entire batch of sauce on my head & pour it into my pie hole and call it a day.  Seriously.  But that would be waaaay inappropriate and then there would  be  none left for the tacos and that would be a shame.

How’s your week going so far?  So, it’s officially Spring!  We are in the last full week of March and I don’t know where the time is flying.  Any upcoming Easter plans?  No big ones for me; I just know for sure that I’m gonna be eating a whole lot of turkey and Easter eggies (don’t you just love those?)

I initially intended to make a chipotle mango sauce for this recipe, but when I started to peel the perfectly firm and ripe mango it was brown on the inside 🙁  Bummer.  I guess that’s all you can do when you live on an island and much of the province’s food has to be shipped in from elsewhere.

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

The mango must have frozen or something during the shipment.  Now, it’s not what you may be thinking; it’s not an island like in the Caribbean or something where there are loads of white sandy beaches and turquoise blue oceans all romantical and stuff (yes, I made this word up and yes I do use it).  Despite not living in the Caribbean, I really love where I live.  We have lots of trees and obviously surrounded by water, but it can get cold.  And I think we have like 2 weeks of warm summer weather, that’s if we’re lucky.  What we don’t have in weather we make up for in beautiful scenery, a rich culture and unique food – jigg’s dinner (aka ‘cooked dinner’, which typically involves salt meat boiled with veg), fish-n-brewis (salt fish, hard bread, potato, salted pork fat (aka scrunchions), and toutons (fried bread dough served with butter & molasses, I mean c’mon….so good).  Pretty interesting, isn’t it??  These types of foods, though, are definitely not something you would eat everyday ’cause you wouldn’t find enough water to quench your thirst, lol.  For me, it’s more of a treat.  Like, I eat fish-n-brews once a year, typically on Christmas Eve.

All this and not to mention if you aren’t from here and you visit you can get ‘screeched in’ where there’s a whole process involving you kissing a cod. Yeap, pucker up, baby!!  Don’t worry, it’s followed by a nice shot of screech (rum).   Anywho….off topic, let’s continue onto these delicious Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce 🙂

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

So, I didn’t make the sauce that I initially intended to make, but it turned out so good anyway.  Actually, it turned out better than I think if there was mango in there.  It actually reminds me of the sauce that a fabulous local tapas restaurant makes for their tacos.  I think that this sauce is going to be always in the fridge in this household.  I have options listed below in the event that you don’t have or can’t get chipotles in adobo sauce.  Having said that, please do try to get it, because it really does make the sauce and brings the recipe to a whole other level, ok?  Pretty please 😉

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

Cod is like the fish around here, but I choose to use tilapia in this recipe because I like the texture and firmness of it.  Feel free to use whatever white fish you please.  These fish tacos are super light and fresh; the fish is coated with some spices like chili powder and cayenne and then covered in corn flake crumbs and baked.

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

There are loads of fresh garnishes (as usual for me) which add a nice crunch and texture and then the whole thing is drizzled with the sauce and you know how I feel about that 😉  Don’t forget to give a nice big squeeze of fresh lime on each taco!

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

You can totally have this on the table in less than 30 minutes, so it makes for a perfect weeknight meal.  Beer is optional 😉   Cheers and have a lovely week, guys!!

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

 

 

 

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce – girlheartfood.com

PIN now & enjoy later!

Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce - girlheartfood.com

Print Recipe
Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce
From girlheartfood.com these Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce are bursting with flavour. The fish has a nice crispy coating, there's lots of fresh toppings, like avocado, red cabbage and onion & it's all topped off with a spicy and smoky chipotle sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Chipotle Sauce
Tacos
Garnishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Chipotle Sauce
Tacos
Garnishes
Instructions
Chipotle Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend to combine.
Tacos
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and place baking sheet in there to warm. Cut each fish fillet into about 6 pieces. Should have about 12 pieces in total, roughly.
  2. Combine cumin, salt, pepper and chili power and dredge fish pieces into to coat.
  3. Beat eggs in a bowl and dredge spice coated fish pieces into. Shake off excess egg.
  4. Place corn flake crumbs on a plate and dip spiced fish pieces into. Press crumbs into fish.
  5. Carefully remove pan from oven and place coated fish pieces onto. Spray with PAM baking spray (optional). Bake for 10 minutes; turn fish pieces and bake for 2 minutes more. Remove from oven.
  6. While fish is cooking in oven, warm tortillas. If you have a gas range, carefully warm over the flame until charred slightly. Place tortilla over rolling pin so it will maintain a slightly curved shape when it cools. If you don't have a gas range, you can heat tortillas in a cast iron pan for a couple of minutes and then continue with rolling pin method. Alternatively, if you don't want to warm tortillas, you don't have to.
  7. To assemble tacos, place red cabbage on each tortilla, followed by some red onion, 2 fish pieces, more red onion, avocado, jalapeño, and cilantro. Drizzle with chipotle sauce. Serve immediately with lime wedges. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

-You can typically find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce where you would find tortillas, refried beans and salsa in your grocery store.  They are usually in a small can.  If you don't have chipotle peppers, you can use chipotle powder or smoked paprika (about 1 tsp, or to taste).  If you don't have either of those, you can use cayenne pepper or sriracha hot sauce, but the sauce will be different.  It won't have that smoky spice that you would get from chipotle or smoked paprika.

-I used tilapia, but you can use your favourite white fish, like cod, haddock or halibut.

Powered by WP Ultimate Recipe
Love this? Please share!

45 thoughts on “Oven Baked Fish Tacos with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I hear ya, Meg! I actually had them for dinner tonight and they hit the spot! I love chipotle peppers and use them regularly. I’ve never thought about freezing them….great idea! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  1. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    So happy to have found your site. Living here in San Diego I eat many a fish taco and this one sounds right up my alley for sure. Methinks I’ll be make reading this blog a routine, love your writing, and from looking at the other commenters, I feel I am in good company. Thanks Dawn!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks so much, Kevin!! That’s very nice of you to say, appreciate it a lot 🙂 Hope you get a chance to try the recipe; I’d love to hear how you like them. Have a great weekend!!

  2. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    Taco night is of course a favorite around here and I’m partial to fish tacos myself! I love how you stepped it up a couple of notches with this smoky sauce – yum! (And good riddance mango – that happens to me, too, even not on an island… sometimes it makes way for better things!) Can’t wait to give these a try for a new twist on taco Tuesday!
    Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table recently posted…Curried brown rice saladMy Profile

  3. Serena @ Serena's Kitchen says:

    These look amazing! Fish tacos totally remind me of summer, and I could really use that thinking today because it is really blah out there! Maybe I’ll whip up some of these fish tacos, set up my lawnchair in the living room, crank up the heat, and pretend it’s summer out! Oh yeah, and crack a nice cold beer to go with these as well of course 😉 .. Yikes only 2 weeks of summer weather, where are you? Sounds pretty though!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks for stopping by Serena! Appreciate the comments 🙂 That sounds like a great plan to me 😉 I know, we have a fair bit of rain in the Summer or fog or it’s not supper warm. Last Summer the weather was not great at all. That’s Newfoundland’s weather for ya!! Have a great weekend, girl!

  4. demeter | beaming baker says:

    Dawn!! Did I tell you that I always start smiling when I read your posts? 🙂 <— see? 😉 This sauce looks absolutely spectacular. I may just need to dip chips in this, crackers in it, cookies… erm… Ahem. Oh, forget it! I'm just gonna pour the whole lot of it in my mouth. Loved hearing about your island life. Erik and I dream of moving to Hawaii one day. Sigh… In any case, I just LOVED your step by step photos. Thanks for an amazing post, Dawn! Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awwww, thanks Demeter 🙂 ! Appreciate that and so nice of you to say!! I’m right there with ya on the sauce! Maybe I should have just named the post, Smoky Chipotle Sauce with Oven Baked Fish Tacos, lol!! Hawaii sounds delightful, especially since it’s soooo cold and windy here today. Still have my winter jacket and boots on. I could do with some warm weather right about now. So happy you enjoyed the post, girl! Have a wonderful weekend too! xo

  5. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    The only thing better than loving where you live is tacos. True fact. 😉 These totally look bomb dot com, Lady!! Loving that you made these healthier by baking the fish, yet still keeping it crunchy! Yummmm! And any kind of chipotle sauce makes my tummy do a happy dance, mango or not! I’ll take two tacos for each hand please! Cheers, girlie!
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary recently posted…Crab Cake Stuffed Deviled EggsMy Profile

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Haha! Thanks so much, Cheyanne 😉 Bonus – they’re healthier than fried fish so ya get to eat more, lol! Love me some chipotle sauce too; I could possibly use that stuff everyday. So happy you’re loving the recipe! Thanks so much for the lovely comments, as usual. Have a fantastic Easter weekend, friend!!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank-you so much, Stephanie! I love chipotle so much too. It’s one of those ingredients that’s so unique and can add an unreal amount of flavour. Appreciate the comments, girl 🙂

  6. Amanda | Yum In Your Tum says:

    I Love all the photos! Beautiful post! I also hate when you cut open a perfect looking fruit to only find that it is all brown on the inside. …but, your sauce looks like it turned out amazing. I just bought some fish today and never thought of making them into tacos, but I think I am going to give this a try!
    Amanda | Yum In Your Tum recently posted…Roasted Asparagus With AlmondsMy Profile

  7. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    Hello taco Tuesday!!! These look fantastic and loving your chipotle sauce. My first week of Spring consisted of it snowing yesterday morning and it’s freezing today. Supposed to get up to high 50s this weekend so I think I’ll be okay. Making your fish tacos will cheer me up thou’. btw, don’t ever say “Beer is optional” again. You know better than that Dawn! lol!
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After recently posted…Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Apricots, and PistachiosMy Profile

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Karrie! It’s super cold here too. It was in the low 20s here today (about -5c) and about 50 miles per hour winds! Ugh. The end of February was actually warmer than what it is now. Hahaha!! I know what you mean! What was I even thinking saying beer is optional?! Total brain fart, lol!! Enjoy the tacos, girl!!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks so much Jennifer for stopping by and the kind comments 🙂 I know what you mean…I was craving them too and couldn’t stop thinking about them until I made some. Now I want to make them again next weekend, lol. Have a great week!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge