Enjoy these perfectly “fried” fish tacos with a lot less fat!
When we celebrate Taco Tuesday at my house, we often make air-fried fish tacos for dinner. It’s a low-fat, gluten-free meal that tastes amazing too! Rubbing the spices southwest on the fish, cooking in the air fryer, and then mincing the fish like pork or chicken gives the fish an amazing taste and texture. Serve these air fryer fish tacos with a side of avocado, some crushed Mexican cheese, pico de gallo, and chopped jalapeños. Winner Winner of a Taco Tuesday Dinner!
Air-fried fish tacos satisfy cravings to take away
Without a doubt, we all remember the first time we ate grilled flaky fish. Follow it up with an unexpected cabbage crisp in a warm, soft corn tortilla and a distinctive creamy lime sauce to top it off, and you have a recipe for success. Fortunately, we’ve created a version of this classic fast food favorite for the health food lover. The use of corn tortillas also makes it a delicious, gluten-free meal!
We love using the air fryer for this air fried fish tacos recipe because they cook everything quickly. From side dishes to vegetables, everything is wonderfully roasted in the air fryer. It’s an extra device, but it’s definitely worth the price. Any flaky white fish is used in the air fryer for this recipe. Then we use the same setting for most fresh dishes: 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. That’s it guys!
Corn tortillas outshine flour
There are a few reasons why we use corn tortillas in this air fried fish tacos recipe. For starters, the texture of a corn tortilla holds the taco together very well with fish. Second, corn tortillas have this to offer in terms of health. In comparison, corn tortillas offer more nutrients than their flour counterparts. Did you know that most flour tortillas use lard or shortening? As a gluten-free, low-fat, whole grain option, the corn tortilla has a moment. They contain fewer calories and taste great too!
Corn tortillas, however, must be served warm. At the right temperature, the toughness associated with a cold tortilla becomes significantly softer. We suspect that many people prefer flour tortillas because they fell victim to a cold corn tortilla. How many people have missed this delicious healthy meal for purely technical reasons?
How to heat corn tortillas
There are several ways to heat tortillas for this quick baked fish dish. The preferred method is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, wrap four tortillas in aluminum foil at a time, and heat them in the oven for 15 minutes while the other taco components are prepared. However, some people prefer to apply dry heat by heating them right over their stove burner. While this method works, it does require some babysitting and one at a time it is tedious to warm up.
Overall, it’s important to know that the best method for warming corn tortillas is dry heat. Frying in oil tastes good, but isn’t the healthiest option. Microwaves can get the right results by reducing the power of the microwave. The default setting for all microwaves can cook tortillas over quickly. In a pinch, you can quickly wrap tortillas in a slightly dampened paper towel and microwave: try for 20 seconds each until the tortilla has the right texture.
Since corn tortillas warm best in dry heat, steaming is not recommended.
Our purple cabbage salad goes well with fish
This quick-bake seafood dish calls for crunch, and that’s exactly what purple cabbage offers. Although you can just chop up some and add it straight to the tacos, try this little recipe first. All it takes is to toss the cabbage with a little vinegar, oil and coriander. The added acidity contrasts well with the other mild flavors in the taco.
We love to enjoy this salad as a side dish too. Try it as an accompaniment to maple mustard chicken legs or steamed salmon with a sweet ginger soy glaze.
Add a pinch of lime cream
No taco is complete without a dash of sour cream. Yogurt goes well with sour cream, especially those fish facos with an air fryer. Since sour cream contains more fat than yogurt, we like to change the ingredients here. We recommend a low-fat yogurt, but you can also use Greek yogurt, which is thicker and requires more liquid to dilute. Lime juice is usually enough to reduce the thickness of sour cream or regular yogurt. Adding a teaspoon of water to the Greek yogurt will most likely get the right consistency. Because we love the flavor that acid provides, additional lime zest emphasizes this part of the dish.
With ingredients full of color and flavor, you might not be able to wait until Tuesday to enjoy this fresh, tasty, and healthy meal. That’s fine: it tastes great every day of the week and is also a fantastic option for a weekend lunch. For a filling side dish, try making these Easy Refried Beans healthier. Add a healthy dessert option to the mix by making our honey and mint fruit salad.
- 8th Corn tortillas Standard size
- 1 1/2 lb cod
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked peppers
- 1/4 teaspoon Chili pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon Salt-
- 1/8 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1/4 Cup green onions finely diced
- 1/4 Cup coriander finely chopped
- 3/8 Cup low-fat yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon lime zested
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt-
- 1 clove of garlic chopped
- 2 cups Red cabbage shredded
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4th Garlic cloves chopped
- 1 tablespoon Lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Salt-
- 2 Avocados sliced and diced
- 1 Cup Mexican style cheese rubbed
- 1/2 Cup Pico de Gallo
- 1 Jalapeno chopped
Heat the tortillas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wrap 4 tortillas in aluminum foil. Repeat for the next set of four.
Warm tortillas in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Prepare the fish and make the crema and salad during the cooking time.
Take tortillas out of the oven and store in a warm place.
Let the fish rub
Combine all of the spices and sprinkle them on both sides of the fish.
Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray or rub it lightly with oil and set it aside. Set the air fryer to 425 degrees, select the air fryer function and set the timer for five minutes. While this is cooking you can make the lime cream and purple cabbage salad
Turn the fish over in the air fryer and cook for another five minutes. Keep an eye on the fish during this time as all air fryers vary. You can tell it is done when the fish is peeling easily when checked with a fork with a fork.
Take the fish out of the air fryer and use two forks to mince the fish, just like you would with chicken.
Assemble the tacos
Distribute the fish evenly on the tortillas, add 1/4 cup of cabbage, one tablespoon of crema, 1/8 of avocado, one ounce of cheese, 1 tablespoon of pico de gallo and jalapeño each to taste.
To save steps and further reduce fat, it is okay to turn off the coleslaw. Instead, just use shredded cabbage. Omitting cheese and avocado also reduces fat and calories, but remains very aromatic. Dipping into a spicy salsa tastes good too!
Any remaining spice mix can be used for other future taco variations or any other protein.
The nutritional value calculation does not include cooking spray or olive oil that is used for the air fryer basket. Adjust accordingly.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 16
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