Fish Taco Recipe and Agua Fresca Give Cinco de Mayo a Fresh Take

Shanthi Appelo
Shanthi Appelo

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Cinco de Mayo
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the state of Puebla in 1862. But in the United States, it’s often a celebration of Mexican heritage centered around food and street fairs. Tacos, nachos and a plethora of cheese-heavy dishes are on the Cinco de Mayo menu for many U.S. celebrants. When you add in the sugary margaritas and dips – the festive foods aren’t exactly a recipe for health. If you’re looking for a fresh take on Mexican-American cuisine this Cinco de Mayo, try this simple fish taco recipe and agua fresca.
Serving Amount
  • 8 12 street taco tortillas

  • 2 large or 4 small tilapia filets

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cup shredded lettuce

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced

  • Quick pickled onions (found in this recipe)

  • Cilantro-lime yogurt crema (recipe below)

  • 3 limes, wedged for serving

  • 12 jalapeño, seeded

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro

  • 112 tsp cumin

  • 2 tbsp water

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to degrees 425 F. Prepare a lined baking sheet. 

  • Step 2

    Combine panko breadcrumbs, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pat tilapia filets dry, then brush with olive oil. Dip each side of the filets in the breadcrumb mixture and press in to set. Place on the lined baking sheet. 

  • Step 3

    Bake tilapia for 8-12 minutes or until cooked through. While tilapia is baking, toast or grill tacos. 

  • Step 4

    Serve bits of the tilapia on toasted street tacos with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, pickled onions, a drizzle of cilantro-lime yogurt crema and fresh-squeezed lime. 

  • Step 5

    Optional step – in a small pan over medium-high heat, add garlic cloves and jalapenos until lightly charred. 

  • Step 6

    In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Dress fish tacos with a drizzle of the crema.

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