Seared Halibut Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw


Halibut—a tender, sweet-tasting white fish—is a great option for fish tacos, especially when paired with crunchy slaw, pico de gallo and a salty cheese. We promise you'll want these more often than just on Taco Tuesdays. Serve them with a side of black beans or yellow rice to round out your meal.

Seared Halibut Fish Tacos With Cilantro Slaw recipe on a white plate for serving
Photo: Dotdash Meredith Food Studios
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 (1 pound) skinless halibut fillet (1 1/2-in. thick)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

  • 1 tablespoon canola mayonnaise

  • 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix (about 4 oz.)

  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper (from 1 [8-oz.] pepper)

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup sliced scallions (from 2 scallions)

  • 8 (5 inch) corn tortillas, warmed

  • ¼ cup pico de gallo

  • ¾ ounce queso fresco, crumbled (about 8 tsp.)


  1. Season halibut fillet evenly with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a cast-iron skillet over high. Add fillet; cook, undisturbed, until deeply browned and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of fillet registers 140°F, about 6 minutes per side. Remove fillet from skillet; let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Flake into 1-inch pieces.

  2. While halibut rests, stir together lime juice, mayonnaise and remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Add coleslaw, bell pepper, cilantro and scallions; toss to fully coat.

  3. Spoon about 1/4 cup slaw mixture onto each of 8 warm tortillas; top evenly with flaked halibut. Top each taco with 1/2 tablespoon pico de gallo and 1 teaspoon queso fresco.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
16g Fat
37g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 tacos
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 689mg 30%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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