Crispy pickerel fish tacos

Crispy Pickerel Fish Tacos

Recipes, The 12 Days of Tacos

These crispy pickerel fish tacos are the ultimate quick weeknight meal. The little bite-sized pieces of fish cook in a flash, so from start to finish you’re looking at dinner being on the table in under 20 minutes. This meal is also great for bumping up the vegetables on your plate! I use crispy lettuce, fresh coleslaw, and avocado. YUM!

We used pickerel (walleye) in ours, but any white fish would turn out just as great!

Crispy Pickerel Fish Tacos

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes


  • 2-4 fish filets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (use more if you like more heat!)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Whole wheat tortilla shells (I like the small 6″ ones)
  • Your favorite taco fillings: lettuce, shredded, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, etc.


1. Pour 2″ of oil into frying pan or saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat.

2. Whisk together flour and spices. Coat fish in flour mixture.

3. Check if oil is hot enough to fry by sticking the back of a wooden spoon into the oil. If it starts to foam up around the spoon you’re in business!

4. Carefully place fish pieces into oil. If you have a lot of fish cook in 2 batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring and flipping fish so they cook evenly.

5. Remove fish from frying pan and place on plate with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Prepare other taco fillings

6. Assemble tacos and enjoy!

And, as a bonus, here is the recipe for my crunchy coleslaw with creamy lime dressing!

Crunchy coleslaw with creamy lime dressing

  • 1 cup pre-made coleslaw (shredded cabbage mix)
  • 1/2 Jalapeño, minced (optional)
  • 4 tbsp sour cream
  • Juice of 1/2 large lime

whisk together sour cream and lime juice. Stir into coleslaw mix and add jalapeños. Use as a filling on any taco recipe!

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Crispy pickerel fish tacos