The Best Baked Cod Fish Tacos

When someone asks me what my favorite food is, my response is always \”fish tacos\”! Prior to the whole pandemic that has taken over 2020, I would only ever get fish tacos at a restaurant. Since carryout fish sounds less than appetizing, I decided to head to the kitchen and learn how to make fish tacos of my own. 

I must admit, this is my FIRST time cooking fish on my own. Typically someone else (like my grandma) would cook it and I would enjoy it. With that being said, you can imagine that I did not figure out how to properly cook my cod for fish tacos until the third try, but hey, third time is always the charm.

This baked fish recipe is flavorful and easy to make. Seriously, I am no Alton Brown, but I think I have cooking and seasoning cod down to a science now.

The best fish to use for fish tacos
When it comes to fish tacos, it is all about personal preference. Some people love white fish and some love to go for ahi tuna (I\’ll save that for the professionals). The choice is all yours.
Pro Tip: It is best to buy wild-caught fish, and not farm-raised.
Cod is typically one of the most economical choices of fish. It is a white fish that is on the fishy side (soak it in milk to remove that fishy taste), but takes on the flavor of spices that you use.
Whitefish is my absolute favorite especially Lake Superior Whitefish, but it tends to be harder to find around the state.
Walleye is extremely popular for us midwesterners and typically relatively cheap and easy to find.
Ahi tuna has easily become extremely popular especially in a poke bowl. It\’s a great quality fish, but remember it will also come with a great quality pricetag.

What to ask your butcher
If you are buying fish from a grocery store butcher, chances are the fish has been frozen and is thawing while sitting in the case – unless otherwise noted. Be sure to ask the butcher how long the fish has been sitting out before you buy it. You definitely do not want to end up with bad fish when you get home. Of course, you can also buy frozen packages of fish (Kroger and Meijer typically offer good deals on it), just make sure that it is wild-caught.

Lets taco \’bout toppings
Fish tacos are all about the toppings! You can go simple or prepare a slaw for the top. The choice is yours.

My favorite fish taco toppings include: 
Pineapple salsa
Mango + peach salsa
Fresh lime juice
Pico de gallo

How long do you need to bake fish?
Bake time for fish varies depending on a few different things:
The type of fish
The weight of the fish
What you are baking the fish in
The oven temperature
The larger the filet of fish, the longer it will take to bake. For instance, I cooked 1 pound of fish at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and it took about 15 minutes.

What type of tortillas is best for fish tacos?
This is all about your preference. I personally prefer flour tortillas street taco size, but corn tortillas will work great as well.

Baked Cod Fish Tacos Details
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF
2. Cover a baking dish or cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil
3. Remove fish from the refrigerator and use a paper towel to blot the fish and remove excess moisture
4. Place the fish into the baking dish or onto the cookie sheet
5. Sprinkle both sides of the fish with cajun seasoning
6. Bake cod at 400ºF for 12-16 minutes – the bake time will vary based on the thickness of the fish
7. When fish is done, remove it from the oven. Fish is done when it flakes apart easily with a fork
8. Use two forks to carefully break the fish up into larger chunks
9. Assemble your tacos to your liking
10. Enjoy!

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