quick fish tacos and homemade tartar sauce~ in fifteen minutes

you're going to have to trust me that these fish tacos are dinner worthy. i love to make all-from-scratch beer battered fish tacos with fresh cod, but these quick fish tacos are almost as good and just perfect for a last minute weeknight dinner. when faced with a dinner deadline and no options, turn to these quick fish tacos. the yummy homemade tartar sauce brightens and really flavors these fish tacos, and it can be made with a handful of ingredients and the help of the nearest 4 year old. this recipe is made quick and easy by using frozen fish sticks from the freezer. this meal comes together in the 13 minutes it takes the fish sticks to bake! frozen breaded shrimp also make yummy tacos this way.

quick fish tacos and homemade tartar sauce
an original recipe by rachelle

12 fish sticks
12 corn tortillas
1 recipe homemade tartar sauce
shredded cabbage or lettuce

preheat oven and start chopping cabbage or lettuce and halving limes. warm tortillas in a plug-in veggie steamer, with a wet paper towel wrapped around them in the microwave, or in hot oil. (go here for details on making harder taco shells with oil, but these are best with a steamed tortilla.)
put fish sticks in the oven and mix up the tartar sauce. serve tacos in shells with a layer of shredded cabbage or lettuce, a piece of fish, a big drizzle of sauce and a squeeze of lime.

homemade tartar sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sweet relish
2 Tablespoons ketchup (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

mix well.
any leftovers make a great spread for sandwiches.

*use a high quality fish stick for the best tacos. costco carries some made from whole alaskan pollock fillets that i like to use.


  1. yum, that sounds so good and i have all the ingredients. i love those costco fish sticks, they are the only ones i buy! dinner tomorrow will be a cinch! thanks for sharing!

  2. This is exactly how we always make fish tacos. (giggle) I will recommend the potato crusted fish sticks by Gorton's. They are simply amazing full pieces of white fish with a nice crunchy potato crust. Sooooo gooood!
    Maybe fish tacos for dinner? Sounds like a plan!

  3. haha really they are suprisingly good this way. christy~ thanks for the tip on gorton's fish sticks~ i'll have to pick those up!
    someday i will share my yummy from scratch f.t. recipe too. (it's not that much more work, but it does takes longer than 12 minutes! ha!)

  4. Just found this googling "homemade fish taco sauce". Followed the recipe but used beer battered fish fillets instead. Sooooo good! My 6 and 5 year olds gobbled them up, as well as my husband. Thanks! :D




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