Crispy Jerk Fish Tacos

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We’re back bitchessss!! I’m so excited to finally get back to normal and start producing some awesome content consistently again! In case you haven’t been following, Devin and I just recently moved to the island of Oahu, Hawai!. Over the course of the last two months we’ve been super busy with selling all our furniture, packing up the car, driving cross country to LA and flying to Hawaii! When we finally arrived, it took another month for us to find a place, receive our car and buy a few pieces of furniture. I don’t want to continue to bore you with the details but needless to say, it’s been quite a hectic few months.

Now that we’re finally good and settled, I wanted to bring you this deeeelicious recipe for some crispy Jerk Fish Tacos! If you’ve scoured my blog, you’ll notice that I love me some Jerk! I will literally eat anything, ANYTHING if its saturated in Jerk seasoning. For those who don’t know, Jerk is a West Indian/Caribbean based seasoning that is the perfect combination of spicy, sweet and salty. Hawaii is not known to have very many Caribbean influences so you could say I was definitely craving some West Indian love!

Jerk fish tacos

These tacos were super simple and very easy to throw together. I highly recommend marinating the fish in the Jerk seasoning overnight  to really develop those flavors. I also coated the fish in a bit of olive oil to make sure it distributed evenly and soaked into the flesh of the fish. Now, in terms of what fish to use, I used cod in this particular recipe but there are loads of options out there if you’re looking for something different. Mahi mahi, halibut, snapper and flounder are other great alternatives for this recipe. Pretty much, any white, flaky fish should do just fine!

Jerk fish tacos

So I won’t go on and on in this post about the importance of using corn flour tortillas like i did in my Panko-Crusted Shrimp Tacos post, especially since I used flour tortillas in this recipe! Either is great, I just made sure to toast them in the oven for about 5 minutes to give em a little crunch.

Finally, I do want to mention the importance of the side pineapple salsa! I’ve done the Jerk-N-Pineapple combo once before in my Jerk Salmon recipe and it was so damn good that I had to do it again! Jerk seasoning and pineapple is an epic combination and the sweetness and tartness of those pineapples just goes so well with the spicy Jerk. If you don’t have pineapples on hand get your ass up and go get some! Or mango works well too :)!

K, that’s all I got for yah today! Go grab a taco or two then meet me back here and tell me how it turned out!

Jerk fish tacos
Jerk fish tacos
Jerk fish tacos
Jerk Fish Tacos
Jerk Fish Tacos
Fresh fish tacos with spicy Jerk seasoning and sweet pineapple salsa.
  • 3 to 4 5oz cod or halibut fillets
  • 2 tbsp. Jerk Seasoning (see below)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6-8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • 6-8 oz. pineapple salsa
  • cilantro and lime for garnish
  • Pat fillets dry with cheese cloth or paper towels. Marinate fillets in Jerk seasoning and 1 tbsp. olive oil for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat remaining 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a saute pan and cook fish for 5-6 minutes, making sure to flake fish into small pieces as it cooks.
  • Bake tortillas on a baking sheet in oven for 4-5 minutes or until slightly browned on the edges.
  • Assemble tacos and top with pineapple salsa. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
  • Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 tacos
    Jerk Seasoning
    • 1 tbsp garlic powder
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 2 tsp dried thyme
    • 2 tsp dried parsley
    • 2 tsp cayanne pepper
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp all spice
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • 2 tsp brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use as seasoning for chicken, seafood or pork.
  • Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1/3 cup of seasoning


    • See recipe for pineapple salsa here and mango salsa here.