Grilled Tequila Lime Marinated Tilapia Tacos

Tacos are on a regular rotation at our house. While the three kids would be content with standard ground beef tacos everytime, I prefer a little more variety. So, trying to spice things up and create a fun and new type of taco dinner for the family, I made these tilapia tacos.

Fish goes surprisingly well in tacos and I find that grilling the tilapia gives the perfect char flavor that works really nicely with the soft tortillas.

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sauza_gold_tequilaaSoaking the fish in a marinade, before grilling, provides an opportunity to add various levels of flavor. Tilapia is one of the milder fishes, so it can definitely use a bit of flavor enhancement. Since I was grilling this fish for tacos, I decided to develop a Mexican inspired marinade.

Recently, I was sent a couple bottles of Sauza Tequila for some recipe creation and knew that this would fit perfectly for the marinade. I used their Sauza Tequila Gold, which has nice caramel flavor notes, providing a hint of sweetness. Along with the tequila, I added some lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro and honey.

The tilapia needs to soak in this marinade for a good 30-60 minutes. This maximizes the infusion of flavors into the fish. After marinating, the fish goes on the grill!

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Tilapia is quite the delicate fish and can crumble easily when cooked. That presents a problem if the fish is grilled since the fish can fall apart and pieces can drop between the grill grates. To prevent this, I use a grilling stone, which not only creates an effective flat surface to grill on, but it also prevents any pieces from falling down.

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Grilled Tequila Lime Marinated Tilapia Tacos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 3-4 tilapia filets
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers , cored and minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro , minced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a large bowl make the marinade by mixing together everything, except the tilapia.
  • Place tilapia filets in a dish with high sides. Pour the marinade over the fish and gently flip the tilapia so they are fully coated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Heat grill to high heat. Place the tilapia filets on the grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Very carefully, flip the fish and grill for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest for a couple minutes.
  • Crumble the fish and place some on a soft floured tortilla shell. Top with guacamole, grated cheese, tomatoes or other taco toppings.

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About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Love fish tacos or any kind of taco, your recipe looks delicious so I plan on trying it very soon. My family loves tacos, fish, chicken, steak, etc..

  2. The longer it marinates, the better – I actually keep certain such preparations in the fridge for weeks to use every so often. If under vinegar or lime juice (or heavily salted, depending on the “concoction”) it will keep almost indefinitely, but will be much more pungent than if left only for a few hours or overnight. Only bay leaves tend to go too bitter and I wouldn’t add them until later. And yes, tilapia is a healthy fish, even if the Chumash hardly knew it since it is a foreign species from Egypt. Yet there it is depicted in pharaos’ graves from millennia ago.

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