Tandoori Fish Tacos (Indian Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe)

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Tandoori Fish Tacos: extremely delicious tandoori fish tacos (Indian grilled fish tacos) using yogurt and tandoori spices. These can be made in oven too. Also called tandoori fish tikka tacos, tandoori tacos, Indian fish tacos and the fish taco marinade is super easy. Extremely healthy fish taco recipe. Tandoori Fish Tacos topped with pickled onions, yogurt sauce and cabbage

Starting our week with our most requested Tandoori Fish Tacos recipe that’s super yummm, easy and healthy fusion of two favorite cuisines – Indian & Mexican.

We have been making these grilled fish tacos for so many years and they were the star of our end of Summer BBQ party. As promised to everyone attending and asking me for more tacos recipe, here we go 🙂

What is Tandoori Fish Tacos?

They are Indian grilled fish tacos, where the fish is coated in a mixture of tandoori spices, yogurt, and chickpeas. Then grilled and filled in a tortilla and topped with cabbage, onions, etc to form a taco.

To enhance the flavors further I’m using pickled onions, pickled jalapeno and a sweet-spicy yogurt sauce on these tacos. 

The fish is grilled (you can bake it in kitchen oven too) and I’m using homemade chickpea flour tortilla along with fresh veggie toppings, hence these tacos are fairly healthy.

tandoori fish tacos with pickled onions

Ingredients for Tandoori Fish Tacos:

  • Fish, light fish like tilapia, cod, baja, etc
  • Tandoori Spice, homemade or store-bought
  • Yogurt, plain and thick yogurt
  • Seasoning, salt, red chili powder, ginger-garlic powder
  • Chickpea Flour, using as a binder
  • Toppings like cabbage, pickled onions, carrots, cilantro and fresh lemons
  • Tortilla, homemade or store-bought (I’m using homemade chickpea tortilla)

Tandoori Fish Tacos ingredients like fish, tandoori spices, yogurt, cabbage, onions on blue platter

I’m also pairing this spicy, creamy fish tacos with this luscious and smooth “Sunset Sweet Red Blend” from CK Mondavi and Family.

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It’s great to pair with meat, spicy food or chocolate.

Wine and grilling brush, tongs and apron

How to Make Tandoori Fish Tacos:

Fish tacos are fairly easy or I would say quick recipe as the fish cooks really quickly compared to other meats. Here is a step by step detailed recipe with pictures.

  1. So we start by mixing tandoori spices, seasoning, yogurt, and chickpeas to form a smooth tandoori batter.
  2. We marinated the fish in this batter for 5 minutes
  3. Transfer the marinated fish to the grill or you can even bake using a home oven
  4. While the fish bakes, cook the tortillas
  5. Prep the toppings by chopping, mixing and assembling everything together.
  6. Once the fish is ready, break it into bite-size pieces.
  7. Take each tortilla, top with fish, toppings and yogurt sauce
  8. Serve fresh or even chilled
whisking tandoori spice mix with yogurt for tandoori batter

Mixing Batter to Marinate Fish


easy fish taco marinade using spices, yogurt and chickpea flour

Marinating the Fish for a minimum of 5 minutes


grilled tandoori fish in a white bowl

Grilled Fish Ready for the tacos


chickpea tortilla for healthy grilled fish tacos

Homemade Chickpea Tortilla


How to make the best fish tacos recipe using fish, tortilla, cabbage, carrots and onion


best grilled fish taco recipe using healthy ingredients

What to Serve with Indian Fish Tacos:

Since these tacos are light, I like to serve it with more veggies options like:

  1. Grilled Veggies
  2. Grilled Corn Kernels
  3. Cabbage Slaw
  4. Chips, like potatoes, sweet or anything light
  5. Other Dressings, sometimes you may want to add crema lime dressing, ranch or cheese dressing.
  6. Indian Green Chutney, made using cilantro.
  7. Sweet Sauce
  8. Fruits, like mango, plums, pineapple, etc

Tandoori Fish Tacos with loaded toppings on blue platter

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Extra Tips for Serving Tacos:

I love to make these tacos even on weeknights, where I can bake the fish in the oven.

If you are serving these tacos in a party, then if you are wondering How Many Tacos You Need Per Person? – The answer is 3 and that’s good enough with all the other food you will have.

When preparing these tacos for the party, always prep extra toppings and tortilla. You can always cut the fish into smaller pieces if you get unexpected guests.

Indian fish tacos being picked up from a plate

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Tandoori Fish Tacos topped with pickled onions, yogurt sauce and cabbage


Yield: 8 Tandoori Fish Tacos

Tandoori Fish Tacos (Indian Grilled Tandoori Tacos)

tandoori fish tacos on a sea green platter

Tandoori Fish Tacos: extremely delicious tandoori fish tacos (Indian fish tacos) using yogurt and tandoori spices. These can be made in oven too. Also called tandoori fish tikka tacos, tandoori tacos, Indian fish tacos, and the fish taco marinade is super easy. Extremely healthy fish taco recipe. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 8 Tilapia Fish Fillet *
  • 3 Tbsp Canola Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice – For sprinkling on cooked fish before serving

For the Marinade *

  • 1 Cup Thick Plain Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Tandoori Spice Mix, homemade or storebought
  • 4 Tbsp Canola Oil – You may use any light oil
  • 4 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice


  • 1 Tsp Salt - As per your taste
  • 1 Tbsp Red Chili Powder, add as per taste
  • 1 Tsp Ginger+Garlic Powder


  • 2 Cups Thinly Sliced Cabbage
  • 1 Cup Thinly Sliced Pickled Onions, you can use plain onion too
  • 1 Cup Thinly Sliced Carrots
  • 2 Large Jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Cilantro, you can use parsley
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Tandoori or lime seasoning


Marinate the Fish:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and whisk to a smooth paste.
  2. Now add the powdered spices and whisk everything evenly.
  3. Add the fish fillet to the marinade, using your hand evenly coat both the sides.
  4. Cover the marinated bowl with a lid and refrigerate for an hour. (TIP: The more you marinate, the better the taste)

Grill the Fish :

  1. Heat the grill using coal or wood chips. Keep the temperature low.
  2. Take the marinated fish and place them one by one on the grill.
  3. Let this grill for 2 minutes and then turn the fish and grill another 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the fish as soon as they are cooked (fish burns really quickly).
  5. Cut the grilled fish into bite-size pieces

Making the Tandoori Fish Tacos:

  1. Cook the tortilla and keep aside.
  2. Take 1 tortilla and add sliced cabbage, 1 tsp pickled onions, and carrots.
  3. Now add 1tsp of yogurt sauce and add 3-4 tandoori fish bites (tikka) on it.
  4. Add chopped jalapeno and some more yogurt sauce on top of the fish.
  5. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and some tandoori masala (lime seasoning) on top.
  6. Similarly, make all the tacos.
  7. Place the tacos on serving platter or plates and serve fresh.


Fish, you can use any light fish

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 31g

6 Replies to "Tandoori Fish Tacos (Indian Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe)"

  • Embeya November 27, 2019 (6:13 am)

    Woooow…..Homemade!!! And so easy to do…

    I think I will look for these and try your recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    Dang T !

  • Pam September 18, 2019 (7:26 pm)

    Molly, these look delicious!

    • Molly Kumar September 19, 2019 (8:01 pm)

      Hello Pam, I’m so glad you liked it, Thanks, Molly

  • Lathiya September 12, 2019 (8:36 pm)

    The fish tacos look so inviting. I loved you used the Indian flavors. Looking forward to make this recipe.

  • Swathi September 11, 2019 (3:43 am)

    Tandoori fish tacos looks yum. I like fish tacos, never tried tandoori version on tacos I need to. That wine looks delicious too.

  • Tayo September 9, 2019 (4:33 pm)

    This looks so heavenly! I’ve been trying to incorporate fish more in my diet and can’t wait to try this!

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