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Bourbon Barrel Fish Tacos

These fish tacos are perfectly seasoned and easy to make! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 People


For the fish:

  • 2 tbsp Bourbon Smoked Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Bourbon Smoked Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne optional
  • 1 1/2 lbs firm, skinned white fish fillets (such as cod, hake, or tilapia)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • cilantro, roughly chopped for garnish
  • Lime, sliced for garnish

For the pickled cabbage:

  • 3 cups red cabbage shredded
  • 2 tbsp cider or white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt

For the avocado crema:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup sour cream (8oz)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt



  1. Combine the chili powder, garlic salt, smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne in a shallow dish.

  2. Press the fish filets into the spice mixture to evenly coat both sides.

  3. Set aside.

Pickled Cabbage method

  1. In a medium bowl, toss the cabbage with the vinegar and salt.

  2. Mix, using your hands, to lightly squeeze the cabbage.

  3. Set aside.

Avocado crema method

  1. In a small food processor or blender, combine the ingredients for the avocado crema.

  2. Blend until completely smooth.

  3. Pour into a small serving bowl.

Fish and taco method

  1. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Pour a little oil into the pan.

  3. Lay a few fish filets in the pan (don’t overcrowd) and cook the fish for 2-3 minutes per side.

  4. Remove and repeat with remaining fish.

  5. When all the fish is cooked, wipe out the pan with some paper towel.

  6. Warm the tortillas in the pan, cooking them for 15 seconds per side.

  7. Break the fish apart into smaller pieces or slice into strips.

  8. Set out the fish, tortillas, pickled cabbage, avocado crema, cilantro, and limes so everyone can assemble their own tacos.