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Blackened Cocoa Fish Tacos

  • Author: Tiffany Bui |
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Low Lactose



Cocoa Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp coffee, ground
  • 3 tsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp coconut or palm sugar or honey
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp cayenne
  • ¼ tsp cumin

Fish Taco

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 cod fillets
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp cherry tomatoes, chopped (salsa is a good alternative)

Cabbage Slaw

  • 1 cup green or red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1¼ tsp honey
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • salt to taste


  1. Combine ingredients for cabbage slaw in a bowl, cover, & set aside.
  2. Bring your cod to room temperature & sprinkle with sea salt. Combine the cocoa seasoning in a large mixing bowl. Place the room temperature filets into the mixing bowl & rub cocoa seasoning evenly on both sides.
  3. Heat a medium-sized skillet with oil on medium-high, spreading oil about to cover the pan. Quickly heat the tortillas on each side for about 2 minutes to give it a nice crispiness. Pat down oil with paper cloth.
  4. Place both filets on the skillet & cook on medium-high for no more than 2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat after both sides are finished & place them on a separate plate. Cook the fish one at a time if you’re scared of overcooking the fish.
  5. Assemble your taco! Layer your tortilla with the slaw, avocado, tomatoes/salsa, fish, & top with cilantro. Enjoy with a side of refried beans &/or Spanish rice.


  • It’s important you make the slaw first so that the vinegar can break down the cabbage & onions, rendering a nice picklin’!
  • Cook fish at ROOM TEMPERATURE. Not freshly thawed, not barely thawed, not frozen, not fresh out of the refrigerator, ROOM TEMPERATURE.
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Pan-Fry
  • Cuisine: Latin

Keywords: blackened, cocoa, coffee, fish, tacos, sustainable, mexican, seafood, latin, mains, entrees, pescetarian, pescatarian