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Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls (Video)

Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls are a delicious and easy-to-make idea that can be a great low-carb or Keto dinner any time of year! 

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Don’t you think times when the seasons are changing are the hardest time to plan what to cook? That’s just one reason I love these tasty Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls, because whether you’re lucky enough to be having a warm spring where you live or you’re still having snow like Utah, this will be a great low-carb dinner either way. And trust me when I say that these Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls are really a WOW. My sister Sandee loves this recipe and makes it over and over.

And this is one of my personal favorites as well. I have high standards about what recipes actually end up making an appearance on Kalyn’s Kitchen, so if you see a recipe here you always know I really enjoyed the dish. And then in that growing collection of recipes I loved, occasionally something pops up that I make over and over! These Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls were so delicious that when my nephew Jake and I tested the recipe, we kept gushing over how good they were.

These are definitely an offspring of Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowls (another recipe I love). I hope you’ll give this recipe a try; I bet you’ll love it just like we did for a quick and healthy dinner! If you’re a cabbage fan like I am check out Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Cabbage for more tasty recipes with cabbage and if it’s a bowl recipe you’re looking for check out Low-Carb Bowl Meals You’ll Make Over and Over.

(This recipe was featured in Ten Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites You’ll Make Over and Over.)

What kind of fish is good for Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls?

I originally made this recipe with Tilapia, which was good but might not be my choice now. Any type of mild white fish such as cod, bass, grouper, haddock, catfish, snapper, halibut, or Mahi Mahi will work for this recipe. I haven’t tried making it with salmon, but I bet that would be delicious too.

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How to Make Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I used three pieces of fish, which was enough fish for 4 fish taco cabbage bowls; use any type of mild white fish. 
  2. Mix spices together, then rub the fish with olive oil and the spice mixture and let it come to room temperature.
  3. You could buy pre-sliced coleslaw mix, but we sliced the cabbage using a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) and the 3cm blade.  You’ll also need some thinly sliced green onions.
  4. Whisk together mayo, lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and a little Vege-Sal (affiliate link) or salt.  If you’re not a big mayo fan, a mix of mayo and Greek Yogurt would also be good here. (For Paleo option, use homemade mayo.)
  5. I used my Calphalon Stovetop Grill Pan (affiliate link) to cook the fish, but a regular frying pan will also work. 
  6. Brush on a little olive oil and heat the pan before you put the fish on. After about 4 minutes on medium-high, I turned my fish to the second side and let it cook about 4 minutes more.
  7. Remove the fish and let it cool just a minute or so; then use two forks to shred the fish apart.
  8. Mix about half of the thinly sliced green onions with the cabbage mixture, and toss with enough dressing to barely moisten the cabbage.
  9. Fill a bowl with the cabbage mixture and top with desired amount of the shredded fish.
  10. Then drizzle a little more of the spicy mayo mixture over the top.  Sprinkle with a few green onions and devour! (Green onions apparently didn’t make it into the photo at this point!)
  11. We like this served with guacamole, which adds another punch of flavor!

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More Tasty Low-Carb Ideas with Fish:

Low-Carb Roasted Barramundi with Tomato and Olive Relish ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spicy Grilled fish with Citrus Slaw ~ Shugary Sweets
Low-Carb Salmon Patties with Double-Dill Tartar Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Parmesan-Crusted Fish with Lemon and Capers ~ Aggie’s Kitchen
Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Low-Carb Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls are great for a season-spanning dinner, and this is quick and easy to make!



  • 4 small fillets of any mild white fish
  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. fish rub of your choice (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chile powder
  • 1 medium head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium head red cabbage, thinly sliced (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion (or more if you’re a big green onion fan like I am)
  • guacamole, for serving (completely optional, but good, see notes)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice; see notes
  • 2 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (more or less to taste).
  • salt or Vege-Sal to taste


  1. Thaw fish overnight in the refrigerator if frozen.
  2. Mix the fish rub, ground cumin, and chile powder in a small dish.
  3. When you’re ready to cook, pat fish dry with paper towels, then rub both sides with 2 tsp. of the olive oil followed by the fish rub mixture.
  4. Let the fish come to room temperature while you prep the other ingredients.
  5. Cut away the core of the cabbage and discard, then use a knife or a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) to cut the cabbage into thin slices; we used the 3 cm blade for the mandoline.  (You can also use pre-sliced coleslaw mix if you don’t want to bother cutting the cabbage.)
  6. Thinly slice the green onion.
  7. Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce, and Vege-Sal (or salt) to make the dressing (affiliate links).
  8. Brush a stove-top grill pan or heavy frying pan with the other 2 tsp. olive oil and heat the pan about a minute at medium-high heat.  Then add the fish and cook about 4 minutes on the first side.
  9. Turn gently and cook about 4 minutes more on the other side.  (Actual cooking time will depend on how thick your pieces of fish are.  Fish should feel barely firm to the touch when it’s done.)
  10. While the fish cooks, mix about half the green onions into the cabbage mixture and stir in enough dressing to barely moisten the cabbage.
  11. When the fish is done, let it cool slightly on a cutting board, then use two forks to shred the fish apart.
  12. Fill bowl with 1/4 of the cabbage mixture and top with desired amount of fish. Drizzle a little more dressing over the top.
  13. Serve right away, with green onions for garnish and guacamole if desired.


If your fish fillets are very large, you'll only need 3 pieces of fish to make four servings. You could also make this with pre-sliced coleslaw mix if you don’t want to slice the cabbage. I love Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) but there are many good brands. We love Good Foods Tableside Chunky Guacamole, which was easy and good for this recipe. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice, which is something I always have in the freezer. We used Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) but another type of hot sauce can work.

This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowls.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 521mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This low-carb and gluten-free recipe is great for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other type of low-carb eating plan.

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    66 Comments on “Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls (Video)”

  1. OMG! I am making this for the third time (with my own spins on the recipe based on my freezer, fridge and pantry, of course). This is TO DIE FOR! I would eat this every day for the rest of my life! Thank you for this spectacularly delicious contribution to my food life!

  2. Thanks Gina, we loved it here! And I just heard last night that even one of my meat-and-potatoes brother-in-laws liked it!

  3. Love this idea Kalyn!

  4. Thanks Carolyn, so glad you like it!

  5. Love these, Kalyn. A great way to get all that fish taco flavour in a healthier package!

  6. Thanks Kelley, so glad you like it!

  7. I love this idea, Kalyn. I, too, love cabbage and it's always nice having a healthier option than the standard rice and beans.

  8. I am not going to publish comments from people lecturing me about what kind of fish to use, especially not on a recipe where I said "or other mild white fish."

    In other words, use whatever kind of fish you prefer or think is best. But no foodie police lectures please.

  9. Julie, so glad you like it.

  10. These look delicious Kalyn!! And I love that they are low-carb and gluten-free. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  11. Doren, good question! I guess we thought this had loads of flavor without the cilantro but it would certainly be a great addition!

  12. I love fish tacos, agree about the raw cabbage, and can't wait to try this recipe. But I'm perplexed. You add cilantro (which I adore) to so many dishes where I wouldn't have expected it; why not here?

  13. Thanks Chris; glad you like it!

  14. Yum Yum! Fish tacos without the corn or four tortilla means more cabbage—YES!

  15. Hi Dennis,
    Glad you have been enjoying the blog! I'm afraid that with the blogging software I'm using it's not possible to have the option to print the photo or not with the recipe. The only option I have is to paste the photo on to that page, which means every printer friendly recipe has a photo. And the purpose of the printer page is so people can print recipes without a photo (otherwise you could just select/print from the blog.) I know there are some blogs who offer that option, but they're using other software that enables it, sorry.

  16. Hi Kayln! I am probably one of a few men that follow your blog and recipes religiously. You have some great food ideas and I have printed out my favorite ones and put them in a "Kayln's Binder" for easy future use. I have one suggestion…..is it possible to print the picture of the dish at the header or top of the printer friendly option? Or…could an option be installed to print or not print the photo with the printed recipe. As somebody once said….1 pic is worth 1000 words and these pictures easily revive our taste buds to remind us how good the recipes are!
    I look forward to your recipes every day and thanks for what you do…….Dennis H.

  17. Janel, I agree about the lettuce. No way. So glad you like the recipe!

  18. Fish tacos just aren't "right" if they have lettuce instead of cabbage. Love that you turned the tacos into a bowl meal!

  19. Thanks Lydia! Jake and I were talking about how much we liked it just yesterday.

  20. I'm learning to love raw cabbage, especially when it's got a spicy little dressing on it. This looks great!