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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I originally made this recipe with Tilapia, which was good but might not be my choice now.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. Tasty! I’m not a confident fish cooker, but was great. Loved the dressing too. Thank you. 

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  3. Love this idea of using cabbage in tacos, I will actually try with chicken tonight, as I don’t have fish, but I like your recipe a lot!

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  5. I bet black beans would be good in this if you wanted to add something to the cabbage.

  6. Hello, the recipe looks wonderful.  The Printer Friendly button is not working though.


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  9. Made this meal for the 3rd time tonight. I package up individual servings and take for lunch 3 days in a row. I never get sick of it. The flavors are perfect. I adore fish tacos but flour or corn tortillas are a no-no for me. This recipe totally satisfies my addiction. I never miss the tortillas. You can see why it's the 3 rd time making this…and i just "pinned it" a couple months ago! Great job, thanks!!

  10. My husband hates any kind of fish so I will be making this with chicken instead. I plan on using my homemade fajita seasoning on the chicken but everything else will be from your recipe. I am sure that it will be great and maybe I can convince him to try the fish version at some point!

  11. Everytime I see an email from Kalyn's Kitchen, I know there will be a good recipe to try. I eat Keto and these are so Keto-friendly! The recipes are so versatile. You give me so many good ideas. Fish Taco Cabbage Bowl was delicious, then using same dressing recipe…make lettuce wraps or the Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl. I like that you use simple ingredients but the combination of meat with cabbage or lettuce….AWi!…the BEST. PS I just love cabbage and lettuce recipes. Keep up the fantastic work!

  12. Kaylyn, I am single so more than one serving ends up as another meal. What, in your opinion would be the best way to transport this to work? Separate the fish, heat and then add to the slaw? (This is assuming I have already made the 4 serving batch).

    • Hi Kirsten. Good question! The slaw is not bad when it's been in the fridge overnight, but after more than one day it gets pretty soggy. What I would recommend is chopping the slaw ingredients and mixing the dressing but not combining it. Then cook the fish, make enough slaw to eat it with, and refrigerate the rest of the fish in microwaveable serving dishes with one serving. Take the fish (to be reheated), chopped cabbage mixture, and dressing separately to work, heat the fish, combine the slaw/dressing, and enjoy. Slightly easier would be to combine the cabbage mixture and dressing in the morning before work, take the fish in a separate container, and then heat the fish and put it over the slaw at work. I think both those methods will give pretty good results for leftovers.

  13. I get your recipes in my inbox and then save to Pinterest but for 2 days now the links aren't working. Just wanted to let you know.

    • Jennifer, I wish I could figure out what's not working for you. I went to this in my own e-mail (I subscribe just so I can see what other people are getting) but both the Pinterest link and the recipe title link worked perfectly for me. If you have more information, please tell me what's happening for you. And thanks for taking time to let me know!

  14. Oh my, that looks wonderful, thanks for the recipe.

  15. So good! We've been eating lower-carb and generally "healthier" for a few weeks, and this is the best healthy recipe we've tried!

  16. I love so many of your recipes, this one calls for a count on fillets…what would you guess a weight for them would be as weight is always so much more precise?

    • Thanks, so glad you are enjoying the recipes! I don't think the amount of fish needs to be that exact for this recipe, but I'd guess those fish fillets are about 4-5 oz. at the most.

  17. I don't see how to save the recipe.

    • Scott, I am sorry to tell you that the recipe saving feature was discontinued by Ziplist. (There was nothing I could do about it.) You should have received several e-mails from them at the e-mail address you signed up with, plus I wrote about it several times on Facebook and also did this post about other alternative ways to save recipes.

    • Join Pinterest and you can save them all.

    • Yes, I am adding the top "Click here to PIN this recipe" link to all my posts now so it's easy to save them on Pinterest!

  18. Jen, that sounds fantastic! Glad you liked it.

  19. This is another great recipe, thank you! We used cabbage with broccoli slaw. Nice and crunchy!

  20. Vanessa, glad you are enjoying it so much!