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 Best enjoyed with delightful company, a cold beer and a squeeze of lime, fish tacos are a traditional food that are claimed by the city of San Diego, California. Choices can range from low-key white fish to grilled mahi mahi, from lobster to salmon, and the toppings can be as vast as preferences allow. 

National Fish Taco Day is here to pay respect to and celebrate the genius creation that is the delicious fish taco.

History of National Fish Taco Day

While it’s possible that fish has been eaten wrapped in tortillas for generations, the modern version of the fish taco has been around since the 1950s. Its origins have an ongoing debate about whether they began in the Baja city of San Felipe or Ensenada, but in either city, little stands popped up where people were fed quick and delicious on-the-go fare that would feed workers or those visiting the markets.

By the 1980s, the fish taco trend had made its way north to the United States where chefs would prepare their fish by deep frying it and then serving it on a corn tortilla with shredded cabbage and cream sauce. Rubio’s Coastal Grill opened its first restaurant in San Diego, California in 1983 and many others followed suit.

In 2018, Rubio’s Coastal Grill founded National Fish Taco Day in order to give this delicious dish the credit it deserves. So now it’s time to have some fun, feed those taste buds and get ready to celebrate!

How to Celebrate National Fish Taco Day

Have so much fun enjoying this tasty day with a few different ideas for celebrating. Get started on National Fish Taco Day in some of these ways:

Go Out for Fish Tacos

A great way to celebrate National Fish Taco Day is to head on over to a restaurant, maybe a Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant, that serves them and order up a plate full. Or, for those who live near a place that has some authentic taco trucks, perhaps an even more authentic way to observe the day would be to walk right up to the window and ask for fish tacos. Squeeze a little bit of lime juice over them and enjoy!

Try Making Fish Tacos at Home

Making fish tacos at home isn’t super difficult and is a tasty and nutritious meal to fix in your own kitchen. Depending on the kind of fish tacos that are preferred, source some white fish like tilapia or perhaps get some salmon. For fried fish tacos, use white fish and deep fry the fish pieces in a breading mixed with some spices.

To prepare fish tacos using broiled fish, place the fish pieces on a baking sheet, dip fish in spices and drizzle with olive oil and place in the oven. For topping, mix purple cabbage, diced avocado, diced roma tomatoes and diced red onion. Add grated cotija cheese on top and serve with lime wedges squeezed over the top.

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