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These Whole30 fish taco bowls with mango salsa and chipotle aioli make an absolutely wonderful Whole30 dinner. Loaded with guacamole, mango salsa, red cabbage slaw, coconut-lime cauliflower rice, and spicy chipotle aioli, I promise this will become your favorite paleo fish recipe or Whole30 fish recipe. Pinky promise! This Whole30 fish taco bowls recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and sugar-free. Nothin’ fishy about it (SORRY!).

Overhead view of Whole30 fish taco bowl.

Don’t let the ingredients list intimidate you! It looks complicated, but I promise this recipe is SO simple. It’s mostly just mixing things together. You’ve got this! And it’s TOTALLY worth it in the end.

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • I started making this fish taco bowl YEARS ago on our very first Whole30, and first posted the recipe here in early 2017. Well, I am here to tell you that, even 6+ years later, I still love it every bit as much as I did on day one. NO. WAIT. That’s not true. Today I love it even more, because after 6+ years of this recipe, I’m still not tired of it. In fact, I still get excited when it’s on our dinner menu. How many meals can you say you’re still excited to eat regularly after 6+ years?
  • Let’s talk ingredients and flavors. You’ve got pan-seared, chili-rubbed tilapia. You’ve got coconut-lime cauliflower rice. There’s red cabbage slaw, fresh mango salsa, and creamy guacamole. And on top? Tying all of that incredibleness together? A spicy (but not too much) chipotle aioli. Oh, mama.
  • On top of being Whole30-compliant and paleo-friendly, this unbelievable fish taco bowl is also gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and sugar free. You heard me. You just found a dinner recipe full of wholesome, satisfying ingredients that almost everyone can enjoy.

Key Ingredients

Mango – Mango! Not enough recipes use mango, if you ask me. They give this dish an amazing tropical feel, especially when you pair them with the blackened fish. You’ll be transported instantly to a warm, sunny day with your feet in the sand and a margarita in your hand. I mean, without tequila, of course. Because Whole30.

Fish – Tilapia, cod, and mahi-mahi will all work in this recipe, so use whatever you have or like or can find. They’re all good low-calorie, high-protein sources of vitamins and nutrients.

Coconut Milk – Don’t worry. This fish taco bowl is NOT overwhelmingly coconut-flavored. You’ll get a slight hint, which just goes incredibly well with the tropical mango. It makes the aioli and the cauliflower rice rich and creamy, so don’t skip it!

Chef’s Tips

  • Massaging the cabbage with lime juice and salt is a really important step, so don’t skip it! It’ll affect the taste and texture of the slaw.
  • Fish doesn’t take long to cook at all, so be careful not to overdo it! Since all the other components of the bowl just need to be combined, you can cook the fish last, that way you’re ready to eat as soon as it’s done!
Angled view of Whole30 fish taco bowl.

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 36 votes

Whole30 Fish Taco Bowl with Mango Salsa and Chipotle Aioli (Paleo, Low Carb)


Prep 20 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 35 minutes
These Whole30 fish taco bowls with mango salsa and chipotle aioli make an absolutely wonderful Whole30 dinner. Loaded with guacamole, mango salsa, red cabbage slaw, coconut-lime cauliflower rice, and spicy chipotle aioli, I promise this will become your favorite paleo fish recipe or Whole30 fish recipe. Pinky promise! This Whole30 fish taco bowls recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and sugar-free. Nothin’ fishy about it (SORRY!).
4 servings

Ingredients

For the Blackened Fish

For the Guacamole

  • 2 avocados peeled, seeded, and diced
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch salt plus more to taste

For the Chipotle Aioli

For the Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red onion chopped
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch salt plus more to taste

For the Red Cabbage Slaw

  • ¼ head red cabbage approximately 2 cups, sliced thin or shaved
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste

For the Coconut-Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 head cauliflower stems removed, loosely chopped; approximately 3 cups
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch salt plus more to taste

Instructions

For the Blackened Fish

  • Combine all spices in a small bowl and rub generously over top and bottom of fish fillets.
  • Heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat and add fish. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes on each side, or until fish flakes easily. Do not overcook.

For the Guacamole

  • Combine all ingredients and mash until desired consistency. Add more salt or lime juice to taste.

For the Chipotle Aioli

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt or lime juice to taste.

For the Mango Salsa

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well to distribute ingredients thoroughly.

For the Red Cabbage Slaw

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. With your hands, massage lime juice and salt into cabbage to tenderize, until purple juices are released.

For the Coconut-Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • Fit your food processor with the shredding blade or regular blade and feed chopped cauliflower in. Process until cauliflower resembles rice or couscous. Alternately, use pre-riced cauliflower.
  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook until liquid is mostly evaporated and cauliflower is tender, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and assemble taco bowls.

Assemble Your Whole30 Fish Taco Bowls

  • Spoon coconut-lime cauliflower rice into individual serving bowl. Spoon red cabbage slaw next to cauliflower rice. Top with fish fillet, guacamole, then mango salsa. Finally, top with chipotle aioli. Serve immediately.
  • This recipe uses 1 small red onion and 1 bunch of cilantro total, divided between the mango salsa and the guac.
  • You’ll need just under one full 14-ounce can of full-fat coconut milk, divided between the cauliflower rice and the chipotle aioli.
  • Make it Keto: Skip the mango salsa. I know, I know. It breaks my heart to say that, but mangoes just aren’t keto-friendly. Skipping the salsa will make this Whole30 Fish Taco Bowl roughly 588 calories, 21g total carbs, and 11g net carbs.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 588calProtein: 24gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 1020mgPotassium: 1395mgTotal Carbs: 29gFiber: 11gSugar: 12gNet Carbs: 18gVitamin A: 1516IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 5mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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63 Comments

  1. I love this recipe! I’ve made it a couple times now and it takes me a good hour to prep it. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.5 stars

  2. This was fantastic. I used salmon because it was the only fish I had on hand it was delicious. My picky husband loved it too.5 stars

    1. Love, love, love when we can please even the picky eaters. 😉 Thanks for leaving your review, Dany!

  3. I messed up the rice and this still gets 5 stars. Definitely takes awhile to make all the components but so worth it!5 stars

  4. Wow wow wow! I made this tonight (excluding the cauliflower) and it was outstanding! That Chipotle aioli is life changing!!5 stars

  5. I was looking up anti-inflammatory recipes and came across this. Not doingthe Whole 30 thing, but trying to eat better for my health. Look, I HATE fish! But THIS! was absolutely DELICIOUS! I am going to use this recipe a couple times a month to help get my omega 3’s. Nice tropical twist! Thank you!

  6. I was really hesitant to make this dish because it’s so many ingredients and lots of chopping. I finally made it and I’m overwhelmed by how delicious it was. That sauce is amazing! I thought the cauliflower rice would be boring but the mango salsa really took it over the top.5 stars

  7. I bought all of the ingredients and now that I’m looking at the recipe again, there is no break down to where each ingredient belongs. Can you break up the ingredients and make it clear which component of the bowl they belong to? Right now, it appears as though they all belong to the fish. Please?!

    1. So sorry about the confusion! We have some recipe cards with lost ingredients headers, but this one should be fixed now!

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