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Carb-Free Fish Lettuce Tacos

Photography by Beth Warren

Honoring your health and weight goals while trying to cook dinners the whole family will enjoy is a challenge. However, there are many healthy recipes out there that will work for the whole family. My best advice is to create a meal that has “layers,” so you don’t waste time, energy, and money creating an entirely different meal just for you. Instead, you simply add an option to the meal so it suits everybody.

These fish lettuce tacos are a great example. While you can also offer flour tortillas, adding a “layer” by offering the fish in lettuce shells is not a huge stretch in effort. You’d be surprised by how your family may actually prefer the veggie option!


Lettuce Fish Tacos
  • 1 lb (½ kg) white fish, cubed (e.g., cod)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
Fish Seasoning
  • 1 tsp chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • juice of 1 lime
For Assembly
  • 1 head large-leaf lettuce (e.g., iceberg, butter, collard green, or romaine; see note)
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)
  • lime slices, for garnish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lay cubed fish on the paper and pat dry, then rub with olive oil.

In a small bowl, stir together the seasoning ingredients; brush mixture around all sides of the fish. Squeeze fresh lime juice over fish.

Bake for 10–14 minutes. For a crispier finish, broil for the last 2 minutes.

To assemble the tacos: Use a fork to pull the fish apart into bite-size pieces, or leave the fish in cubes. Serve a portion on top of a large lettuce leaf, along with optional ingredients. Garnish with a lime slice, if desired.

Tip: To offer your family a high-fiber carb option, swap corn tortillas for almond or whole-wheat flour tortillas.

Note: Please consult your rav on how to properly check lettuce for bugs.

To schedule a nutrition appointment with Beth virtually, or in the Brooklyn Flatbush or Jersey Shore locations, email beth@bethwarrennutrition.com or call 347-292-1725. Most insurances accepted. You can also follow her at beth_warren for healthy eating motivation and recipes. Beth’s book, Secrets of a Kosher Girl (Post Hill 2018), is available on Amazon.


(Originally featured in Family Table, Issue 806)

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