Cabbage slaw for fish tacos v1.3

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Cabbage slaw for fish tacos v1.3

I've offered a couple of different cabbage slaw recipes in past years, but this latest version is the best so far. 

I piled it on top of ancho-crusted halibut (liberally covered the fish with salt, pepper, and ancho chili powder then cooked it in a little high heat safflower oil in a cast-iron skillet over high heat for about 6 minutes on the first side and 4 minutes side two}. 

The small white corn tortillas worked really well — I stacked them up, wrapped them in aluminum foil, then heated them all at once in a 400-degree oven.

Servings: 6

Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced or a handful of cherry​ tomatoes cut in half


  • 1 clove garlic, minced then mashed
  • 1-inch jalapeño, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Toss the veggies together in a salad bowl.  
  2. Whisk the vinaigrette in another bowl.  
  3. Dress the slaw then serve over hot flaked blackened fish on a hot white corn tortilla.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 120
  • Total fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 8 g
  • Dietary fiber: 3 g
  • Total sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 2 g