A Carb-Free and Sugar-Free Crispy Fish Taco Recipe

Guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Crispy Fish Tacos, Luke Hines

This recipe is a wicked crowd-pleaser, with none of the carbs and sugar traditionally associated with tacos. Instead of the carb-heavy corn taco shell, we use lettuce cups to enjoy these babies!

Crispy Fish Tacos with Guacamole

Serves 4


500 g flathead fillets, skinned and pin-boned

Sea salt

Coconut oil, for deep-frying

8 butter or iceberg lettuce leaves

2 lemon cheeks

Crumb Coating

2 eggs

60 g tapioca flour

1 cup almond meal


1 avocado, roughly diced

1 small red chilli, seeded and roughly chopped

1⁄2 red onion, finely diced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 tablespoon olive oil

juice of 1 lime


  1. To make the guacamole, combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside, ready to serve in your lettuce cup tacos with the fish.
  2. To prepare your crumb coating, whisk the eggs in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of water, then set aside. Put the tapioca flour in another bowl, and the almond meal in a third bowl.
  3. Cut the flathead fillets into eight even portions and season them with a little salt. Dust the fish pieces lightly with the tapioca flour, dip them in the egg mixture, and then press them firmly in the almond meal until both sides are coated.
  4. Put the coconut oil in a wok or large saucepan and heat it to 160°C. To make sure the oil is at the right temperature, drop in a small piece of fish. It should bubble instantly around the edges.
  5. Fry the fish in batches, for about 90 seconds per batch, or until cooked through. Drain the fish on paper towel and season with salt.
    6. Put the fish in a lettuce cup, give it a good dollop of guacamole and squeeze a little lemon juice over the top, then wrap to form the tacos.

Recipe courtesy of @LukeHinesOnline from Clean Living: Eat Clean All Year by Luke Hines and Scott Gooding ($29.99), published by Hachette Australia.


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