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Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe with Smoky Lime Crema – Grilling San Diego Padres Style!

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Grilled Fish Tacos Recipe with Smoky Lime Crema - Grilling San Diego Padres Style

Grilled fish tacos recipe, San Diego Padres style

There’s nothing like hearing the sights, hearing the sounds, and smelling the aromas at the ballpark during a Major League baseball game. As the last days of warm weather wind down, we are taking advantage and grilling outdoors whenever we can. We’re big baseball fans around here, and you’d better believe that we’re grilling fresh fish tacos, San Diego Padres style!

Grilling with Kingsford® Original Charcoal

We attend San Diego Padres games quite often, and even though hot dogs are on the menu, it’s the fish tacos that we are in love with. Barbecue and baseball are some of America’s favorite pastimes, so Kingsford has partnered with Major League Baseball to share the best of grilling, creating their Taste of The Game cookbook.

The cookbook features unique recipes to represent all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Each recipe is inspired by each city’s famous dishes, such as plantains in the Dominican neighborhoods in New York, cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, and of course, fresh grilled fish tacos recipe in San Diego.

Grilled fish tacos with lime crema

As an ode to our home team, we tried the grilled fish tacos recipe from the Kingsford Taste of The Game cookbook and WOW. Fresh grilled fish with a smoky lime crema sauce, spicy cabbage slaw, and topped with fresh avocado and cilantro made this the perfect Southern California meal! There’s really nothing like grilling with charcoal, the glowing embers and smoky flavors are undefeated! Try their fish tacos recipe in your backyard with friends and family, just like you would at the game.


  • ½ cup Mexican crema or sour cream
  • 1½ teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix or shredded green cabbage
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 pound white flaky fish, such as mahi mahi
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • diced avocado, for garnish
  • minced cilantro, for garnish
Grilled fish tacos recipe with Kingsford Original Charcoal


Build your charcoal fire with Kingsford® Original Charcoal, preheating to around 450º. Oil the grates on the grill to prevent sticking.

Prep and grill the fish tacos

Rub the fish with the 2 tablespoons olive oil and season well with salt, pepper and 1 tsp. smoked paprika. We had rockfish, which was delicious, but falls apart quickly! I guess that’s not so bad since the fish has to be flaked anyway.

Place the fish onto the grill for 4 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook for another minute. Remove from the grill and let the fish rest for five minutes. Flake with a fork and set aside.

Fresh grilled rockfish for fish tacos

Make the spicy slaw

To make the slaw, toss the coleslaw mix or cabbage with the jalapeño pepper, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Season to taste with salt and plenty of pepper, adding more lime juice if desired.

Make the smoky lime crema sauce

Combine the crema or sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.

Making grilled fish tacos with Kingsford and MLB inspired by the San Diego Padres

Put it all together and you have grilled fish tacos!

Grill the tortillas over direct heat until they are warmed, about 20-30 seconds on each side. Layer the grilled fish, cabbage slaw, and avocado onto each tortilla. Drizzle with smoky lime crema sauce and top with cilantro. Now, we eat!

Grilled fish tacos with smoky lime crema

Get grilling this baseball season!

Put your grilling skills to the test and try out some of these ballpark eats with Kingsford’s Taste of The Game cookbook! All recipes can be found on the Taste of The Game website, and you can buy a hard copy of the book here. Inside the book, there are 6 interviews with some of MLB’s greatest legends – David Ortiz, Omar Vizquel, Harold Reynolds, Eric Karros, Vinny Castilla, and Byung-Hyun Kim. Enjoy these recipes from your favorite MLB teams. Which one are you going to try first?

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