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Jessica Alvarez, RD, LD/N, CDCES
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at Moffitt 

While we stay safer at home this summer, we can still celebrate with our own fish fiesta! These festive and healthy baked fish tacos feature a balance of ingredients designed to make this an especially diabetic-friendly recipe.

As a Diabetes Educator on the Clinical Nutrition team here at Moffitt, Jessica Alvarez shares healthy meal ideas like this with patients every day.

"Maintaining a healthy and steady blood sugar level is important for cancer patients and survivors," explains Jessica. "And now we also see an increased risk of severe COVID-19 among individuals with cancer and diabetes." Above-target blood sugars could contribute to more severe complications.

So whether cooling off by the pool or relaxing with the family, try out this recipe that is lower in calories and sugar but will still keep energy levels up so you can enjoy more summer fun.

Summer Fish Taco Recipe

4 servings - 2 tacos each
41g total carbohydrates/serving


Fish Marinade: 
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 ½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin
½ ground paprika
Salt and black pepper to taste

Creamy Cabbage Slaw: 
4 cups shredded cabbage (green/purple)
1 carrot, shredded
3 scallions sliced thin
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp honey
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup Greek yogurt
2 cloves minced garlic
1 jalapeno, minced- optional
Salt and black pepper to taste

1 lb. firm flesh whitefish (tilapia, halibut, cod, bass, grouper, haddock, catfish, or snapper)
8- 6 inch corn tortillas


Mix all ingredients in marinade together, marinate fish for 30 minutes. Mix all ingredients in cabbage slaw together in large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place marinated fish on baking sheet and pour excess marinate on top of fish. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until fish is fully cooked and easily flakes with a fork. Cut into chunks. Heat tortilla until desired. Assemble tacos- Place slaw on the bottom of each tortilla, top with fish. Serve with lime wedges.

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Original content written by Nutrition Therapy Department.