Mary Knize

Fishless Tacos with Mango Salsa

2 min read


I have to say, I was pretty skeptical the first time we tried Gardein Golden Fishless Filets. I'm not sponsored by Gardein or anything, but I'll recommend these every time. They really do taste like fried fish, and they crisp up really well in an air fryer or convection oven. Plus, you'll never find a bone in these filets!

This recipe makes about four small tacos. There are only seven small filets in a bag, which is the one drawback. You're paying a premium for a small amount of product.


  • 1 cup frozen mango, thawed, or 1 cubed fresh mango.
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, or diced tomato.
  • 2 red sweet snacking peppers, 1 to 2 jalapeños, or 1/2 a red bell pepper, seeded.
  • 1 small shallot, or 1/2 a large shallot.
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, whole sprigs.
  • Juice of 1 lime.
  • Sea salt to taste.
  • 1 package Gardein Golden Fishless Filets.
  • 4 flour or corn tortillas.
  • Sour cream and cheese, if desired.

Make the mango salsa first, because you want to give this time for all the flavors to get to know each other. Throw the mango cubes, tomato, peppers (use jalapeños if you like the heat and have them on hand, I didn't, so I used some mini snacking peppers), shallot, cilantro, lime, and a pinch of salt into a food processor. You can throw everything in nearly whole and make the food processor do the work for you. Pulse five or six times until everything is roughly chopped and the consistency you want. I like a smaller chop, and the mango begins to liquefy, which brings it close to the consisitency of a jarred salsa. Give the salsa a taste and add more salt as needed, then put it into a bowl, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.

After the mango salsa's been chilling for a while, prepare the fishless filets. I've tried preparing them in a convection oven per the package directions, baked at 425°F for 20 minutes, flipping the filets halfway, and it turns out very good. However, preparing them in the air fryer on high for about 10 minutes on each side gets them very, very crispy, so I recommend using an air fryer if you have one.

Once the filets are done, cut them into five or six cubes each. This'll help them fill out the taco a little better than if they're full filets. Give the tortillas a quick microwave to soften them up, then spoon the filet cubes into the middle of each tortilla. Top with shredded cheese, if you like, then add the mango salsa. Lastly, add a dollop of sour cream to the top. Enjoy!

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