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The Best Rice for Fish Tacos

There’s nothing quite like a delicious fish taco – it’s the perfect balance of crunchy, savory and tart. That’s why today we’re talking about rice for fish tacos.

In this post, we’ll share our favorite recipe for rice that pairs perfectly with tacos. With black beans, banana peppers, and lime juice, this rice has a zesty kick that will take your tacos to the next level!

the best rice for fish tacos

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Types of rice that go well with fish tacos

For an exciting twist on your favorite tacos, try some different rice varieties! Long grain rice, such as basmati rice, is a great choice for fish tacos – it adds nutty flavor and a wonderful texture contrast. Another classic rice kind used with tacos is jasmine rice, which is delicately fragrant.

You could also go for brown rice if you’re looking for something a bit healthier – the nuttiness pairs perfectly with the bold flavors of the tacos. Additionally, you can mix white or brown rice with some quinoa in cooking for an extra protein boost and lower the overall carb count. Whichever variety you choose to use, you’ll be sure to have an amazingly delicious meal!

quinoa and brown rice for fish tacos

Some more Mexican dishes to try on a busy weeknight

Here are some quick taco inspired dishes ideas that you can try when you are on a tight schedule and need a meal ready within a half hour or less.

This rice recipe also pairs well with Vegan tacos.

How to cook rice for tacos

Tacos are a delicious meal that offers endless flavor combinations. To make rice, first heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then add in two cups of rice, stirring continuously to coat with oil. Once the rice is lightly browned and slightly crisp, add 1 ½ cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered until the rice is tender and liquid has evaporated; this should take about 15 minutes.

How to make rice for fish tacos

Once your rice is cooked, fry the banana peppers and onions in a skillet using a cooking oil spray. Then, add in the black beans (don’t drain its liquid) and the following seasonings: 1 tsp each of garlic powder, cumin (whole or powder), and oregano. Simmer everything for 10-15 minutes.

banana peppers and onions on a skillet for cooking rice for fish tacos
onions, banana peppers and seasoning on a skillet to cook rice for fish tacos

Remove the skillet from heat and add in 1 tablespoon of red vinegar and ¾ of chopped, fresh cilantro. Serve the beans over rice and top with remaining chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice for extra zest.

rice for fish tacos served in a dish

Rice dish variations

Rice can be a delicious side or even the main component of fish tacos. If you’re looking for an easy and flavorful way to use rice with your tacos, try a rice bowl! A combination of brown rice, onion, garlic, cilantro and other spices is the perfect way to add both texture and flavor to your fish tacos.

Seasonal vegetables or beans can also be added for extra nutrition. Additionally, experiment with different rice types like short-grain rice or wild rice for unique flavor profiles. Rice isn’t just a side dish – it can be the start of a delicious and nutritious fish taco meal!

rice for fish tacos on a spoon

Rice for Fish Tacos

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This rice dish for fish tacos will make a great combination with your fish tacos. The banana peppers give it that kick while the beans give the dish an extra protein boost.


  • 2 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 ¾ cups red onion, chopped
  • 1 banana pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can black beans, not drained
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Cilantro, chopped, divided
  • Lime wedges


  1. Cook rice per directions, set aside
  2. In a skillet sprayed lightly with nonstick spray cook the onion and banana pepper until tender
  3. Add in black beans with juice and all seasonings
  4. Simmer on low 10-15 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar and ¾ of the cilantro
  6. Serve the beans over rice and top with more cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 0.6gSaturated Fat 0.1gTrans Fat 0.1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 442mgCarbohydrates 40gNet Carbohydrates 30gFiber 10gSugar 0.3gProtein 9.7g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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