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Oscar's Taco Shop inspiration: Fish tacos

Crisp, cool lettuce and well seasoned fish give this taco some serious flavor.
Crisp, cool lettuce and well seasoned fish give this taco some serious flavor.
Amanda Johnson

Since 2007, Oscar's Taco Shop in Franklin (the original location) has been growing and providing delicious So-Cal Mexican food to middle Tennessee. Nine different locations are now open, and the Ruiz family has made Oscar's the fastest growing Mexican restaurant in our area. Learn more about their family history here.

Their commitment to freshness and the original taqueria recipes passed down from Oscar Ruiz's father is what makes their food so wonderful. Everything on their menu is handmade and so tempting.

One of their most recently opened locations happened down the street from me in Smyrna, on Sam Ridley Parkway. I will be frequenting this establishment quite often! See the website for their other locations in middle Tennessee only. Visitors to our area should check out the original Franklin location on Cumberland Avenue, to see where it all began. Or run into either restaurant in Nashville and get your fix!

One of my favorite foods from Oscar's is the fish tacos. Their secret sauce is so amazingly delicious, and their verde sauce is even better. I did not try to recreate their recipe (Mine would never have compared!), but I did make my own fish tacos here at home. Making your own homemade flour tortillas can be time consuming, but it's worth it in the end!


  • homemade flour tortillas
  • 2 fish filets (any type of white fish will do)
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs salsa or hot sauce (tomato based)
  • 3 tbs cilantro
  • lettuce, shredded thinly
  • 1/2 cup cheese

In a skillet, start by adding your sliced onions and peppers and saute lightly. While they are cooking, prepare your fish by cutting it into chunks, and tossing it in the chili powder and cumin. Add the fish and tomato to the pan, along with the lemon juice and salsa. When completely finished cooking, toss in the cilantro.

Lay lettuce down in your tortillas, then serve the fish and pepper mix over with a sprinkle of cheese and a drizzle of creamy spicy baja sauce. Eat and enjoy! Makes about 4 soft tacos.


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