Crappie tacos
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Crappie fish tacos with lime

Crappie tacos

Fun to catch, great to eat

By Drew Cushing
DWR Aquatic Section Chief

White crappie

White crappie
Courtesy Nathan Martinez

This recipe is taken from a previous blog post, "Fishing for a feast." See this post to learn more about how to catch crappie and other tasty panfish.

In the spring, crappie school in large numbers. If you're fishing and find one crappie, you'll find many more nearby. May and June are the best months to catch them.

These fish have a very mild flavor, even when compared to other panfish. Crappie can grow as large as 15 inches, but are usually 9 to 12 inches long. The catch limit for crappie at most waterbodies in Utah is 50.

When grilled or fried, crappie make great fish tacos. Here's a taco recipe to try:


  • Grilled or fried crappie (as much or as little as you want)
  • Tortilla/taco shells
  • 1 can Spanish/Mexican rice
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 bags shredded cabbage
  • ½ purple onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (seeds or powder)


Step 1

Seed and dice the jalapeño.

Step 2

Remove the leaves from the cilantro, then wash them. Then chop.

Crappie fish tacos with lime

Consider serving with lemon or lime for added flavor!

Step 3

Finely dice the onion.

Step 4

Mix the diced jalapeño, cilantro leaves and diced onion together. Sprinkle the cumin.

Step 5

Place the mixed ingredients in tortilla or taco shells, and add some shredded cabbage. Finally, add your previously grilled or fried crappie.

Crappie fish tacos with lime

Consider serving with lemon or lime for added flavor!


Drew Cushing

Drew Cushing

Drew Cushing is chief of the Division's aquatic section. He works with other DWR personnel and angling groups to ensure appropriate and consistent program direction. Drew is an avid angler and hunter.

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