BEST Grilled Rockfish Tacos

Best Grilled Rockfish Tacos are the ultimate easy summer dinner. Smoke and grill the fish, prepare the fresh toppings, and let guests make their own tacos!

Easy Grilled Rockfish Tacos

What I love about the end of summer is that we can still enjoy slow living. Now don’t get me wrong, we’ve had parties, people coming and going from out-of-town, all of our kids home, and you can say at times, it’s hectic.

Fish tacos – so good

And this slow-cooked, smoked Grilled Rockfish Tacos recipe? So good! (You may also love my Easy Flank Steak Tacos or Rotisserie Chicken Mole Tacos or Thai Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos!)

But friends, as life speeds up, we have to purposely slow it down. Last Sunday, we floated the river again with dear friends for a few hours.

Deschutes River Kayak

I love floating the river, because you basically do nothing.

Cardinals Landing

It was chillier out, and the breeze felt so good. The water was cold, but the beauty around us made us cozy-warm to be with our friends.

Deschutes River duck

What is rockfish?

This week we sat outside and enjoyed delicious Best Grilled Rockfish Tacos with our kids.

Rockfish is mild in flavor, a Pacific ocean perch (or Rose fish, Red bream or Red perch), and it makes delicious fish tacos!

Smoked BEST Grilled Rockfish Tacos

Smoke the rockfish (or you can skip this step and just go on to grilling the fish). If you don’t have a “smoke” setting on your grill. Cook the fish at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until done (depending on how thick it is), flipping the fish once.

While the grilling is happening, get the toppings ready.

This is when we usually turn on the music, grab a drink, and have fun as a family.

Smoked BEST Grilled Rockfish Tacos Recipe

Slowing down, being intentional about our conversation and asking about each other’s day, being present in the moment.

We never want to take a day for granted.

To love and cherish our families, to eat together, delicious food that nourishes our bodies.

We are a very thankful bunch.

Best Grilled Rockfish Tacos

And these tacos are fantastic.

We love to grill a lot of rockfish (we buy it fresh at Costco) and then have a lot left over for the next day.

Tacos again? Taco salad, fish in eggs, fish quesadillas. The list goes on and on!

Easy Smoked BEST Grilled Rockfish Tacos

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Best Grilled Rockfish Tacos

If you don’t have a “smoke" setting on your grill. Cook the fish at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until done (depending on how thick it is), flipping the fish once.


  • 1.5 - 2 pounds fresh rockfish we buy at Costco
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Favorite seasoning (we use Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • For the Tacos: Corn tortillas
  • Olive oil to fry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Avocado
  • Purple cabbage thinly shaven
  • Jalapeño cut into thin rounds
  • Chipotle tabasco sauce
  • Green Goddess Dressing buy at Trader Joe's
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Red onion thinly shaved
  • Cherry tomatoes sliced into fourths
  • Bell pepper


  • Skip STEP 4 if you don’t have a “smoke" setting on your grill. Cook the fish at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until done (depending on how thick it is), flipping the fish once.
  • Prepare the fish by washing and drying it (paper towels) and laying it on a large cookie sheet.
  • Drizzle with butter (or brush it on when you place on the grill). Salt and pepper or use your favorite seasoning. (We also like to use Lawry’s Seasoning Salt).
  • For smoking, place the fish on the grill for about 10-15 minutes on the “LO SMOKE” setting.
  • Remove the fish, bring the grill up to 375 degrees, and place the fish back on.
  • Grill the fish for 7-8 minutes, until the fish is done.
  • Prepare the taco ingredients. Flake the fish with a fork, or serve in large chunks. Make tacos and serve!

More taco recipes: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Mexican Cole Slaw [The Food Charlatan], or Crock Pot Chicken Tacos [Valerie’s Kitchen], or Instant Pot Chicken Tacos [Spend with Pennies].

Best Grilled Rockfish Tacos Recipe

3 comments on “BEST Grilled Rockfish Tacos”

  1. Smoked fish! I’ve never even thought about doing that. It sounds amazing! Fish tacos are my favorite!

  2. I love fish tacos! I remember loving to catch lake perch and bluegill with my dad. They were so tasty so I bet I’d love rockfish. Who am I kidding, I love all fish

  3. love the “slow-simplified” philosophy that you embrace here and in all of your posts, also nice rockfish tacos. love how there’s so many different names for the same fish too, anyway nicely different than my beef taco recipes, thank yuo

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