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Bring the coastline into your kitchen with these fresh kimchi tacos with cod. The cod is coated with crispy Mexican-spiced breadcrumbs and each tortilla is topped with fresh ingredients such as guacamole, sour cream, edamame and of course–Korean kimchi! In just over 20 minutes, you can be enjoying these fresh, fusion tacos at home.

Kimchi and cod tacos in a brown dish, edamame beans and chili peppers on the side.

Kimchi Taco Ingredients

Kimchi taco ingredients prepped on light brown background.
  • Kimchi
  • Cod
  • Edamame beans
  • Flour tortillas
  • Eggs, for breading
  • Bread crumbs
  • Taco seasoning
  • Dried oregano
  • Oil for frying
  • Other toppings: guacamole, sour cream, fresh cilantro and lime wedges

The vibrantly colored kimchi, vegetables and toppings make these tacos perfect for a celebratory dinner. Asian and Mexican flavors combine to make a dish that’s spicy, savory and refreshing at the same time. Serve these fish tacos on colorful plates for a restaurant-quality touch.

Kimchi and cod tacos in a brown dish, edamame beans in the background.

In Asian cuisine, kimchi and edamame beans frequently go together. Edamame beans are lightly sweet and buttery with a firm texture, offsetting the spiciness of the kimchi. Adding edamame beans to your tacos gives them more protein and texture–and more authenticity, too. Plus, they add shades of bright green that match the guacamole.

Kimchi and cod tacos in a brown dish, lime wedges and chili peppers on the side.

For extra authenticity, swap out the sour cream for Mexican crema. Like sour cream, the crema is rich, creamy and dairy-based but slightly thinner. Crema is also a bit more salty and sour with the addition of salt and lime juice.

Other sour cream alternatives include crème fraîche and plain yogurt. Just keep in mind that while the toppings look similar, they all have different tastes and textures.

Kimchi and cod soft tacos standing up in a brown dish.

You can serve fish tacos any time of year, but kimchi tacos go well with spring and summer celebrations. The fresh fish and vibrant colors make you feel like you’re sitting on the beach. Lime wedges add a sharp citrus tang to the ingredients. If you’re having a party, serve up some margaritas that enhance the citrus flavor.

Did you like the combination of kimchi and cod wrapped up in a soft taco? We love exploring Mexican-Korean fusion dishes. Let us know what you thought in the comments and please share the recipe!

Kimchi and cod soft tacos standing up in a brown dish.
Kimchi and cod soft tacos standing up in a brown dish.

Kimchi Tacos

Joss D
Bring the coastline into your kitchen with these fresh kimchi soft tacos with cod.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean, Mexican
Servings 10 tacos
Calories 302 kcal


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups canola oil - approximately (for frying)
  • 1 lb. cod fillets - cut into 2” pieces
  • 10 flour tortillas - 6”


  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame beans
  • 1 cup kimchi - chopped into smaller pieces
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Fresh cilantro - chopped
  • Lime wedges


  • Cook the edamame beans according to package instructions. Set aside.
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
    A small bowl of cracked eggs and a medium bowl with breadcrumbs., raw cod pieces on the side.
  • Combine the bread crumbs, taco seasoning, oregano and salt in a separate bowl.
    1 cup plain bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon salt
    A small bowl of beaten eggs and a medium bowl with breadcrumbs.
  • Fill a deep, heavy frying pan or wok with canola oil until it’s 1/2” deep. Heat over medium heat.
  • Dip the cod pieces into the egg and then gently roll them in the bread crumbs, making sure they are covered evenly.
    Raw cod pieces dipped in a small bowl of eggs beaten and a bowl of breadcrumbs.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully place the breaded cod in the pan. Fry until golden and crispy on both sides, about 2 minutes per side (fry in batches so that you don’t crowd the pan). Transfer them to a baking rack with paper towel underneath it.
    Breaded cod pieces in a frying pan with hot oil.
  • Heat the tortillas (optional):
    Microwave – Stack the tortillas on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until warm.
    Oven – Preheat oven to 300°F. Stack the tortillas and wrap them in foil. Bake until heated through, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Top each tortilla with the cod, sour cream, guacamole, kimchi and edamame beans. Serve with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.
    Kimchi and cod tacos in a brown dish, edamame beans in the background.


Frying pan


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 15gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 459mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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