Quick and delicious, these salmon tacos are a perfect blend of savory and fresh. They are a fast yet gourmet option for a busy weeknight dinner. Packed with the rich flavors of perfectly cooked salmon and a burst of zesty toppings, they promise to satisfy your taste buds in just minutes.
Salmon tacos are one of the easier dinners you can whip up on a busy weeknight. Watch your whole family devour them in mere minutes. The best part is that you didn’t slave over a hot stove for hours.
Why Should You Make Them?
- These tacos are incredibly easy. You can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.
- The whole family will love these tacos, topped with a spicy coleslaw; they are the perfect combination of crunchy with tender salmon.
- They are a healthy recipe for your family. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are part of a healthy diet.
- They are quite versatile. Choose your favorite toppings and mix and match.
What You Need
- Salmon: Choose a Sockeye, King (Chinook) filet, or Atlantic salmon. When choosing the cut, choose one with white marbling. This is fat, and ultimately, the salmon will be more tender.
- Oil: We prefer olive oil with this recipe, but you can substitute your favorite oil, as well.
- Garlic Powder: If you have it, granulated garlic is great, too.
- Onion Powder: You can use dehydrated onion flakes, too.
- Chili Powder: You can use a chili powder blend, chipotle chili powder, or cayenne pepper.
- Cumin: Probably the most important ingredient.
- Oregano: Use Mexican oregano if you have it.
- Salt and Pepper: Use kosher salt and coarse ground pepper for the best flavor.
- Tortillas: Choose either corn or flour tortillas; we prefer corn.
- Fish Slaw: A creamy, slaw that is a bit spicy pairs perfectly with these tacos.
How to Make Them
Make the Spicy Coleslaw first. Then refrigerate.
Add spices to a small bowl.
Coat the salmon on both sides with the spice mix.
Add olive oil to a cast iron pan and preheat it over medium-high heat.
Place the filet in when the pan is hot.
Flip the salmon and sear it on the second side until the internal temperature reaches 130°F, measured in the thickest part of the filet with an instant-read thermometer.
Let the fish rest for about five minutes. Flake it up into bite-sized pieces with a fork.
Heat your flour or corn tortillas. Build your tacos with the coleslaw and fish. Garnish with chopped cilantro, hot sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, if desired.
Need help warming your tortillas? See our comprehensive post for many ways to heat both flour and corn tortillas.
- You can use this recipe to make fish tacos with tilapia, cod, or halibut, or choose your favorite fish.
- Instead of using the spicy slaw, you can garnish the tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and cheese.
- Make an Asian-inspired taco by marinating the salmon in soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and honey. Top it with a cabbage slaw made with an oil-based vinaigrette. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with sliced cucumbers.
- BBQ salmon tacos are great, just basted with your favorite BBQ sauce. Serve these with slaw and crispy fried onions.
- Top these salmon tacos with mango or citrus-pineapple salsa for a different twist.
- Mix smoked salmon with cream cheese, dill, and a touch of mustard. Serve these with sliced cucumber and red onion.
What to Serve with Them
Serve these delicious tacos with cotija or queso fresco cheese. Black beans or refried beans make a healthy side. They can even be served with Mexican rice.
How to Store Leftovers
Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat the salmon in the microwave for 30 seconds, air fry the leftovers for about 2 minutes, or eat the salmon cold. It is still delicious cold. Leftover cold, the salmon is great in a salad or in a power bowl.
Freezing: Although the salmon can be frozen, it is not recommended. The texture of the fish will suffer.
What to Serve with Salmon Tacos
- Spicy Slaw
- Lime Wedges
- Peach Salsa
- Mango Salsa
- Citrus Salsa
- Avocado crema
- Chipotle Salsa
- Salsa Verde
- Hot Sauce
- Pickled Onion
More Taco Recipes
- Pheasant Tacos
- Rabbit Tacos
- Brisket Tacos
- Venison Tacos
- Chicken Tacos
- Pork Tacos
- Lobster Tacos
- Chorizo Tacos
We hope you like this easy recipe for quick salmon tacos. Try them today. You won’t be sorry.
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- spicy coleslaw see recipe in notes below
- Dry off salmon with paper towel.1 pounds salmon
- Add spices to a small bowl.1 Teaspoon Chili powder, 1 Teaspoon garlic, granulated, 1 Teaspoon onion powder, 1 Teaspoon ground cumin, 1 Teaspoon Mexican oregano, ½ Teaspoon coarse kosher salt or sea salt, ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Mix well.
- Coat the salmon on both sides with the spice mix.
- Add olive oil to a cast iron pan and preheat it over medium-high heat.Place the filet in when the pan is hot.2 Teaspoons olive oil
- Flip the salmon and sear it on the second side until the internal temperature reaches 130°F, measured in the thickest part of the filet.
- Let the fish rest for about five minutes. Flake it up into bite-sized pieces with a fork.
- Warm tortillas. Build your tacos with the coleslaw and fish. Garnish with chopped cilantro, hot sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and spicy coleslaw, if desired.8 corn tortillas, lime wedges, spicy coleslaw
Originally published February 6, 2024.