November 29, 2022

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Salmon Tacos

close up of salmon tacos on a plate with some lime slices around, some sour cream and avocado salsa

Salmon Tacos may very well be one of my favorite taco recipes! It’s the spiced crispy salmon chunks, the charred tortilla, the toppings and just how simple and quick this is to make! So many varieties to make this too–today we chose a mango avocado  salsa and herb crema. YUM!

Before we hit all the details on this delicious salmon tacos recipe, I need to say that these would go perfectly with our Fish Taco Slaw recipe. That slaw is made for fish tacos, and I’ve shared it with the Mahi Mahi Tacos which is another variation of fish tacos. Can you tell we’re obsessed?

So we’ve been making salmon tacos on repeat–like we can’t get enough of these tacos! 

Why Salmon Tacos

    • So TASTY! Salmon is a seriously tasty fish and you can imagine the flavor it adds to fish tacos!
    • Cooking the salmon in the air fryer is a game changer!! Just watch this Air Fryer Salmon video recipe!
    • You can play around with toppings and sauces to make this recipe different every time, and it would taste SO GOOD!
    • It’s a 20 minute meal start to finish! So it’s a perfect choice for busy nights.
    • Super filling, hearty and nutritious.
    • Perfect for a healthy, clean tasting meal that you’ll feel so good about enjoying!
    • The salmon tacos are also great for entertaining and for fun gatherings like the superbowl!
    • Leftovers can be made into a large Taco Salad! SO GOOD!
 

Salmon Tacos Ingredients

  • Salmon –Well that’s the hero ingredient here! You can use farm raised, wild or Sockeye Salmon. I love cutting it into chunks–more on that below on how to section.
  • Spices –really simple dry spice blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, chilli powder and oregano.
  • Olive oil –Use quality olive oil.

Avocado Salsa Ingredients

  • Avocados cut into chunks
  • Cilantro minced
  • diced red onions
  • Lime juice
  • Mango cut up into chunks
  • Jalapeños minced (optional)

Herb Crema (Sour cream)

  • Sour cream
  • minced cilantro and scallions
  • minced jalapeños (optional)

How To Make Tacos

You’ll start by seasoning the salmon with the spice blend and olive oil in a bowl. 

The best way I find to cook perfectly crisp salmon chunks with a juicy succulent texture is in the air fryer. So I place them single layer in an air fryer basket. You can watch the video and read all about that in this Air Fryer Salmon post.

While the salmon is cooking, this is the perfect time to make the toppings you choose. You can make the Fish Taco Slaw or our Homemade Salsa and Authentic Guacamole Recipe too. Today we’re making a mango avocado salsa which is SO delicious! Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl and it’s ready!

The second thing we used for our salmon tacos recipe is a herb crema which is basically herbed sour cream. To make it, we mixed fresh cilantro, scallions, jalapenos, lime juice and salt into sour cream. This is so good for so many other recipes too! 

The salmon is now ready–look at how perfectly crisp this is! These make the best salmon tacos recipe ever!! Now you’re basically ready to assemble.

Start with a spread of the herb sour cream over a tortilla. Use corn or flour tortilla–your pick. Also use any size you prefer, but smaller ones are best. And finally, feel free to charr the tortillas or use them as they come. 

Now go in with the succulent salmon, and top that with the avocado salsa. 

Now that’s a salmon taco recipe I guarantee you’ll make so often!

Taco Variations

We love this salmon tacos recipe as it is, but I won’t deny that we’ve tried it with a few variations and they were so good! You can definitely add more!

  • Change the type of fish. Do you remember the Mahi Mahi Tacos? The mahi mahi fish is very firm and has a different taste and texture completely compared to salmon, yet so so good! I love this Baked Mahi Mahi recipe too!
  • Make another salsa! Avocado salsa is incredible–especially with mango chunks to cut the spicy jalapeños and tangy onions so I would go with that for salsa. But I also love salmon tacos with the classic Fish Taco Slaw.
  • Adjust the spice. You’ll notice how I use jalapeños so very often and generously here and that’s because we love spicy food! Just try our viral Hot Pepper Sauce (an old family recipe made for generations) and you’ll know! You can skip jalapeños here all together if it’s not your thing.
  • Tortillas. Use corn tortillas or flour as we’ve shown here. Charring the tortilla adds an extra level of flavor, but it’s optional.

What To Serve With Salmon Tacos/ What are the toppings for tacos?

  • Fish Taco Slaw
  • Cuban Black Beans
  • Homemade Salsa
  • Authentic Guacamole Recipe
  • Strawberry Corn Salsa
  • Your favorite salad recipe 
  • Hot sauce
  • Cojita cheese 

Salmon Taco Tips

  1. Cutting the salmon into chunks is perfect for this recipe because salmon cooks quicker, gets more seasoning and has a better texture all around.
  2. Seasoning and spices we used here are basic for tacos, however you can make them more intense by adding more, or removing some.
  3. Air Fryer Salmon is my best technique to cook salmon for salmon tacos. The salmon comes our juicy, and super crisp on the outside. The cooking time is only a few minutes!
  4. Use seasonal avocado salsa–like avocado with mango, citrus, pineapple or your favorite!
  5. Char the tortillas for extra flavor if you’d like.
  6. Assemble the tacos at the time of serving only.
  7. Follow the recipe and make this into a huge Taco Salad.
  8. Use leftovers to make Crunchwrap Supreme with the salmon, cojita cheese and your favorite toppings!
A white fish is classically used for fish tacos, like those Mahi Mahi Tacos or this Air Fryer Fish For Air Fryer Fish Tacos. However, salmon offers a new level of flavor so we wanted to share that with you guys today!

Fish Recipes

  • Green Mussels
  • How to Cook Scallops
  • Baked Salmon With Greek Dressing
  • Baked Mahi Mahi
  • Fish Fry
  • Tuna Tartare
  • How To Cook Lobster Tail
  • Mussels Marinara
  • Tuna Steak Recipe
  • Sockeye Salmon With Lemon Butter Sauce
  • Mediterranean Baked Fish
  • Lobster Roll
  • Sushi Burrito

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Salmon Tacos

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Salmon Tacos may very well be one of my favorite taco recipes! It's the spiced crispy salmon chunks, the charred tortilla, the taco toppings and just how simple and quick this is to make! So many varieties to make this too–today we chose a mango avocado salsa and herb crema. YUM!
Course Main Course, Main Dish, tacos
Cuisine American, Caifornian, Mexican, Tacos, TexMex
Keyword Fish tacos, how to make tacos, salmon, salmon recipe, salmon tacos, salmon tacos recipe, taco recipes, taco toppings, tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories 289kcal
Author Mahy

Equipment

  • 1 Air fryer

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 3 salmon fillets cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil Extra virgin–Moroccan Mina olive oil

Taco Seasoning

  • 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder spicy or regular

Mango Avocado Salsa

  • 1 cup Avocado diced
  • 3/4 cup mango chunks diced to the same size as the avocado
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro minced
  • 1 Jalapeño minced –optional
  • 1/3 cup red onions minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil I use Mina

White Sauce (crema)

  • 1 cup Sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Scallions minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Jalapeño minced –optional
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice add more to taste

Assembling the Tacos

  • 8 mini tortillas any type

Instructions

  • The first step is to prepare the salmon by adding the salmon into a large bowl.
  • Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Season the salmon with the spice blend and add in the olive oil.
  • Place the salmon in an air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, shaking half way until crispy and golden.
  • While the salmon is cooking, prepare the salmon tacos topping.
  • Make the avocado salsa by mixing all ingredients in a bowl and taste for seasoning.
  • Make the white sauce or crema by mixing the ingredients with the sour cream in a medium bowl and taste the seasoning and lime juice.
  • Now assemble the tacos.
  • Place a charred tortilla (you can use any type, charred or not) on a board and spread a generous amount of the white sauce.
  • Now add the salmon over that and top with a heaping amount of salsa
  • Fold over the tortillas to make the tacos.
  • Repeat and serve on a large plate garnished with lime wedges and extra cilantro .
  • Enjoy

Video

Notes

Salmon Taco Tips

  1. Cutting the salmon into chunks is perfect for this recipe because salmon cooks quicker, gets more seasoning and has a better texture all around.
  2. Seasoning and spices we used here are basic for tacos, however you can make them more intense by adding more, or removing some.
  3. Air Fryer Salmon is my best technique to cook salmon for salmon tacos. The salmon comes our juicy, and super crisp on the outside. The cooking time is only a few minutes!
  4. Use seasonal avocado salsa–like avocado with mango, citrus, pineapple or your favorite!
  5. Char the tortillas for extra flavor if you’d like.
  6. Assemble the tacos at the time of serving only.
  7. Follow the recipe and make this into a huge Taco Salad.
  8. Use leftovers to make Crunchwrap Supreme with the salmon, cojita cheese and your favorite toppings!
A white fish is classically used for fish tacos, like those Mahi Mahi Tacos or this Air Fryer Fish For Air Fryer Fish Tacos. However, salmon offers a new level of flavor so we wanted to share that with you guys today!

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 618IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg

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