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Salmon Tacos

35 mins
8 tacos
Delish salmon tacos seasoned with chili and garlic for a subtle heat and topped with an avocado salsa.
Salmon Tacos
Delish salmon tacos seasoned with chili and garlic for a subtle heat and topped with an avocado salsa.
Salmon Tacos

It’s Taco Tuesday, friends.

Only today is actually a Wednesday. Oh well, day late and dollar short. Story of my life. Which is actually me and my friend, Meaghan, felt yesterday.

Salmon Tacos

We were meeting for a “working lunch” and decided we wanted some Mexican food. Since she lives an hour away, we picked a restaurant in between both of us to meet at. I had actually been there before but it had been about 4 years since. Google maps pulled up the restaurant fine and said they would be open.

Whelp.. they weren’t. Meaghan ended up calling me as I was getting off the interstate and told me that there were no tables inside and the restaurant looked like it was closed for business. But there was a sign out on the front that said they would re-open in the spring.

Seriously… what is it with businesses and closing during the winter here? I mean, I could understand if it was a farm or fresh produce place because you wouldn’t be able to get it at that time.. but a Mexican restaurant? Uh, Mexican food is available year-round!

Salmon Tacos

So being severely disappointed and in a town that was only about 2 blocks long, we had to choose the only open restaurant that didn’t serve breakfast all day. And instead of Mexican and margaritas for our “working lunch” we settled with sandwiches and beer. I really wanted my margarita!

So I came home and made salmon tacos to slightly tame my Mexican food craving until our next working lunch. Of course salmon tacos aren’t traditional Mexican food, but I had some salmon in the fridge that I needed to cook or else it would have gone bad and I absolutely hate wasting food. So I whipped up a quick marinade for the salmon and salsa for the tacos. They turned out amazing and definitely made me feel better.

Salmon Tacos

Salmon Tacos

5 from 6 votes
Delish salmon tacos seasoned with chili and garlic for a subtle heat and topped with an avocado salsa.
Yield 8 tacos
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 1/2 lb wild caught salmon filet
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
Avocado Salsa
  • 2 medium avocados diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • shredded cabbage
  • queso fresco crumbled


For the salmon
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil; place salmon skin side down and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Slather mixture over salmon making sure to distribute evenly.
  • Cook at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
For the avocado salsa
  • In medium bowl, combine all salsa ingredients, and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Break salmon into small portions and place on bottom of warmed tortilla. Layer with cabbage, avocado salsa, and queso fresco cheese. Serve immediately.
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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I love the flavours you have running through the salmon, definitely inspired to have a play although will have to ditch the avocado as it is on my short ‘ewwww’ food list 😉 I do have a nice corn salsa that I think will match nicely though.

    1. I can’t believe that you don’t like avocado. Though that corn salsa sounds like it would make a good substitution!

  2. These tacos look divine Jennifer! I LOVE Mexican food, and I know how it gets when that craving hits! Luckily we are blessed with some very tasty Mexican restaurants here 🙂 But fish tacos are a favorite of mine, and salmon would be such a perfect addition!

    1. I know! Living in Florida definitely lends itself to tasty Mexican… so did living in Phoenix. Mexican food on every street corner!

  3. First of all: jealous you and Meaghan get to hang out IRL! Second: I never put salmon in my fish tacos; must try this ASAP!

  4. I’m having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around a seasonal Mexican restaurant. Maybe they’re closed for renovations??? You know… maybe salmon could be Mexican food. L and I went to a Mexican restaurant once that served this amazing salmon with a mole dry rub. It was a nicer place, but they claimed to have mostly traditional-ish food and flavors. Either way, I’m not the authenticity police (haha) and I think these look amazing.

    1. I dunno… Meaghan said that they looked like they were renovating. Either way, just made for another excuse to meet for a “working lunch” again.

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