Salmon Tacos • Easy Fish Taco Recipe {Video} • Two Purple Figs

Salmon Tacos • Easy Fish Taco Recipe {Video} • Two Purple Figs

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!

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

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

close up of one salmon taco in a platter showing the salmon, the salsa in a tortilla

    • 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

Ingredients for the salmon tacos including salmon cut up into chunks, olive oil, spice blend, lime

  • 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.

ingredients for avocado salsa including cilantro, onions, lime, manho chunks and avocado chunks

Avocado Salsa Ingredients

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

herb crema or sour cream ingredients including sour cream, minced herbs, lime juice, and cilantro

Herb Crema (Sour cream)

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

How To Make Tacos

Salmon chunks coated in spice and olive oil in a large bowl and ready to cook for salmon tacos

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

salmon placed in an air fryer basket to cook

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.

A hand holding a bowl of avocado salsa being prepared while the salmon is cooking

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!

a hand holding a bowl of sour cream ready with herbs

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! 

Crisp and juicy cooked salmon ready to make salmon tacos

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.

Assembling the tacos recipe: hand spreading some herb sour cream over a tortilla

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. 

Salmon loaded over the sour cream on the tortilla and then avocado salsa

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

A hand holding a finished salmon taco showing the cooked salmon and 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!

the final platter of salmon tacos with all the tortillas assembled into salmon tacos with salmon and salsa

  • 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?

perfect salmon taco with white sauce, avocado salsa surrounded by lime wedges and jalapeno slices

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!

Fish Recipes

Salmon Tacos

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!

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

  1. The first step is to prepare the salmon by adding the salmon into a large bowl.

  2. Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.

  3. Season the salmon with the spice blend and add in the olive oil.

  4. Place the salmon in an air fryer basket in a single layer.

  5. Air fry for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, shaking half way until crispy and golden.

  6. While the salmon is cooking, prepare the salmon tacos topping.

  7. Make the avocado salsa by mixing all ingredients in a bowl and taste for seasoning.

  8. 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.

  9. Place a charred tortilla (you can use any type, charred or not) on a board and spread a generous amount of the white sauce.

  10. Now add the salmon over that and top with a heaping amount of salsa

  11. Fold over the tortillas to make the tacos.

  12. Repeat and serve on a large plate garnished with lime wedges and extra cilantro .

Recipe 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!

Nutrition Facts

Salmon Tacos

Amount Per Serving

Calories 289
Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Fat 20g31%

Saturated Fat 4g25%

Polyunsaturated Fat 4g

Monounsaturated Fat 10g

Cholesterol 30mg10%

Sodium 630mg27%

Potassium 551mg16%

Carbohydrates 17g6%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 17g34%

Vitamin A 618IU12%

Vitamin C 15mg18%

Calcium 94mg9%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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