Easy Salmon Fish Tacos

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easy Salmon fish tacos are light yet satisfying, crunchy, creamy and Brimming with flavor! 

Easy Salmon Fish Tacos are a restaurant worthy explosion of flavor and texture in every bite without the drive, wait or price!   These fish tacos can be on your table in just over 30 minutes making them the perfect addition to your weeknight dinner arsenal. The Sea Cuisine Honey Chipotle Salmon is baked in the oven or pan seared then topped with sweet and crunchy corn salsa, and silky, tangy, salsa verde crema. Pair them with cilantro lime ricepina colada fruit salad and tres leches cake you have the perfect summer meal!

If you’re looking for more tasty fish recipes to add to your repertoire, you’ll love mahi mahi fish tacos, mahi mahi in lemon cream sauce, lemon pepper salmon, blackened salmon in creamy Cajun saucelemon Parmesan salmon, and Asian BBQ salmon.

HOW TO MAKE fish tacos recipe VIDEo

top view of easy fish taco recipe with salmon served with fish sauce
top view of ingredients to make easy fish tacos with salmon, corn salsa, limes and avocados
showing how to make corn salsa by making topping of corn salsa
  • Salsa: Choose from black bean corn salsaavocado salsa, strawberry salsa, mango salsa, or pineapple salsa.
  • Slaw:  Toss thinly sliced red or green cabbage with lime, salt and pepper.
  • Pico de gallo:  This is a fresh tomato salsa that adds a vibrant, punchy freshness.  You can use my homemade pico de gallo recipe or store bought usually found in the deli section. You can make the pico de gallo ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.  Bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Cilantro:  If you skip the pico de gallo, you can load on fresh cilantro and tomatoes instead for a fresh, zesty flair.
  • Jalapenos: Pickled jalapenos boast a fabulous pickled tang or you can use fresh.  I particularly love these sweet and spicy pickled jalapeños from Trader Joes.  They are similar to candied jalapenos but a little less sweet AKA perfection.
  • Pickle onions:  These are tangy, punchy fantastic and so easy to make at home. Use my super simple pickled red onions recipe and they’ll be ready in 30 minutes!
  • Radishes: Thinly sliced radishes add a spicy, zesty, crispy crunch.
  • Cotija cheese:  Consider a layer of Cotija for a salty finish.  Cotija is known as “Mexican Parmesan” because it is wonderfully salty, hard, and crumbly. It is traditionally found with the specialty cheeses and should be readily available.  You may also use queso fresco.
up close of easy salmon fish tacos recipes with crispy salmon
  • Chipotle Sauce: It’s explosively flavorful, creamy, spicy, smoky, and zesty.  It’s made with chipotle peppers in adobo, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, ground cumin, smoked paprika, sour cream/Greek yogurt and mayonnaise.
  • Avocado Crema: This tangy, refreshing crema is another addiction of mine and perfect for those who love avocados – and even those who don’t!  Avocado crema is a marriage of avocados, sour cream and lime juice, is wonderfully silky, tangy and just takes minutes in your blender.  
  • Guacamole:  You can’t beat guacamole’s lusciously creamy, tangy, salty freshness. You have three options when it comes to guacamole: 1) go simple by picking up store-bought in the deli section; 2) mash avocados with lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper or 3) go all out with my favorite guacamole recipe made with avocados, lime juice, cilantro, jalapenos, red onions, and juicy tomatoes.
  • Avocado Tomatillo Ranch: This sensational dressing is spiked with tomatillos, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime and smoked paprika to create a creamy ranch with a Mexican flair. 
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing:  Similar to the Avocado Ranch, made with tomatillos, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime and smoked paprika to create a luscious dressing packed with irresistible tangy, punchy flavor.

Step 1:  How to make corn salsa

This corn salsa recipe begins with charring the corn on the grill or on the stove.  You don’t have to char the corn but I highly recommend it because you will not only get sweet and juicy but complex and smoky flavors – and it soaks in more flavor from the lime juice and seasonings.  That being said, if you are in a hurry, raw corn is also sweet, juicy and delicious.  To make the salsa:

  • Char corn on the grill: Add shucked corn to a greased grill and grill over direct heat for 10-12 minutes, turning until lightly charred on all sides.
  • OR char corn on the stovetop:  If you don’t have corn on the cob or have access to a grill, you can still char frozen, canned, or fresh corn in a cast iron skillet by heating a tablespoon of oil in large cast iron skillet, adding the corn and coking for about 5 minutes.
  • Add ingredients to a large bowl:  Toss the corn with red bell peppers, jalapenos, lime juice, garlic, cumin, powder, salt and pepper.

Step 2:  How to cook fish tacos

In the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray or drizzle with oil.
  • Transfer fish to prepared baking sheet without touching. Bake until cooked to desired doneness, about 16-20 minutes (fish is cooked when it flakes easily with a fork). Broil fish for an additional 1-2 minutes for a crunchier crust.

On the stove:

  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, gently add fish and cook for about 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, (cook time will vary based on thickness of fish).
showing how to cook fish tacos by cooking salmon in a skillet until crispy

Step 3:  HOW TO make fish taco sauce

  • This fish taco sauce is whipped up in minutes! Simply stir Greek yogurt, salsa verde, lime juice and chipotle powder together in a bowl – that’s it!
showing how to make fish sauce for easy salmon fish tacos by whisking together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, salsa verde, lime juice and chipotle pepper

Step 4:  HOW TO WARM TORTILLAS

I HIGHLY recommend warming your tortillas for the BEST fish tacos. Not only do warm tortillas become softer and the ideal non-jarring, melt-in-your mouth temperature, but the flavors are accentuated when warmed.  If you attempt to use room temperature or cold tortillas, you’ll find their temperature isn’t nearly as appetizing and they aren’t as pliable and soft.  Lower quality corn tortillas are also likely to break if not warmed.

You can easily warm your tortillas in SECONDS using any of my below methods: open flame, skillet, microwave or oven, with the microwave being the quickest.

Once your tortillas are warmed, keep them warm and pliable by stacking on a plate and covering with a slightly dampened, paper towel or clean towel or in a tortilla warmer. 

  • Open Flame (gas stove or grill):  This method is how I achieve the smoky char you see on the tortillas and is best with FRESH/homemade tortillas.  I simply add the tortillas directly to the burner of my gas stove then flip with tongs once they are charred on one side.  You can also accomplish this on the grill. If you are using lower quality corn tortillas, you will want to take special care not to over-char or they will become brittle and break.  You still want the tortillas soft and pliable. 
  • Skillet:  Heat a skillet (or griddle if you have one) to medium high heat (do not grease).  Working with one tortilla at a time (more for a griddle), heat each side of the tortilla for approximately 20 seconds until warm and soft.  You are not looking for char marks with this method.
  • Microwave:  Working with about 5-7 tortillas at a time, stack tortillas on a microwave safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel.  Microwave for 20 seconds on high, then repeat at 10 second intervals if needed until warmed through.
  • Oven:  Create separate stacks of about 5 tortillas each, then wrap each stack in foil.   Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through (you can bake all stacks at once).

step 5:  HOW TO ASSEMBLE FISH TACOS:

Now the fun part!  There really isn’t a right or wrong way to assemble these easy fish tacos, but here is how I do it:

  • Add fish to tortillas: Split each fillet in half lengthwise and then into 6 or 7 rows to create bite-size pieces of salmon. Evenly divide the salmon between the warm tortillas. 
  • Add toppings:  Top with corn salsa, salsa verde crema, avocado slices and any other desired toppings. Garnish with additional cilantro, lime juice and/or hot sauce if desired.
top view of easy fish tacos with salmon with corn salsa
showing how to make fish tacos by layering salmon, corn salsa, avocados and taco sauce on corn tortilla
up close of easy salmon fish taco recipe showing how crispy the salmon is

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top view of easy fish tacos with salmon with corn salsa

Easy Salmon Fish Tacos

Easy Salmon Fish Tacos are a restaurant worthy explosion of flavor and texture in every bite without the drive, wait or price!   These fish tacos can be on your table in just over 30 minutes making them the perfect addition to your easy weeknight dinner arsenal. The Sea Cuisine Honey Chipotle Salmon is baked in the oven or pan seared then topped with sweet and crunchy corn salsa, and silky, tangy, salsa verde crema. Pair them with cilantro lime rice, pina colada fruit salad and tres leches cake you have the perfect summer meal!
Servings: 7 -10 tacos
Total Time: 40 mins
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

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Ingredients

TACOS

CORN SALSA

  • 2 ears of sweet corn, husked (may sub 1 15 oz. canned sweet corn or 1 ½ cups frozen sweet corn)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded deveined, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp EACH ground cumin, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika

SALSA VERDE CREAM SAUCE

Instructions

CORN SALSA

  • GRILL CORN: Grease and heat grill to high heat (450 degrees). Lightly brush each ear of corn with olive oil and add to the hot grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, rotating the corn until all of the sides are charred, about 10-12 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off of the cob and transfer to a medium bowl.
  • OR SKILLET CORN: Cut the kernels off of the cob or use frozen (no need to thaw) or drained canned corn. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large cast iron skillet over high heat. Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until corn starts to char, approximately 5-7 minutes. Transfer kernels to a medium bowl.
  • ASSEMBLE: Add all of the remaining Corn Salsa ingredients to the bowl and toss to evenly combine. Season with additional lime juice and/or salt and pepper to taste. Set aside (tastes best if allowed to rest for 20-30 minutes).

FISH

  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the frozen fillets in a single layer and cook for 10-12 minutes until the crust is crispy and the fish is cooked to your liking, flipping halfway through cooking. (I recommend 130 degrees F on an instant read thermometer). Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. While the fish is resting, make the Salsa Verde Crema (instructions below).
  • After 5 minutes, slice each fillet in half lengthwise and then into 6-7 rows to create bite-size pieces of fish.

SALSA VERDE CREMA

  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in small bowl; set aside.

WARM TORTILLAS

  • Warm tortillas in the microwave wrapped between damp paper towels for 45-60 seconds, in a skillet or char over the open gas stovetop flame until warm but still pliable.

ASSEMBLE

  • Assemble tacos by layering warmed corn tortillas with 3-4 pieces of fish, optional avocado slices, corn salsa, and salsa verde crema. Serve with optional lime wedges and hot sauce.

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Notes

*The package instructions for Sea Cuisine indicate you can bake the salmon but they get far crispier by pan frying.  

How to Store and Reheat

  • Storage:  Store the fish, corn salsa and crema in separate airtight containers. The fish is good for up to three days.
  • To reheat on the stove:  Heat a drizzle of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the fish, cover and cook just until warmed through, remove the lid and crank up the heat to crisp up the outside.
  • To reheat in the microwave:  Transfer the fish to a microwave safe plate and microwave for 20 seconds then at 10 second intervals as needed. Take care not to over-cook or it will become rubbery.
  • To reheat in the oven:  Wrap fish in lightly greased foil and transfer to a baking sheet. Reheat at 350 F degrees F for 8 minutes or just until warmed through.

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