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Blackened Salmon Tacos

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Blackened Salmon Tacos are an easy, 30 minute meal that you need in your life. Enjoy mini salmon patties on top of tortillas, along with a quick veggie mixture and toppings of your choice! So delicious, and your family is going to love them!

For other blackened recipes, be sure to try my latest Smoked Spatchcock Chicken (with blackened seasoning) and my Skillet Blackened Tilapia. I also highly recommend making up a large batch of my Homemade Blackened Seasoning for all the things you’re going to wanna make!

Overhead shot of two blackened salmon tacos, with toppings.

Best Salmon Tacos

There are just so many reason to love these tacos. Let’s count the ways!

  1. Quick to make. Yes, these are a 30 minute meal, friends. Just a few minutes to prep, a quick pulse in the food processor, and then some time to sauté the veggies and then the mini salmon patties. Perfect for busy weeknights!
  2. Delicious. These are SO tasty, and the blackened seasoning adds so much extra flavor. You can skip the cayenne if you want to go for less spice! Buy some fresh tortillas and don’t forget all the toppings!
  3. Healthy. We’ve got seafood and veggies, so YES, this is a fairly healthy meal. Try to use wild salmon if possible (instead of farmed).

Interested in some other tacos for Taco Tuesdays? Try some Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa or these delicious Easy Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema!

Side shot of two blackened salmon tacos, in a bowl.

Ingredients Used

Many of these ingredients are pantry staples. I recommend keeping some salmon in your freezer so it’s handy when you want to make these delicious tacos.

  • Salmon – Try to use wild salmon if at all possible. The safe fishing practices used for capture, along with the wild, natural diet make them healthier for the palate and the environment.
  • Bread Crumbs – I went with Panko bread crumbs to make the patties.
  • Parmesan Cheese – You’ll need just a tablespoon of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • Egg – One egg helps to bind he patties together.
  • Blackened Seasoning – You can either make up a large batch of this seasoning, or use the quantities listed below. You’ll need paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper.
  • Olive Oil – You’ll need some to cook the salmon patties and then a bit more for the veggie sauté. Feel free to use another type of oil, if desired (like canola or avocado).
  • Veggies – A simple mixture of onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño.
  • Tortillas – If you can get your hands on some fresh tortillas, do it!
  • Other Toppings – There are so many choices for toppings! But a sprinkle of Cotija cheese, some avocado slices, and some spoonfuls of salsa are always good choices.

How to make Salmon Tacos

This is such a quick meal, friends! Perfect for weekday cooking but special enough for entertaining friends and family. You’re going to want this on your meal rotation.

  1. Prep salmon. In a food processor, combine the salmon (without skin), the breadcrumbs, egg, and parmesan cheese. Pulse until the salmon resembles ground meat. This should only take 30 seconds or less. Use your hands to form the salmon into eight even sized patties and place them on a clean plate.
  2. Make blackened seasoning. Mix up the spices, including the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper. If you aren’t super excited for spicy, then cut back on the red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper.
  3. Sauté veggies. Heat up a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add some olive oil and sauté veggies until slightly softened, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan.
  4. Cook salmon patties. Add the blackened seasoning to both sides of the patties, and use the same skillet to cook. Use some additional olive oil and cook on medium high heat until you get a nice dark crust on each side. This should only take a couple of minutes per side. Don’t crowd the pan when cooking the patties. I usually do four at a time but it will depend on the size of your skillet.
  5. Assemble tacos. Warm up some flour tortillas and layer the ingredients. Cut each salmon patty in half and layer one per taco. Add sautéed veggies, some sliced avocado, Cotija cheese, and some salsa. And there you have it. The best darn salmon tacos in the world! 😀

Are you more of a burger person? Try my Blackened Salmon Burger with Avocado Crema! It uses the same salmon ingredients but it’s on a bun piled high with toppings!

Side dishes for tacos

I’m all about the sides, and I’ve got some delicious choices for taco night!

  • Mexican Street Corn Salad – We make this one for most taco dishes. It’s so good on top of the tacos or bowls, but also delicious as a side.
  • Cilantro Lime Rice – Make it in the instant pot (my favorite method) or stove top.
  • Easy Refried Beans – My recent obsession. These make an excellent chip dip as well!

Topping Ideas

I topped these tacos with salsa verde, but any of the toppings below would be delish! Because I believe it’s ALL ABOUT the salsas and dressings (and sides). It’s called FLAVOR!

Recipe Tips

  • Make up a batch of my Homemade Blackened Seasoning and keep it handy for all the things.It will save you time in the long run.
  • Prep the salmon patties in advance and store in the refrigerator. They cook really fast so I occasionally just make the ones we’re going to eat right then.
  • Check back here for my homemade flour tortillas. Working on that recipe right now and it’s SO good!
  • Making homemade salsa is very easy and fresh. But store-bought salsa is a good option if you are short on time.
My hand holding a blackened salmon taco.

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of two blackened salmon tacos, with toppings.

Blackened Salmon Tacos

Blackened Salmon Tacos are an easy, 30 minute meal that you need in your life. Enjoy mini salmon patties on top of tortillas, along with a quick veggie mixture and toppings of your choice! So delicious, and your family is going to love them!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: blackened salmon burgers, blackened salmon tacos, homemade salsa verde
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the salmon:

  • 20 oz. salmon – skin removed
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese – freshly shredded
  • 1 large egg

For the blackened seasoning:

  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper – more or less, depending on your spice preferences

For the veggie saute:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion – sliced thin
  • 1 medium bell pepper – any color, sliced thin
  • 1 medium jalapeno – sliced thin
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

For the remaining ingredients:

  • 8 medium tortillas
  • cotija cheese – to serve
  • sliced avocado – to serve
  • salsa – try a homemade version from the blog

Instructions

  • Prep salmon. Use a food processor and combine the salmon (skin off), breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and an egg. Pulse for 15 seconds or so or until the salmon looks like ground meat. Use your hands to form the salmon into eight even sized patties and place them on a clean plate.
  • Mix up blackened seasoning. Mix the seasonings together (listed above) and sprinkle all over the salmon patties. You can also make up a large batch and store in your pantry.
  • Sauté veggies. Heat up a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add olive oil and saute veggies until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Cook salmon. Use the same pan to cook the salmon patties. Heat up the skillet to medium-high heat again, add olive oil, and then half of the salmon patties. (Don't crowd the pan.) Cook for a couple of minutes per side, or until you get a nice brown crust on each side and it's cooked through. Repeat with remaining salmon patties or store the ones you don't need in the refrigerator.
  • Assemble tacos. Heat up some flour tortillas and then add halved salmon patties, some veggies, avocado slices, cotija cheese, and a spoonful of salsa.
  • I've listed choices for side dishes on the blog post. Head there now!

Notes

  • Make up a batch of my Homemade Blackened Seasoning and keep it handy for all the things.It will save you time in the long run.
  • Prep the salmon patties in advance and store in the refrigerator. They cook really fast so I occasionally just make the ones we’re going to eat right then.
  • Check back here for my homemade flour tortillas. Working on that recipe right now and it’s SO good!
  • Making homemade salsa is very easy and fresh. But store-bought salsa is a good option if you are short on time.

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1073IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

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