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Blackened Salmon Tacos

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This blackened salmon tacos recipe is layered with a quick mango slaw, corn tortillas, and your choice of toppings.

Blackened Salmon Tacos

The next time you find yourself craving fish tacos, you must, must try these blackened salmon tacos. ♡

As far as fish taco recipes go, this one is a relative breeze to make. (No breading, frying, or extra-sauce-making required!) Simply sprinkle blackened seasoning on a few salmon filets and pan-sear until perfectly charred and tender. Toss together a quick mango slaw. Warm a batch of corn of flour tortillas until softened. Then layer everything together with whatever toppings make you happy…and enjoy!

These blackened salmon tacos are intentionally low on fuss and big on flavor. And that perfectly-balanced blend of sweet and savory, smoky and tangy, herby and creamy flavors is an absolute winner in my book. That said, feel free to swap in a different protein (such as shrimp or chicken) or a different fruit for the slaw (such as pineapple or peach), if you’d prefer. And if you’d like to make this recipe dairy-free, as well as gluten-free, just skip the cheese.

Let’s make some blackened salmon tacos!

Blackened Salmon Taco Ingredients

Blackened Salmon Tacos

Here are a few notes about the blackened salmon taco ingredients you will need to make this recipe:

  • Blackened salmon: We’ll use this blackened salmon recipe, which calls for salmon filets, olive oil and blackened seasoning (easy to make homemade with smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper).
  • Mango slaw: I recommend using store-bought shredded cabbage (or coleslaw) to save time, but you’re totally welcome to shred your own cabbage if you prefer. Toss with diced mango, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and you’re good to go!
  • Tortillas: We love making this recipe with corn tortillas, which adds great flavor and also makes these tacos gluten-free, but you are completely welcome to use flour tortillas if you prefer.
  • Toppings: I generally just add a sprinkling of cotija cheese (or queso fresco) and some extra cilantro to these tacos. But feel free to add on a drizzle of Mexican crema, avocado, jalapeño peppers, or any other toppings that might sound good. I also always serve these tacos with extra lime wedges for squeezing.

Step by step photos showing how to make fish tacos

  Tips For Making These Tacos

Here are a few additional tips to consider when making these blackened fish tacos:

  • Prep the blackened seasoning ahead of time. If you have the chance, I highly recommend mixing up the blackened seasoning ahead of time so that these tacos will come together even more quickly. And actually, while you’re at it, go ahead and make a double or triple batch! This blackened seasoning tastes amazing on everything from proteins to veggies, potatoes, rices, sauces, and more.
  • Don’t rush the salmon. Be patient and let the fish rest completely undisturbed until the crust has blackened before you flip it over. You can carefully lift up a small corner of a filet to peek and check on the progress of the crust, but otherwise, resist to move the fish around while it is cooking.
  • Warm the tortillas properly. Here are three great ways to warm tortillas, which will help them to be soft and pliable. If you have a gas stove, I always recommend warming them directly over the flame for that extra charred flavor.
  • Multitask the tortillas and salmon. I find it’s easiest with this recipe to prep the slaw first, and then multitask warming the tortillas and cooking the salmon. But feel free to order the steps however works best for you.
  • Serve immediately. I love the contrast between the warm tortillas, hot salmon and cold slaw in this recipe. So layer the tacos up and enjoy right away!

Blackened Salmon Tacos on Plate

Recipe Variations

Here are a few more delicious ways that you’re welcome to customize this salmon fish taco recipe:

  • Add a salsa: Add a drizzle of Mexican crema (or another creamy sauce), some pico de gallo, or your favorite salsa on top.
  • Add some heat: Add some sliced or diced chile peppers (such as jalapeños or serranos) to the slaw or drizzle in your favorite hot sauce.
  • Use a different protein: Use chicken, pork, shrimp, another type of fish, or tofu in place of the salmon.
  • Use a different fruit: Use a different juicy fruit, such as pineapple, peach, orange, berries, or melon in place of the mango.

Blackened Fish Tacos Closeup

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Blackened Salmon Tacos

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  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 tacos 1x


This blackened salmon tacos recipe is layered with a quick mango slaw, corn tortillas, and your choice of toppings.



Blackened Salmon Taco Ingredients:

  • 1 batch blackened salmon
  • 8 to 10 small corn tortillas, warmed
  • optional toppings: chopped cilantro, crumbled cotija cheese, diced avocado, Mexican crema and/or sliced jalapeños
  • lime wedges

Mango Slaw Ingredients:

  • 1 large mango, peeled, cored and sliced into matchsticks
  • half of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups (about 67 ounces) shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the slaw. Add the mango, red onion, cabbage, cilantro, and lime juice together in a mixing bowl and toss until combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Cook the salmon. Cook the salmon according to recipe instructions. Once the salmon reaches your desired level of doneness, transfer it to a clean plate. Then roughly shred the salmon with two forks.
  3. Assemble the tacos. Fill the warmed tortillas with a scoop of slaw, followed by salmon, then top with your desired toppings. Serve with extra lime wedges for drizzling and enjoy!

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3 comments on “Blackened Salmon Tacos”

  1. I have been following you since we moved back to the US after living 43 yrs in Europe. I LOVE your blog. I even went to your wedding (virtually) :-) and have followed along w/little guy! I also have loved your dogs (we always had one or two dogs in Europe—even now in US). While Italy holds wonderful memories for us (traveled many times when our daughters were young from the Black Forest area of Germany) I now prefer the west coast of France & SW due to the lavender, etc. I would love for you to do a blog on that part of France! Your tips for Italy are the best ever—-so detailed & helpful!
    God’s richest blessings on you & yours, Ali.

  2. These tacos are outstanding! Fantastic flavor!

  3. These were excellent!