The name of this recipe should be Salmon FOR Tacos, not Salmon Tacos because in the end whatever else you make your tacos WITH beyond the salmon is up to you. I’m only going to give the recipe I use to make tasty salmon fillings for a taco feast. Let me tell you Taco Tuesday never had it SO good. And neither did I as a kid, growing up on too much salmon, it took me 20 years to enjoy salmon after my childhood.
Get a Look at These Spices
This easy to pull together spice mix does the heavy lifting in this recipe. Pair it with fresh (or frozen) salmon, and you’re well on your way to a Taco Tuesday worth sharing on Instagram. I know the list seems long looking at it but it’s nothing you can’t find in the bulk spice section of any major grocery chain. If you’re looking to save money buy your spices from the bulk bins, the amount you save is shocking. And the selection of spices is vast. Even in Alaska, you can find some exotic spices in the bulk bins
Easy Salmon Tacos
For these tacos, the salmon is cut in cubes, about 1×1 inch or so, sprinkled with a dry spice mix and left to mingle in a bowl or bag while you prep the rest of your ingredients. You can use fresh or frozen salmon, with skin or without, which makes this the perfect salmon taco recipe. With 10 minutes until time to eat, you quickly sear the cubes in batches and serve with your favorite ingredients. This taco filling is easy, healthy and so flavorful you won’t believe it’s salmon. Believe me, I grew up here, and I like it, which is saying A LOT
Really the name of this recipe should be Alaska Salmon FOR Tacos not Alaska Salmon Tacos because in the end whatever else you make your tacos WITH beyond the salmon is up to you.
1 1/4poundsalmonfillet or pieces to make 1 1/4 pounds*partially frozen makes easier cutting!
1teaspoonchili powder go hot with chipotle or use a mild if you prefer
2teaspoonscooking oilI used olive oil use what you prefer
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use a sharp fillet knife to remove the salmon from the skin, slice down through the salmon, then before you hit the skin turn the knife sideways and slide it away from you along skin, repeat until the skin is completely removed
while you're skinning the salmon make sure to feel for bones and remove any that you feel, you don't want a surprise pin bone showing up
cut the salmon in about one inch cubes, smaller or bigger are fine
place in a plastic bag or a shallow bowl
mix dry spices cumin through garlic in a small bowl, toss with the salmon to coat
let rest for at least 20 minutes
prep your tortillas and fillings during this time
when you're ready to get cooking heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a 10 skillet over medium heat
swirl to coat the bottom
add half the salmon, let it sear for a 1-2 minutes, then carefully turn it over and cook for 1-2 minutes turning carefully as needed to cook through--do not cook for longer than 5 minutes or it will begin to flake and fall apart, you're going for cubes here
remove to a serving dish, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and repeat with the remaining salmon