Now, this is a new taco recipe that I hope you all will try IMMEDIATELY! These Crunchy Blackened Salmon Tacos with Serrano Slaw are absolutely perfect in every way!!
I love making blackened salmon, it’s one of my favorite go-to recipes. For these tacos, I’ve taken inspiration from my recipe here and transformed the salmon into a fantastic taco that you will want to put on your weekly dinner rotation! Using some Cajun-inspired flavors along with gluten-free panko breadcrumbs, the salmon is coated in a perfect, crunchy crust that is packed with so much flavor. Served in tortillas with a tangy, crisp serrano-slaw and a drizzle of creamy aioli, the end result is just magic! And if preferred, these would be great to serve in bibb lettuce cups.
I also highly recommend making these Crunchy Blackened Salmon Tacos next time you are hosting a small, casual dinner party! You can make the slaw and the aioli ahead of time, that way all you need to do is fry up your crunchy blackened salmon and heat up the tortillas and dinner is served in no time with ease! I recommend serving alongside Martha’s Mexican Rice and maybe a nice side salad — and, of course, a margarita!
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Crunchy Blackened Salmon Tacos with Serrano-Slaw
For the Slaw:
- 2 cups very finely shredded red cabbage
- 2 cups very finely shredded green cabbage
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 tsp dried
- ¼ cup evoo
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 serrano very thinly sliced
- Pinch of Salt
- Pinch of Pepper
For the Aioli:
- 3 tbsp homemade mayo
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp your favorite hot sauce I used El Yucateco
For the Salmon:
- 1 lb salmon, skin removed (preferably center-cut) cut into 2-inch strips
- ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1/3 cup panko I use Aleia's gluten-free panko
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 egg
For the Tacos:
- 8 tortillas I use Siete Grain-Free Cassava Tacos
- cilantro finely chopped
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
For the Slaw:
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ‘for the slaw’ ingredients. Toss until well combined. Set aside to let the flavors mend while you prepare the salmon.
Prepare the Aioli:
- In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir until smooth. Set aside.
For the Salmon:
- In a small bowl, combine the cayenne, thyme, paprika, garlic powder, kosher salt, pepper and panko. Stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine egg with 1 tsp water and whisk until well combined.
- Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- While the pan is heating, individually dip the salmon into egg wash and shake off excess. Next, roll the salmon into the panko mixture until evenly coated. Gently place into the hot pan and cook until the salmon is cooked through and golden brown on each side, 2-3 minutes per side.
- Transfer cooked salmon to a paper towel-lined plate.
Assemble the Tacos:
- First, char your tortillas. You can do this 2 ways:
- For a Gas Stovetop: Fire up the burners on your stove to the lowest setting. One at atime, carefully place a tortilla directly on the burner and flip after about 45 seconds. As you finish cooking the tortillas, place them onto a towel and close the towel up to steam the tortillas and keep them warm.
- For an Electric Stovetop: Place the tortillas in a dry (no oil) stainless steel skillet over medium heat and cook them for about 30 seconds on each side.
- Next, place a small amount of the slaw in the bottom of the charred tortilla and top with two of the salmon pieces. Drizzle with the aioli and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and enjoy!