04.20.21

Crunchy Blackened Salmon Tacos with Serrano Slaw

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!! 

Crunchy Blackened Salmon Tacos

 

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.

Crunchy Blackened Salmon Tacos

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

Serves: 4 people
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5 from 20 votes

Ingredients

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:

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

Instructions

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!

33 Comments

  • Reply
    Christy
    May 13, 2021 at 1:55 am

    5 stars
    Restaurant-quality! Absolutely love this recipe and I can’t wait to make it for company, although it will also be on regular rotation in our house! I used frozen salmon individual portions from Whole Foods. I took the salmon out of the freezer and put it in a bowl of water, prepped the slaw, aioli, and panko mixture and egg, and by then, the salmon was completely defrosted. We added shredded carrots and orange pepper strips to our tacos and will add avocado next time, too! Thank you for this fabulous recipe!

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 13, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Christy!!! I am so glad you loved it!

  • Reply
    Brooke Bonime
    May 7, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Hi! These look delicious – making these next week. Unfortunately, I can’t have egg. Any recommendation on another way to bind it?

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 10, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Brooke! I haven’t yet tried this– but I’ve read the best substitute for an “egg wash” is milk. So perhaps some almond milk or whatever DF milk you love most here would work!

      • Reply
        Brooke Bonime
        May 12, 2021 at 12:20 am

        5 stars
        Good to know! I didn’t see your response until after I made them. I tried a mix of vegan butter and avo oil and it worked great. LOVED the recipe. My bf couldn’t get enough.

  • Reply
    Randi
    May 6, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    So good!

  • Reply
    Johanna
    May 6, 2021 at 3:53 am

    5 stars
    Made these tonight, and omg, they were amazing! My entire family absolutely loved them! I felt like a little food truck cook, lol! Thank you, as always for another awesome recipe! Definitely adding this to my go to recipes:)

  • Reply
    Hannah
    May 5, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    5 stars
    Made these tonight and they were perfect! We loved the combination of flavors! For anyone else who has to be gluten & grain-free – I crushed up Siete chips and used them instead of the panko and it worked perfectly. Thanks Alex!

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 6, 2021 at 1:06 am

      love that idea!!

      • Reply
        Julie Macdonell
        May 8, 2021 at 11:50 pm

        5 stars
        OMG these are delicious! Thank you for another fabulous recipe!

        • Reply
          Alex
          May 10, 2021 at 12:02 pm

          You are most welcome!

  • Reply
    Kate
    May 4, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    5 stars
    Omg WOW, threw these together for lunch but made the salmon in the air fryer instead of pan frying. The spice blend and seasoning ratios on everything were perfect and the air fryer did a great job crisping up the fish. Can’t wait to make again! Will be a regular in my rotation.

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 4, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      hoooray!!!

  • Reply
    Leslie Belcher
    May 4, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    AMAZING! Adding to the keeper list. Loved by all!

  • Reply
    Liz
    May 3, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Can I make the slaw and aioli the day before? I’m hosting a Friday night dinner party.

  • Reply
    Therese
    May 3, 2021 at 3:00 am

    5 stars
    Wow! The spice combo is perfect! Will definitely be making these again, including with other fish or even chicken. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Reply
    Izzah
    May 3, 2021 at 1:59 am

    5 stars
    Alex does it again. These were so simple but had extraordinary flavor. Thank you, Alex!

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 3, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Aw thank you, Izzah. You are the sweetest. Glad you lovedit.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Garrison
    May 3, 2021 at 1:39 am

    5 stars
    These tacos were 💯 Super crunchy and seasonings were perfect – it too spicy just a lovely compliment to the fish! The slaw was a great addition, as was the aioli. I made it all exactly as you wrote it! Thank you again Alex for a great meal!

  • Reply
    Coral
    April 30, 2021 at 1:29 am

    5 stars
    These tacos are 🔥🔥🔥 Highly recommend! We used Trader Joe’s jicama taco shells instead of regular shells and they were fantastic.

  • Reply
    Michelle
    April 28, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    5 stars
    These were AMAZING!!! SO simple and delicious! My husband is not a huge fish fan and he went back for seconds!

  • Reply
    Angela
    April 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    5 stars
    These tacos are amazing!!!

  • Reply
    Suzi
    April 25, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    5 stars
    I am not a big commenter but these tacos required it! They were absolutely delicious! The slaw is so crisp and tart against the strong flavors of the salmon. I served it with mashed black beans and a tomato, cucumber and avocado salad tossed with lime juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Perfect summer dinner!

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 25, 2021 at 6:41 pm

      yay!! thank you for taking the time to comment!! I LOVE IT! xoxo

    • Reply
      Shannon
      April 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

      5 stars
      These were absolutely amazing and such an easy weeknight dinner! You are my go to for new, healthy dinner options. Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    Beejoli
    April 24, 2021 at 6:03 am

    5 stars
    This was SO GOOD and so quick! Best dinner ever. Thanks Alex!

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 25, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      yay! so glad! Thanks for the love

    • Reply
      Shannon
      May 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      5 stars
      holy moly!!! your recipes never disappoint but these were just next level. absolutely delicious and so easy to make

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    April 23, 2021 at 12:35 am

    I just made these. SO good! Amazing mix of flavors.

  • Reply
    Jill Scribner
    April 22, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    5 stars
    Well done! This dish reminded me of Dive restaurant in Highland Park, Dallas, TX. There, they serve the fish as finger food on a kid’s plate with plantain chips. I was immediately brought back to that place when cooking these up. I ended up using Mahi Mahi, which is firm, has a mild taste, and is easy to cut and fry. We opted out of the tortillas and dipped them in the hot sauce. This recipe just made it to our favorite list!

  • Reply
    Blaire
    April 21, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    I’m not a fan of salmon. Would this work with a different fish?

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 21, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      halibut, shrimp, and mahi mahi would be great subs!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    April 21, 2021 at 1:03 am

    5 stars
    Lovely! Made this tonight and it was perfect. Thanks, Alex!

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