Blackened Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

by Eat Well with Lex
blackened salmon tacos

Blackened salmon tacos are tortillas stuffed with tender, flavorful salmon and homemade pineapple salsa drizzled with avocado cilantro lime dressing. With bold sweet and spicy flavors, this fish tacos recipe is a quick and easy weeknight dinner for your next Taco Tuesday!

Craving seafood? Then try more salmon recipes like this Thai Salmon Curry and this Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon recipe.

blackened salmon tacos

Blackened salmon tacos with pineapple salsa is a flavorful meal packed with spices, salsa and a creamy sauce. Served on fresh, warm tortillas, these tacos have a tropical flair. The contrast of the crispy fish tacos with the creaminess of the avocado cilantro lime sauce is truly mouthwatering. The tangy dressing and sweet salsa perfectly balance the spicy kick of the blackened salmon for a drool-worthy meal.

Why This is the Best Salmon Tacos Recipe

  • Quick & Easy: With less than 20 minutes of cooking time, dinner is on the table in a flash!
  • So Delicious: Salmon filets are rubbed in a spice blend with chipotle seasoning. It is then pan-seared until a tasty blackened crust forms. This is the perfect base for fish tacos.
  • A Nutritious Meal: Salmon is packed with protein and healthy fats. Including fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs makes this a well-balanced pescatarian lunch or dinner.
blackened salmon tacos with pineapple salsa and avocado cilantro lime dressing

Ingredients

  • Salmon Filets: This is one of the best fish for tacos. It’s rich in flavor with a buttery smooth, melt-in-your-mouth consistency. You can use fresh or frozen salmon. If using frozen, just make sure they are completely thawed before cooking.
  • Seasoning: Coat dried, chopped salmon with salt, ground black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chipotle seasoning.
  • Lime Juice: Use this for a burst of fresh citrus flavor.
  • Avocado Oil: This heart-healthy oil has a high smoking point which makes it ideal for blackening.

Pineapple Salsa

  • Pineapple: Dice fresh pineapples.
  • Peppers: Add diced red bell peppers and green bell peppers for color and a mild spice.
  • Red Onion: These onions have a sharp flavor. Dice them.
  • Cilantro: Finely chop this herb.
  • Jalapeno: This optional ingredient adds more spice and complements the sweet tartness of the pineapple. Dice it.
  • Lime Juice: The acidity helps to preserve the salsa.
  • Seasoning: Season with sea salt, ground black pepper, cumin, and garlic powder.

See the full recipe here.

a bowl of pineapple salsa alongside a full pineapple and tortilla chips

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • Cilantro: Fresh herb enhances the overall flavor.
  • Avocado: Use ripe avocados.
  • Garlic Cloves: Fresh garlic makes everything better. Use minced garlic in a pinch.
  • Jalapeno: This brings the heat.
  • Greek Yogurt: This gives the sauce a creamy consistency. It’s lighter than mayo.
  • Honey: This natural sweetener enhances the savory flavors.
  • Seasoning: Simply season with salt and ground black pepper.

See the full recipe here.

Salmon Taco

  • Red Cabbage: Shredded.
  • Pineapple Salsa
  • Cilantro Lime Sauce
  • Corn Tortillas or Flour Tortillas: Pick based on personal preference.

How to Make Blackened Salmon Tacos

Prepare Pineapple Salsa and Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Prep the cilantro lime sauce and pineapple salsa. Set aside in the fridge. You can also make these the day before. To make the salsa, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Then prepare avocado cilantro lime dressing by blending all the ingredients together until smooth.

overhead view of pineapple salsa

Blackened Salmon

Pat dry and cut the salmon into small cubes. Then season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chipotle seasoning, and lime juice. Rub it all together well, making sure each piece is entirely coated.

Heat the avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the salmon bites and sear for about 5 minutes until they are golden and cooked through. Make sure to flip them and cook on both sides.

side by side images of raw salmon and cooked salmon

Assemble Salmon Tacos

On a flour tortilla, add salmon bites, cabbage, pineapple salsa, and avocado cilantro lime dressing. Finally, enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Use a cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet for the best char on your blackened salmon.
  • Do not sear salmon directly from the fridge. Allow it to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes to remove the chill and cook the fish evenly.
  • Need a quick method for warming up tortillas? Wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.

Recipe Variations

  • Blackened Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa: Swap out the pineapple chunks in the salsa for fresh mango.
  • Not a salsa fan? Try blackened salmon tacos with slaw. It adds a fresh crunch.
  • Want more seafood? Add juicy shrimp for salmon and shrimp taco.
  • Cooked Salmon. You don’t have to blacken the salmon. You can bake or grill it instead.

What to Serve with Salmon Tacos

These blackened salmon tacos are delicious as is but for a heartier meal, consider adding one or more of the following:

  • Guacamole
  • Cotija cheese
  • Mexican rice or cilantro rice
  • Black beans or refried beans

Storing Leftovers

Store the salmon, pineapple salsa, and avocado cilantro lime dressing in separate airtight containers in the fridge. Consume everything within 2 days. To reheat, warm the salmon in the oven or an air fryer at 350°F.

blackened salmon tacos

Common Questions

What fish is best for tacos?

You can use a variety of fish for tacos. My top picks include salmon or a milder white fish like snapper, mahi-mahi, or cod.

Are fish tacos healthy?

Fish tacos are a nutritious, well-balanced meal. This is especially true when paired with fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Can blackened salmon tacos be made ahead?

Yes. Prepare the salmon, dressing, and salsa up to 24 hours in advance. Then just before you plan to eat, assemble your blackened salmon tacos.

More Seafood Recipes:

Dijon Crusted Salmon

Hot Honey Shrimp

Shrimp Scampi Linguine

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blackened salmon tacos

Blackened Salmon Tacos

Blackened salmon tacos are tortillas stuffed with tender, flavorful salmon and homemade pineapple drizzled with avocado cilantro lime dressing. With bold sweet and spicy flavors, this fish tacos recipe is a quick and easy weeknight dinner for your next Taco Tuesday!
3 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Seafood
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Salmon Filets
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1-2 tbsp Avocado Oil

Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 cup Pineapple diced
  • cup Red Bell Pepper diced
  • cup Green Bell Pepper diced
  • ¼ cup Red Onion diced
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Jalapeno diced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 2 cups Cilantro
  • 1 Avocado
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper

Salmon Taco

  • 1 cup Red Cabbage shredded
  • Pineapple Salsa
  • Cilantro Lime Sauce
  • Corn or Flour Tortillas

Instructions
 

  • Prep the cilantro lime sauce and pineapple salsa. Set aside in the fridge. You can also make these the day before.
  • To make the salsa, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing: Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Pat dry and cut the salmon into small cubes. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chipotle seasoning, and lime juice. Rub it all together well, making sure each piece is entirely coated.
  • Heat the avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the salmon bites and sear for about 5 minutes until they are golden and cooked through. Make sure to flip them and cook on both sides.
  • Assemble the tacos: On a flour tortilla, add salmon bites, cabbage, pineapple salsa and avocado cilantro lime dressing. Enjoy!
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