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Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Avocado Salsa


  • Author: Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 tacos 1x
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Ingredients

For the salsa:

  • 2 cups corn kernels (about 34 ears of corn)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (seeds and ribs removed if you don’t want the heat)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (from 1/2 lime)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 avocados, diced

For the tacos:

  • 1.5 lbs salmon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 810 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grated cojita cheese
  • Optional toppings: sliced red cabbage, cilantro

Instructions

For the salsa:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together corn, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro, salt and avocado until combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve with tacos.

For the tacos:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper until combined.
  2. Rub seasoning onto salmon filets or place seasoning onto shallow bowl or plate and press salmon, flesh side down, into the rub, coating the entire filet.
  3. In a cast iron pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, place salmon flesh side down into the pan, cooking until blackened, about 2-3 minutes. Flip salmon over, skin side down, and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F, about 5-10 minutes, depending on thickness. If salmon is thick (over 1.5 inches), you may need to flip salmon over onto its sides to help it cook faster.
  4. Divide flaked salmon and cabbage among tortillas and top with corn and avocado salsa, cojita cheese, and cilantro.

  • Category: Tacos
  • Method: Cast Iron
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: salmon, tacos, blackened, corn, avocado, salsa