Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa


Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa | Cooking Classy

This is the third taco recipe I’ve shared in a week and I still have one more to share next week! So basically this is Taco Week on Cooking Classy. Tacos are one of my favorite foods and they are incredibly versatile. My mom always just did the classic American ground beef tacos growing up but they were always one of my favorite dinners she made.

I recommend serving these tacos with a side of grilled corn on the cob (which you can serve up street style and use up some more of that Cotija), or you can even add it to your tacos for a little more southwestern flair. Add the corn or don’t, either way these are totally irresistible! The salmon is enhanced with all the right spices, the cabbage gives it the perfect little crunch and the fresh avocado salsa just takes them over the top! And don’t forget the Cotija, what’s a taco without cheese? Okay technically a street taco or a fajita, but I think tacos always need cheese. I even sneak it on both of those just listed. You can serve these in flour tortillas if you’d prefer, I think the majority of the time though tacos were made for corn tortillas. My favorite way to cook corn shells is the brush them with a little canola or vegetable oil, then cook them in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown spots start to appear then flip and cook opposite side until golden. But just do what you prefer, I just don’t like a plain, dry taco shell even when they’re warmed (and even though that’s what’s pictured here).

It’s definitely that time of year to get out and start grilling and what better to start with then these tacos?

Here are some of my other tacos recipes if you want these out too:

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef Tacos

Breakfast Tacos with Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa

Honey-Lime Sweet Potato Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Tacos

Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Carne Asada Tacos

Slow Cooker Sweet Pork Barbacoa Tacos

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cilantro-Lime Ranch

Shredded Beef Tacos

Pork Carnitas Tacos

 Slow Cooker Fajitas (not a taco but close)

Navajo Tacos and Indian Fry Bread (different kind of taco. I just made them again last weekend. So good!)

See I really love tacos! And I’m sure they won’t stop coming in the future.

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Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Yield: About 8 tacos

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa


  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless salmon, skinned and sliced into 3 equal portions
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for grill
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt, then more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Avocado Salsa
  • 2 medium avocados (ripe but semi-firm), peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/3 cup small diced red onion, run under cool water to remove harsh bite and drain
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For serving
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red or green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese


  • For the salmon:
  • Preheat a gas grill over medium-high heat. In a mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lime juice, ancho chili powder, cumin, onion powder, paprika, coriander, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Evenly rub mixture over both sides of salmon (I placed the first one on the plate then began to stack the rest over it so the rub didn't all just end up left behind on the plate). Brush grill lightly with oil, place salmon on grill and cook, rotating once halfway through cooking, until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Meanwhile, prepare avocado salsa.
  • For the avocado salsa:
  • In a mixing bowl gently toss together diced avocado, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, and olive oil while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  • To assemble tacos:
  • Break salmon into small portions and layer over center of tacos, add cabbage, avocado salsa and Cotija cheese. Serve warm.
  • Recipe source: inspired by Laylita's Salmon


  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: These look awesome! I’d definitely put that street corn in those tacos :) Love all the colors! May 2, 2015 at 5:24pm Reply

  • shar: How did you crisp up your corn tortillas? May 2, 2015 at 8:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I did it with a kitchen torch. May 11, 2015 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Thao @ In Good Flavor: I love this nutrient packed taco. What a great way to eat salmon! Your photos are quite stunning. May 2, 2015 at 9:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Thao! May 2, 2015 at 10:19pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Salmon tacos are one of my favorite dinners. I love how the spice makes the fish taste so different. May 3, 2015 at 6:34am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These tacos look killer and I love that avocado salsa! May 3, 2015 at 11:28pm Reply

  • Marzia [Little Spice Jar]: Mm.. your pictures always make me so hungry! I love all the flavors that go into these tacos. And like you mentioned, I have lots of cotija cheese to use up from the street corn I made last week. This is just perfect! May 4, 2015 at 10:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Marzia! May 11, 2015 at 4:02pm Reply

  • Kelly: These look and sound amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly May 4, 2015 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness: I don’t think I could get sick of taco recipes. Keep them coming :) May 5, 2015 at 10:54am Reply

  • Shee: Do you ever have problems with your salmon falling apart on the grill? I typically see wood planks used when grilling salmon, but I you seem to have placed yours right on the grill.

    I’m thinking about trying these this week and I don’t want to screw it up. May 23, 2015 at 7:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I definitely recommend oiling the grill grates first when grilling salmon to prevent sticking. With this recipe it doesn’t matter much though because you’ll be breaking the salmon apart in the end anyway. June 20, 2015 at 10:45pm Reply

      • Leigh: I grill my salmon on a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and I spray it with Pam. Salmon stays together and still gets the char. October 2, 2016 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Dawn: I’m excited to try this recipe! Thinking of adding grilled pineapple June 3, 2015 at 9:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! The pineapple sounds delicious too! June 3, 2015 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Aw: Made these this weekend and they were outstanding. Adding to the rotation for sure. I passed it on to a few people and can’t wait to try your other taco recipes! June 8, 2015 at 9:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this taco recipe! Thanks for your review! June 8, 2015 at 5:34pm Reply

  • Johnny Utah’s NYC: This looks pretty fun,I could eat this all day long! July 1, 2015 at 12:46am Reply

  • Wendy Mayo: We had these for dinner tonight and had to lick the bowls and plates! Super yummy! July 2, 2015 at 7:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked the tacos Wendy! Thanks for your review! July 2, 2015 at 11:19pm Reply

  • bill: My son Alex and I enjoyed these last night. They were absolutely wonderful. Thank you. I will crisp the tortilla next time for added crunch and maybe substitute purple cabbage in place of shedded green. July 16, 2015 at 8:33am Reply

  • angela: Yum I love salmon and I never thought to make tacos out of them, thank you I will have to try this one:) plus I love the corn tortilla to me better than flour. July 24, 2015 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Way Williams: Please keep those good recipes coming in send them to me August 12, 2015 at 10:35am Reply

  • Jill: You have so many great looking recipes on here! I can’t wait to try some. August 25, 2015 at 2:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them! August 25, 2015 at 4:22pm Reply

  • Dallas: If not able to cook on grill, would you suggest putting in oven? Or cooking on stove? October 26, 2015 at 12:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would probably just cook the salmon on the stove in a grill pan if you have one, if not a non-stick skillet with olive oil. October 26, 2015 at 8:52pm Reply

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