Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cilantro Lime Ranch

Published March 28, 2012. Updated February 16, 2024

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Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cilantro Lime Ranch combines all the freshest flavors of Mexican food for a light and delicious meal. Perfectly flaky blackened Salmon is tossed with crunchy corn salsa and tangy cilantro lime rice on warm tortillas, served with your favorite Mexican rice and refried beans. Great for weeknights or game day celebrations! 

If you haven’t noticed yet Mexican food is my favorite.  Good Mexican food just bursts with exciting flavors that all blend so perfectly well together.  Nothing is bland, and it always keeps you craving it and coming back for more. This recipe is particularly delicious during the summer months when you can use fresh corn and tomatoes to top your tacos. It really takes your tacos to the next level!

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cilantro Lime RanchBlackened Salmon Tacos

My latest food craze is blackened salmon.  I’ve been getting it at one of my favorite local Restaurants almost weekly.  When I have a new food favorite I love to come up with my own version of it at home.  I love the health benefits of salmon, and it makes a nice change of pace when we do so much chicken or beef. Salmon is lighter, fresher, and pairs so nicely with tangy cilantro ranch flavor!

These tacos are bursting with enticing flavors that will likely have you making this dish many times around.  Soft tortillas are generously filled with tender, perfectly spiced salmon, and then covered with a flavorful corn salsa.

Then your amazing taco gets a delightful crunch from Romaine lettuce and another layer of flavor from a sprinkling of cheese and (last but not least) one of the best parts: it’s drizzled with zesty cilantro lime ranch for one intensely incredible Blackened Salmon Taco!  Yum yum YUM!

.Blackened Salmon Tacos with lime wedges

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If, like me, you can’t get enough Mexican food, you may want to try some of these incredible side dishes with your yummy Blackened Salmon Tacos.

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Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cilantro Lime Ranch

Incredibly flavorful skillet seared salmon tacos with a tasty corn salsa and ranch.
Servings: 6
Prep20 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes


Corn Salsa


For Serving:

  • Flour or corn tortillas, warmed (for corn I'd recommend the fry cooking method I use here)
  • Chopped Romaine lettuce
  • Cotija or Parmesan Cheese, grated/crumbled
  • Corn Salsa, recipe follows
  • Cilantro Lime Ranch, recipe can be found here

Blackened Salmon Tacos

  • In a shallow mixing bowl, using fork, combine flour, chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Baste salmon fillets with 1/2 tsp olive oil on each side and dip salmon into spice mixture and generously coat each side. Place coated salmon in preheated skillet and cook 3-4 minutes per side until outside is lightly blackened and center of fillet is cooked through and opaque. Flake salmon using a fork. Assemble tacos by dividing salmon among tortillas, top with lettuce, corn salsa, cheese, and drizzle with Cilantro Lime Ranch. Serve immediately.

Corn Salsa

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.