Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cilantro Lime Ranch


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.

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.  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, then covered with a flavorful corn salsa, then it 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 Corn Salsa and Cilantro Lime Ranch

Yield: 4-6 Tacos


  • 2 (6 0z) salmon fillets
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil , divided
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Corn Salsa

  • 2/3 cup frozen corn , warmed
  • 1 medium Roma tomato , diced
  • 1 small Avocado , diced
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


For Serving:

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

Blackened Salmon Tacos

  1. 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

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.


  • Jacquelyn Grandy: I love tacos but have never made salmon tacos before. I usually get those at the restaurant. These look easy enough to make so I am going to give them a try. March 28, 2012 at 5:03pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Jacquelyn – thanks for your comment! They really are so easy to make which is one thing I love about them. The extras, like the salsa and dressing add just a little more time but are so worth it. I hope you enjoy! March 28, 2012 at 6:07pm Reply

  • Kevin: Those are some tasty looking salmon tacos! April 1, 2012 at 10:57am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks Kevin! I love your blog, I’ve been a fan ever since I discovered it a few months ago. I can only dream of having a blog as popular as yours some day =). Everything you make looks amazing! April 1, 2012 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Uhh these tacos were super dank, and really easy to make. Everyone should try this recipe! May 13, 2012 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – so happy to hear you enjoyed! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! May 13, 2012 at 8:30pm Reply

  • Jen The Birthing Lady: I am always looking for a good fish taco recipe. Thanks for sharing!! I will be making these as soon as I get some good fish:) September 27, 2012 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Amanda: I *love* fish tacos, but I have been too afraid to make them at home until I came across this recipe. We tried them last week and they were PERFECT!! The corn salsa is amazing!! These will definitely become a regular at our house :) Thanks so much for this delicious, doable recipe!! :) November 28, 2012 at 10:47am Reply

  • Brenda: This recipe is delicious! The corn salsa is so good, I could eat it every day. I did add finely diced jalapeño and cilantro. I hope you don’t mind, but I shared this recipe on my blog and used your beautiful picture linking back to you blog. I will take it down if you object. April 9, 2013 at 4:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Brenda I’m so glad you enjoyed these tacos, thanks for your comment! April 9, 2013 at 8:19am Reply

  • Evelyn: This is the first time I comment on a blog. I just had to say I made these for dinner tonight and they were SO GOOD and SO EASY! I often use recipes from blogs but find that I have to make adjustments here and there. I followed this recipe EXACTLY and I wouldn’t change a thing. My husband and my 2 yr old loved them! I’m excited to check out your other recipes! May 21, 2013 at 10:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy you left a comment Evelyn!! I’m so glad you and your family liked these :)! Thanks for leaving a comment! May 25, 2013 at 9:09pm Reply

  • Isty: Great recipe! These were delicious! I made the blackened salmon the first day, then tacos the next with the left overs. I also made the corn salsa and the cilantro lime ranch with the tacos. I added a jalapeño to the sauce since we like the heat. I will make this again! July 15, 2013 at 7:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: On so glad you liked these Itsy! Thanks for your comment! July 19, 2013 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Jacob Barnes: What an amazing recipe! The salmon seasoning is really perfect. My recommendation for the corn salsa is to mix the onion, the corn, half the lime juice, the garlic powder and my own addition of jalapeño and cilantro. Then let flavors meld in the fridge for at least an hour (this and the cilantro are the key to a killer corn salsa). Add tomato, avocado and remaining lime juice when ready to serve. October 8, 2013 at 5:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked these salmon tacos Jacob! I’ll have to try those additions next time, love a little heat. Thanks for leaving a comment! October 14, 2013 at 7:43pm Reply

  • Claudia: I enjoy browing this page which i love classy food October 8, 2013 at 9:43am Reply

  • marci: Hi.. SO excited to make this friday night since we are not eating meat for LENT… The rice and beans you are serving the taco’s with are they homemade…??? Do you mind sharing the recipes???? THANK YOU April 6, 2014 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Paige: Oh my God YUM!!
    Made these tonight, this kind of meal is right up my alley. Everything was absolutely delicious I couldn’t keep in the “mmm”s and “oh”s
    This is the type of meal I’d make for a guest dinner, a summer party, pretty much any chance I can get to eat them. ;)
    Thank you for this recipe, as a novice cook who’s trying to become a chef, it made me feel very accomplished and happy that I could pull off the spice of the salmon and depth of flavor the corn salsa and cilantro lime sauce.

    All I can say is YUM.

    (lol could you tell I liked it?) October 9, 2014 at 8:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked these tacos Paige :)! Thanks for the great review! October 9, 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

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