Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa


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.

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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

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 8 tacos



  • 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


  1. For the salmon:
  2. 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.
  3. For the avocado salsa:
  4. 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.
  5. To assemble tacos:
  6. Break salmon into small portions and layer over center of tacos, add cabbage, avocado salsa and Cotija cheese. Serve warm.
  7. Recipe source: inspired by Laylita's Salmon


  • 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

  • Kelly: These look and sound amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly May 4, 2015 at 8:57pm 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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