Seared Salmon Tacos with Honey-Lime Slaw and Sriracha Ranch, does it get any better?! You’re seriously going to FLIP over these tasty fish tacos!
sidenote: I’m clearly a contender for the longest recipe title of the year award.
I hear the trophy is made of pure chocolate…
I. must. have. it.
When I first moved to North Carolina I knew only a handful of people.
Coincidentally, they nearly all hailed from Texas and opened my eyes (and stomach!) to some delicious lone star staples: Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa, Shiner beer, and fish tacos.
Whenever I would visit my favorite Wilmington-dwelling Texans, they would take me a on a culinary adventure downtown, ranking nearly every restaurant in regards to the quality of their fish tacos. To this day, whenever I think of fish tacos I think of them. The fond memories are short-lived, however, because they left me and moved back to Texas. The nerve!
Wilmington, NC is a few hours away from me so not only have I been abandoned, I’m also quite far from a decent fish taco joint. Instead I’m stuck in a small town overrun by fast food, chain restaurants, and local establishments hellbent on deep-frying everything from oysters to cheesecake. When you finally find that perfect pair of jeans that neither exposes your butt crack nor your dreaded muffin top, you tend to do anything in your power to ensure they fit. So no, I will not be partaking in fried cheesecake (coughAGAINcough) or their deep-fried batter-tastic excuse for fish tacos smothered in iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese.
Instead I’ll be face-planting into these super glorious seared salmon tacos with honey-lime slaw and sriracha ranch because HOLY COW are these some good fish tacos!
Seared Salmon Tacos with Honey-Lime Slaw and Sriracha Ranch
Recipe yields 4-5 fantastically flavorful fish tacos!
Seared Salmon Tacos with Honey-Lime Slaw and Sriracha Ranch
- 10 oz Wild Alaskan salmon (or enough to yield several tacos)
- 1-2 large ripe avocados sliced
- 4-5 corn tortillas
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta or cotija cheese optional
- chipotle olive oil or your favorite olive oil
- 1 lime wedged
- ground cayenne pepper
- garlic +/or onion powder
- dried parsley
- salt and pepper
- +/or your favorite spice blend
- 3 TBSP homemade or store-bought ranch dressing
- 1 TBSP Sriracha plus extra to taste
CILANTRO LIME SLAW
- 1 cup finely chopped/shredded cabbage
- 1/4 small red onion sliced thin
- 1-2 TBSP apple cider vinegar optional but tasty
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1/2 tsp dried or fresh cilantro to taste
- 1/2 tsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- First make your slaw! Toss together cabbage [plain, mixed, or purple!] and onion with the above ingredients and adjust to taste. If needed you can always add more cabbage or more onion/vinegar/honey/spices at the end so it’s uber easy to customize to perfection.
- For the sauce, whisk together ranch and Sriracha, using more Sriracha for a spicy sauce and less for a more mild drizzle.
- While you’re at it, prep your corn tortillas by wrapping in a slightly moistened paper towel and microwaving for 25-30 seconds to steam. I like to rub mine with a teeny bit of oil afterwards and toss them onto a heated pan for a minute or so on each side. This gives them a teeny bit of crunch/texture while still allowing them to bend soft-taco style.
- Next move on to the salmon. Heat a cast iron pan or skillet with a drizzle of oil and season both sides of your salmon with paprika, cayenne pepper, parsley, salt and freshly ground black pepper, along with any additional seasonings. The salmon I buy always has the skin left on one side – simply remove it with a knife or sear that side [unseasoned] first, it will peel right off after a minute or two! Follow up the skin removal by seasoning that side as well. I adore cooking my salmon with a sear/bake combo, but feel free to simply sear yours if you prefer to skip the extra step.
- Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 450 F.
- Once your pan is hot, add the salmon and sear on both sides for approx 2 minutes each. Look for a reddish/golden crust with a rare center.
- With a spatula, move the salmon to a foil lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on thickness. The result is a crisp, flavorful crust on the outside with a tender flaky inside.
- Now all that’s left is to assemble your tacos, pile on the toppings, and dig in! Crushing a fresh lime wedge atop each taco before they hit your face is optional, but oh-so delicious =) Do it!
Tell Me more About these Fish Tacos!
I’ve legit lost count of how many of these seared salmon tacos I’ve eaten in the last month, they’re just so flipping addictive! Totally don’t skip the sauce and slaw, they absolutely set these bad boys over the top with deliciousness.
Each tasty taco is full of flavor and basically a fiesta in a tortilla! I’ve gotten salmon skeptics to positively swoon over this recipe and know you guys are gonna love it too!
UPDATE: I counted. I’ve made these 500493483853958 times since originally posting them.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get our taco on!
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10 minutes and on the table. Amazing, exactly what I felt like. A keeper!!!
I just made these and they are delicious! I was trying the sauce separately and didn’t like it, but once I put everything together they flavours really worked. We also made homemade corn tortillas and elevated the dish, but I’m sure store bought ones would have been good. Thanks for a fun, quick recipe!
Ohmygosh will you make me homemade corn tortillas? Haha that sounds GLORIOUS and I’m so happy you enjoyed the seared salmon tacos! xoxo
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! Just made them this week and will definitely become a regular meal! So simple, but such great flavor! Everyone loved them and it was great to have a new option different from our usual grilled salmon dinner.
I don’t have any cabbage on hand and the snowy weather makes it impossible to travel out to get some but I do have a head of iceberg lettuce! Can I use that in place of cabbage?
Hi Kris Marie! I have totally done this! To make a makeshift slaw with lettuce you’ll want to slice it super thin so it looks kind of shaved/shredded and then lightly dress it with a little ranch dressing and and, if you have them, toss with diced or sliced jalapeños. Easy peasy! Just a little bit should do it, as you want the salmon to be the star of the show! xo
This dish is amazing. I discovered it years ago and we still make it. My family says it’s one of the best things I make. Thank you!
Turned out great! Good tip on searing the salmon beforehand and frying the tortillas. The slaw was good but it was better after sitting for an hour or so. I fried the tortillas in a pan with oil on one side only and then doubled them up oil side in so they wouldn’t all apart. Also sautéed the onions while frying the tortillas.
Delicious!! But I’m confused – for the nutrition facts, how many tacos make up a serving?
Hi Melanie! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! The nutrition facts are per taco with all the toppings and sauces. It’ll vary based on what you choose to add and also the size/type tortilla, etc… If you’d like a super detailed markup you can check myfitnesspal.com – they have a fantastic free nutrition calculator that I’ve used a bunch.
THIS IS SOO GOOD
Thank you Jocelyn!!
My family loves this recipe! The ranch sriracha sauce was an unexpected touch that really married all the flavors. A definite repeat!
So glad y’all are loving the tacos Laurel, thank you!!
I love salmon and I always looking for new recipes. Thank you for this one.
These are the best fish tacos I have ever made!!! THANK YOU!!!! 🙂
Ahhhh yay! So stoked to hear it Diane!
Seriously delicious! I’m now going through like 30 of your recipes, finding new and updated things to make.
I’ve made these twice now and they are really awesome!! The flavors all go great together. My hubby’s family goes salmon fishing in Alaska every year, so we have a ton of salmon and I’m always looking for new recipes!!
Yay!!!! So happy to hear it! I need to convince y’all to adopt us so my husband can bring home fresh salmon too! Yum!
This was delicious! My husband was so quiet during the meal that I didn’t think he liked it- turns out he loved it!
LOL!!! Glad they were a hit!
Holy amazing! These were great! I loved the sweet slaw contrast with the spicy sauce. Delicious!
This recipe is great and the sriracha ranch is amazing! The fish had so much flavor and I thought the sweet slaw with the spicy fish/sriracha ranch was very refreshing. Will definitely keep this recipe handy. Thanks for sharing!
Um, I made these for company on Friday. Holy-delicious!!! We are having people over tomorrow and I think I might make them again. Even though my husband and I have been eating leftovers for 2 days. Yum yum yum.
Yum, made these again tonight. Ran out of cabbage so made it with purple kale and it was awesome!
OMG these were so good! I loved them! Posted about it on my blog. Thanks for an awesome recipe!
De. Lish. Ous! Making these again and again! The slaw was so good! Thanks!
These were AMAZING!!! I followed the recipe exactly except I used jalapeno olive oil to marinate the salmon in and it was DELICIOUS! The sweet and spicy flavors are a nice compliment to each other. My husband loved them too. Thank you!!!
Where in the world did you find Chipotle oil? I NEED IT!
http://www.tastetheolive.com/ and then stores like Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and other big stores have it too! I see it a lot lately! Its so good! Smoky and flavorful!
My husband and I made these last week; delicious!
Made these tonight with halibut and they were absolutely amazing. We eat fish tacos 2-3 times/month and these were hands down the best we have ever had. So quick for a weeknight dinner and the toddlers gobbled them up! Great job and thank you!
There is a place near us with AMAZING fish tacos & bangin’ shrimp tacos. You should come try them. Then we’ll cook & watch FSU football.
I don’t eat fish nut I’m ready to dive into a vat of that honey-lime slaw. Down with iceberg lettuce too.In other news, I selected you for an Inspiring Blogger Award because you recipes are amazing, your photos are fabulous, and you make me laugh…all the time. Thanks.
I’m drooling over here.. I may have to make some for dinner tonight!
Since the very first time I tried fish tacos, I’ve been addicted…shrimp tacos too! But I’ve never had them with salmon! This looks amazing girlie! And I love the tip about the corn tortillas…I’ll definitely have to try that sometime!
My husband would go nuts if I made him this. His favorite thing is fish tacos. Just pinned it for the future! 🙂 Thanks Jenn!
I may not eat fish but that honey-lime slaw has my name allllll over it. I can always count on you for awesome Mexican recipes!
Holy yum!!! These look amazing! 😀 And, I hate to break it to you my friend, but you’ve got some stiff competition for the trophy for the longest recipe title of the year award ;). (Especially since I now know it’s made out of pure chocolate.) There’s definitely one or two (or ALL) of my titles that rival this one 😉 lol. Seriously, though, these look absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to try them out!! I’ve had tuna fish tacos and shrimp tacos, but never salmon tacos.
I have been waiting for a fish taco recipe worth attempting and as you make everything look amazing and competlely doable, I will be making yours as soon as possible! Thank you thank you thank you!!
I’m a very recent convert of fish tacos. LOVE them. And was sort of disappointed last week’s date plans after the comedy show we went to switched to a different bar than originally planned. I browse menus like crazy and went from getting some serious fish tacos to a place that didn’t offer them. Boo!
These are really unique and sound awesome! Definitely pinning to my “recipes I will make” board!
Thanks Ericka! Hope you love them as much as I do! <3
I am obsessed with tacos so I cannot wait to make these!! And sririacha… yum!
Yay! Do it!
you had had had me with people hailing from TEXAS.
Id eat it morning noon and night if I had someone else to prepare it 🙂
I’m with Miz. I’d eat lox, salmon salad, and then these later. Also? When you bury me, can you make my coffin a giant sriracha bottle?
That can be arranged! I’m going to murder you for teasing me with feta ANYWAYS plus fiery coffin is totally aprop for where you’re going! =)
Love you ladies!
my mouth is watering, like really watering. oh my goodness. these look delicious. i’ve made fish tacos before but never have they looked this yummy and the sririacha sauce? yes please!!
Oh the sauce… Sriracha makes the world go round! Thanks LeahJo!
Oh wow, these looking amazing!! I am marking it down to try!!
I also live in NC, in Cary! Where are u?!
By the air station at Cherry! eek! Must visit! =)
Anything with salmon has my vote!
Yes! Vote for salmon! And I guess the election too =)
Um your salmon puts mine to shame! 🙂 and deep fried cheese cake sounds…disgusting…right? 🙂
If we keep telling ourselves that maybe we’ll believe it someday. Um your salmon rocks! I want to come steal you and make you experiment with me in the kitchen.
This sounds incredible in every way!
sriracha sauce! YESSS
on. ev. er. y. thing.
Holy yummy taco.