easy salmon tacos with creamy sauce and red onion garnish

Easy Salmon Tacos with Creamy Slaw

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Salmon
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These Easy Salmon Tacos are done in 30 minutes and make the perfect weeknight dinner. Tender salmon rubbed down with a smoky spice rub then baked till caramelized and topped with creamy slaw, pickled onions, and salty cotija for the ultimate mix of flavor and textures.



Creamy Slaw:

  • 1 avocado, mashed or pureed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups of shredded cabbage

Baked Salmon:

  • 1 lb.fresh salmon, (skin removed) cut into 1/2″-1″ cubes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



Creamy Slaw:

  1. To a medium bowl, add avocado, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste. Using a spoon, mix together until well combined.
  2. Add in shredded cabbage and gently stir everything together.

Bake the Salmon:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. To a medium bowl add cubed salmon along with smoked paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, ancho chili powder, salt and olive oil. Using your hands, gently toss the salmon to coat with the spice blend.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread salmon out in single layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes. In the last minute, switch the oven to broiler to brown the salmon. Remove from oven and set aside.

Assemble Tacos:

  1. To warmed corn tortillas add creamy slaw and salmon. Top with cotija cheese and pickled onions.


  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 451
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 394 mg
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 93 mg

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