Grilled Salmon Soft Tacos


Fish tacos have become all the rage in recent years and are a specialty of the Pacific coast of Southern California and Mexico. This is a simple recipe: all the components can be made ahead of time and the fish grilled at the last moment. You can also use halibut, sea bass or tilapia in place of the salmon.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings, 2 tacos each


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon ancho or New Mexico chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 4 4-ounce wild salmon fillets, about 1-inch thick, skin on

  • 8 6-inch corn or flour tortillas, warmed

  • Cabbage Slaw, (recipe follows)

  • Citrus Salsa, (recipe follows)

  • Cilantro Crema, (recipe follows)


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Combine oil, chile powder, lime juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture liberally over salmon. Grill the salmon, skin-side down, until it is just cooked through, about 8 minutes. Cut each fillet lengthwise into 2 pieces and remove the skin.

  3. To serve, place 2 tortillas on each plate. Evenly divide the fish, Cabbage Slaw, Citrus Salsa and Cilantro Crema among the tortillas.

Associated Recipes

Cabbage Slaw

Cilantro Crema

Citrus Salsa

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

559 Calories
30g Fat
44g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 559
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 31g 63%
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Vitamin A 1682IU 34%
Vitamin C 103mg 114%
Folate 93mcg 23%
Sodium 532mg 23%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 97mg 23%
Potassium 1150mg 24%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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