Pan-Seared Salmon Tacos with Zesty Toppings

Salmon tacos | from my point of view

Picture this: It’s a warm summer evening, and you’re craving something fresh, flavorful, and fun. Look no further than these irresistible pan-seared salmon tacos! As someone who’s always on the hunt for the perfect taco, I can confidently say that this recipe is a game-changer. The combination of flaky salmon, crunchy red cabbage, and a kick of spicy yogurt sauce will transport your taste buds to taco heaven.

What Makes These Salmon Tacos Special?

These tacos feature succulent pan-seared salmon as the star, complemented by a vibrant red cabbage salad and a creamy, spicy yogurt sauce. The addition of fresh parsley and a squeeze of lime brings everything together for a burst of flavor in every bite.

Let’s dive into the recipe and get cooking!


For the Salmon:

  • 1 lb fresh salmon fillet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Red Cabbage Salad:

  • 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

For the Spicy Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt to taste

Additional Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas


  1. Prepare the Red Cabbage Salad:
    In a bowl, mix the shredded cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Set aside to let the flavors meld.
  2. Make the Spicy Yogurt Sauce:
    Combine the Greek yogurt, minced garlic, sriracha, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Cook the Salmon:
    • Pat the salmon dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper.
    • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Once hot, add the salmon, skin-side down, and cook for about 4 minutes until crispy.
    • Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through but still moist.
    • Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before flaking into large chunks.
  4. Warm the Tortillas:
    Heat the tortillas in a dry skillet or directly over a gas flame for about 30 seconds on each side.
  5. Assemble the Tacos:
    • Place a warm tortilla on a plate.
    • Add a generous portion of flaked salmon.
    • Top with a handful of the red cabbage salad.
    • Drizzle with the spicy yogurt sauce.
    • Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.
    • Serve with a lime wedge on the side.

Serving Suggestions

These salmon tacos are a meal in themselves, but if you’re looking to round out your spread, consider serving them with:

  • A side of Mexican-style rice
  • Black beans
  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • A light green salad

Don’t forget to pair your tacos with an ice-cold margarita or a crisp white wine for the ultimate dining experience!

Time to Taco ‘Bout How Amazing These Are!

There you have it – a recipe for salmon tacos that’s sure to become a regular in your meal rotation. The combination of pan-seared salmon, crunchy red cabbage, and that irresistible spicy yogurt sauce is simply chef’s kiss.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients and get ready to impress your family and friends with these mouthwatering salmon tacos. Trust me, once you try them, you’ll be hooked!

Happy cooking, and don’t forget to share your taco creations with us on social media using #SalmonTacoMagic!