One of my favorite Summer dinners is fish tacos. I love how light and fresh they are (and I don't have to use my oven - score!). Last year I shared with you my recipe for tilapia fish tacos with corn salsa. This year I decided to expand my fish taco horizons and make salmon tacos. And since my father-in-law just taught me a little trick for grilling salmon so it comes out perfectly, I decided it would be perfect to grill the fish this time around.
What you simply must do so your salmon stays intact and beautiful on the grill:
Grill the salmon flesh-side-down for about 2 minutes. Just enough to start the cooking process. Then, flip the salmon over to the skin side, cover your grill and allow it to finish cooking for another 3-5 minutes this way.
Cooking the skin side last helps keep the fish together, instead of it becoming a hot mess all over your grill.
While the salmon is cooking, whisk together sour cream, lemon juice, cilantro, pepper and a bit of seasoned salt. This is your lovely taco sauce.
After the salmon has cooked, flake it with a fork and serve it on a bed of shredded cabbage inside a tortilla. Top with the cilantro cream sauce and enjoy!
Eating this outdoors with a special adult beverage only further solidifies the deliciousness of this meal.
Grilled Salmon Tacos
Yields enough for 4-5 tacos
2 salmon fillets
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
oil, for brushing
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Fire the grill up to about 400. Sprinkle chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder over the flesh-side of the salmon fillets. Brush with olive or vegetable oil.
Place fillets, flesh-side-down on your preheated grill. Allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip the fillets over so the skin-side is down, cover the grill and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Remove from the grill and flake the salmon with a fork.
Whisk together the sauce ingredients.
Serve salmon inside a tortilla; top with cabbage and the cilantro cream sauce. Consume and enjoy!