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Chipotle Salmon Tacos

Chipotle salmon tacos will transform taco Tuesday! Broiled chipotle salmon, onion, cilantro, and cojita cheese wrapped into corn tortillas makes a healthy and easy salmon recipe that the whole family will love.

Chipotle Salmon Tacos is a delicious, healthy, and easy salmon recipe!

I’ve been feeling a bit M.I.A. lately…lots of little things going on, enough to keep me away from here I guess.  I’ve still been cooking, just not taking as many pretty pictures…hence the lack of posts and recipes.

Thankfully I got some nice pictures of these babies.  I made Chipotle Salmon Tacos a couple of weeks ago, shortly after receiving a nice package of frozen fish from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.  How happy was I when they asked if I would try out some of their Cook It Frozen techniques with the fish they sent me.

I’ve tried two of their techniques so far…broiling and grilling, like I did in this recipe.  Both times, the fish came out wonderfully, which I will admit I was a little surprised about.  I didn’t think you could cook fish straight from the freezer.  I was afraid it would turn out soggy, but the frozen salmon fillets cook up just as nicely as if they do when they’re fully defrosted.  I even downloaded their cool little app to my iPhone

chipotle salmon

Anyway…back to the chipotle salmon tacos recipe.  We love these tacos.

The chipotle rub has a nice kick to it…just how I like it.  The easy salmon tacos are a perfect dinner on a warm Saturday night, after a dip in the pool.  Not sure if your weather is there just yet, but we’ve definitely entered into “summer” here in Florida.

Chipotle Salmon Tacos - a healthy and easy tacos dinner.

The kiddos enjoyed their plainer version of the salmon tacos. Instead of the chipotle rub, I seasoned their salmon with a fish seasoning that had a little garlic, dill, salt and pepper in the mix.  They ate theirs with a little shredded cabbage, cheese and lime juice.  They requested that their photos be taken too….it’s funny how normal the act of taking pictures of food is to them.  Makes me laugh when they bust out their Fisher Price camera to take pictures of some of our baked goods.  🙂

Healthy Salmon Tacos

I will admit I have been surprised with their more adventurous approach to dinner lately. I’ve been taking away the kiddie option at dinner, a.k.a. second dinner for me to cook, (unless it’s just obvious that they won’t eat it), and it has really been working out for us.  Thank goodness!!



fresh toppings for chipotle salmon tacos

salmon being grilled in aluminum foil

Print Recipe

Chipotle Salmon Tacos


  • 1lb frozen salmon (watch video of this method of cooking or see directions below...or if using already defrosted salmon see Note below)
  • 2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 juicy lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (Mexican oregano if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon olive or vegetable oil
  • flour or corn tortillas, for serving

Taco Fixings:

  • prepared guacamole or sliced avocado
  • shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix
  • cilantro
  • crumbled queso fresco
  • thin sliced white onion
  • lime wedges


  1. In a small bowl, combine chipotle powder, lime juice, salt, pepper, brown sugar, oregano and oil to make a paste.  Set aside.
  2. Heat grill to 400ºF
  3. Rinse seafood under COLD water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towel .  Tear an 18-inch wide sheet of foil so it is 4-inches longer than the seafood .  Spray-coat the dull side of foil and place seafood on foil, skin side down .  Brush both sides of fish with olive or vegetable oil.  Bring sides of foil together and fold over several times to seal; roll up ends to form a packet.  Place packet on grill, seam side down, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes .  Remove packet from grill; open and brush or rub on chipotle paste (both sides).  Crimp foil loosely to close and return packet to grill, seam side up.
  4. Cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove from heat just as soon as seafood is opaque throughout.


    If using already fresh defrosted salmon, skip rinsing and place salmon into foil packet.  Rub seasoning over both sides of fish and seal foil packet.  Place on grill and cook on one side for 5 minutes, turn over and cook other side for additional 3-4 minutes.  Check for doneness.

    To serve:

    Spread prepared guacamole or smear a little avocado on tortillas.  Crumble salmon over guacamole or avocado and pile on the fixings!  Squeeze lime over fish and veggies and take a big messy bite! 🙂

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29 comments on “Chipotle Salmon Tacos”

  1. You know how I love salmon so these would be perfect dinner fare around here Aggie. Thanks for sharing this great idea:D

  2. oh my goodness- your daughter is looking more and more like you! She is adorable! As is your son!! Cooking straight from frozen sounds awesome! I’m all for anything that saves time. Another great recipe. Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!

  3. Those look divine! I can’t wait til pool weather here in the midwest. It’s coming close though!

  4. bah!! It definitely is NOT summer here. It’s still snowing. I hate it!

  5. I never knew you could cook fish straight from the freezer either, but then again, it thaws so quickly under running water that I would never really think of doing that anyway! But, those tacos sound fantastic and I’m really jealous that you got free salmon!

  6. The tacos look great … and so easy. Your kids are adorable. You’re lucky they still pose for pics. Mine are starting to tire of all the blog-related attention!

  7. How great that your kids gave these the thumbs up! I have yet to try fish tacos….going to have to do so SOON. When I mentioned it to Grumpy and showed him a photo recently he did not say no! 🙂

  8. That looks fantastic! I never would have thought you could cook fish straight from the freezer… I even have some salmon in the freezer right now that I’ve been dreading having to defrost before cooking. May have to try your method.

  9. so gorgeous! this is my kind of dinner!

  10. Aggie, those look fantastic! Perfect summer food!

  11. I cook mine right from the freezer onto the grill all the time, love salmon we eat it twice a week…so good for you….this is quite different and will have to give it a try looks like the kids loved it as well~ bonus 🙂

  12. These sound delicious and it looks like your kiddos had tons of fun eating them, too. I’m jealous of your pool weather here in rainy Chicago!

  13. I hear ya girl..I have been in a blog funk too!
    That is awesome your kiddos ate!!!!

  14. You always have the best ideas for fish recipes. I could easily get used to these tacos, especially kicked up with the chipotle. Your little one is darling and a big kudos to you that your kiddos ate these. I am so impressed.

  15. Beautiful photos and lovely recipe. Gotta love anything with chipotle!

  16. You know how I love my salmon. Interesting way to make it from the frozen state. Those tacos look really good. Sammy and Gina are looking adorable as usual. And how awesome they like those fish tacos.

  17. ohh… these are going to get added to my list of recipes!! yummy 🙂

  18. This sounds scrumptious! Especially with the chipotle. I’ve tried the “cook it frozen” techniques too– surprisingly good results, huh?

    ADORABLE pics. Love the 2-thumbs-up!

  19. oh YUM! It’s officially been too long since i’ve had salmon – it looks amazing!!

  20. Great photos and yummy recipe!

  21. Oh. My. Lord. I’ll take 14 of them, please. Now. YUM!

  22. We love salmon so I think I’d like to try these!!

  23. Salmon is one of my favorite foods! Those tacos look AMAZING. I’ve been on a major taco kick later. Definitely making these. Definitely. 😀


  24. Excellent, looks delicious. Thx for sharing.

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  27. YUM! This is a great one, thanks for posting.
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