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Orange marinated salmon tacos

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Spice and citrus flavors compliment these orange marinated salmon tacos served with Baja-slaw and guacamole. We love tacos because they are so versatile. This orange marinated salmon taco is a family favorite.

Orange marinated salmon tacos with Baja slaw and guacamole on the side.
Orange marinated salmon tacos are a family favorite

Orange marinated salmon tacos are easy to prepare. They taste great when served with a classic Baja slaw. Orange is a great citrus flavor that pairs well with salmon. Our favorite kind of salmon to use is Pacific sockeye salmon. But you can use any kind of salmon you prefer. For tacos, you will need to remove the skin and any visible bones as well as cut the salmon into 2 – 3 inch pieces. Serve these orange marinated salmon tacos with traditional corn tortillas or street taco soft flour tortillas.

A plate with orange marinated salmon tacos in the center. A jalapeno pepper on the side.
Orange is a great flavor with salmon

What you’ll need

  • Juice of 1 naval orange
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 pinches fine sea salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs salmon, skinless and sliced into approx. 2” x 3” pieces
  • flour for dusting
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • tortillas warmed
  • Optional sides: Baja slaw, cilantro, guacamole, lime wedges

The first step to preparing the orange marinated salmon tacos is to prepare the marinade. Add the salmon, cover with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for several hours or preferably overnight.

A large bowl with salmon pieces in orange marinade.
Marinating the salmon

The next step involves frying the fish. I usually allow the salmon pieces to sit on a paper towel lined dinner plate before dipping each piece in flour. This allows excess liquid to wick away from the salmon. Next, dust each piece of salmon into the seasoned flour mixture.

Dusting the salmon with flour

Next, heat the oil in a large skillet. The amount of time to fry each piece will depend on the thickness of each slice. A general rule of thumb is approximately 2 to 4 minutes per side until they are browned and crisp on the edges.

Frying up the salmon

Finally, I transfer the cooked salmon pieces to another dinner plate lined with paper towel to allow any excess oil to be soaked up. Layer the tortillas with a piece of orange marinated salmon, Baja slaw and any other toppings you like. Guacamole is a favorite of ours and I often serve jalapeno slices on the side for those of us that like spice. Cilantro and lime wedges are a great accompaniment.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. You’ll find the recipe card below for printing. Please leave me a comment.

Happy cooking,

Michelle

An overhead view of a plate of orange marinated salmon tacos with Baja slaw and guacamole on the side.

Orange marinated salmon tacos

Spice and citrus flavors compliment these orange marinated salmon tacos served with Baja-slaw and guacamole. It’s a family favorite.

Serves 4

  • Prep time 8 hours
  • Cook time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 juice of a naval orange
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 pinches fine sea salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs salmon skinless and sliced into approx. 2″ x 3″ pieces
  • flour for dusting
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • tortillas, warmed
  • Baja slaw, optional topping
  • cilantro, optional topping
  • guacamole, optional topping
  • lime wedges, optional topping

Instructions

  1. Combine orange juice, cumin, chili powder and 1 pinch of salt in a large shallow dish. Add the salmon and toss to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for several hours (preferably overnight).
  2. Layer paper towel on a dinner plate. Remove the salmon to the plate allowing the paper towel to soak up excess liquid. Layer flour for dusting on another dinner plate. Add 1 pinch of salt to the flour and mix.
  3. Dip each piece of salmon in the seasoned flour on all sides. Heat the oil in a skillet on high heat. Fry the salmon for 2-4 minutes per side until browned and crisp on the edges. Transfer the cooked salmon to paper towel lined dinner plate to drain.
  4. To serve, arrange fish in the middle of warm tortilla topped with Baja slaw, guacamole, cilantro and lime optional.

Orange marinated salmon tacos

Recipe by MichelleCourse: SeafoodCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

8

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calorieskcal

Spice and citrus flavors compliment these orange marinated salmon tacos served with Baja-slaw and guacamole. It’s a family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 juice of a naval orange

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder

  • 2 pinches fine sea salt

  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs salmon skinless and sliced into approx. 2” x 3” pieces

  • flour for dusting

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • tortillas, warmed

  • Baja slaw, optional topping

  • cilantro, optional topping

  • guacamole, optional topping

  • lime wedges, optional topping

Directions

  • Combine orange juice, cumin, chili powder and 1 pinch of salt in a large shallow dish. Add the salmon and toss to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for several hours (preferably overnight).
  • Layer paper towel on a dinner plate. Remove the salmon to the plate allowing the paper towel to soak up excess liquid. Layer flour for dusting on another dinner plate. Add 1 pinch of salt to the flour and mix.
  • Dip each piece of salmon in the seasoned flour on all sides. Heat the oil in a skillet on high heat. Fry the salmon for 2-4 minutes per side until browned and crisp on the edges. Transfer the cooked salmon to paper towel lined dinner plate to drain.
  • To serve, arrange fish in the middle of warm tortilla topped with Baja slaw, guacamole, cilantro and lime optional.

 

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