It's time to spice up Taco Tuesday! Salmon Tacos with Sriracha Aioli have a simple seasoning mix on the salmon and the sriracha cream sauce is finger licking good!
Taco Tuesday is a favorite night of the week and I've been trying to find ways to make things more exciting than the typical beef tacos. Don't get me wrong - we LOVE my homemade beef tacos, but sometimes we just need to change it up! I'm a huge fan of fish tacos, and these Salmon Tacos with Sriracha Aioli are one of my favorite recipes for salmon tacos.
Not only is the rub for the salmon super flavorful, it's also made with pantry ingredients that I always have on hand. The star of the show however, in my opinion, is the salmon tacos sauce. This sriracha aioli cream sauce is SO good! We drizzle it on the tacos and then dip our tortilla chips in it, too!
Salmon fillets - I prefer wild salmon (Sitka Salmon is my favorite!), opposed to farm raised.
Spices - chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. That's all you need for super flavorful salmon tacos! This spice combination is smoky, sweet, and SO flavorful!
Olive Oil - for cooking the salmon.
Plain Greek Yogurt - Greek Yogurt is great because it is creamy and a little healthier than sour cream. I definitely recommend whole milk Greek Yogurt, as it I have better results than with nonfat Greek Yogurt. You can definitely substitute sour cream, if you prefer or that's what you have on hand!
Sriracha - I love sriracha in this dip! It is a little bit sweet and has a good kick of spice in it.
Honey - a teaspoon of honey sweetens up the salmon taco sauce just a bit to offset the spice.
Lime juice - lime juice gives the taco sauce a bit of freshness!
Toppings - tacos are all about the toppings! With these salmon tacos, I do a sprinkle of red onion, cilantro, and jalapenos for more spice. Really, you could load yours up with all of your favorites - salsa, guacamole, lettuce, shredded cheese, cotija cheese, sour cream, pickled red onions, the works. I'm begging you, however, not to skip the Sriracha aioli. It really makes this taco recipe and gives it great flavor! If you're not a fan of super spicy things, you can definitely scale back the amount of Sriracha to just a half a teaspoon, and it will be much more mild.
So whether you're also trying to eat a little healthier this year or wanting to wish away the cold weather, give these salmon tacos with sriracha cream sauce a try!
Make the sriracha aioli. I like making the sriracha sauce to begin. Simply combine the Greek Yogurt, lime juice, honey, cumin, and Sriracha in a small bowl. Season with salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
Prep the salmon. Combine the rub ingredients in a small bowl and then rub it all over the flesh of the salmon.
Cook the salmon. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the salmon skin side down in the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook another 4-5 minutes. If your salmon is extra thick, you might need to cook closer to 6 minutes. If you have an air fryer, you could definitely cook it in air fryer! Just use this recipe.
Assemble. Use a fork to flake the salmon and then fill up your tortillas! You can use corn tortillas or flour tortillas - both work. I'd say corn tortillas are a bit more classic for salmon tacos, but sometimes I prefer the softness of flour tortillas. Either way, I love using warm tortillas which I achieve by microwaving topped with a wet paper towel for 60 seconds.
Top your salmon tacos with all of the toppings you like! Especially with the sriracha aioli, these really are the best salmon tacos I've had!
What is Sriracha Aioli?
Traditionally, aioli is a creamy sauce made with olive oil and garlic. I made my own version of it with Greek Yogurt and Sriracha. It is essentially a dipping sauce or drizzling sauce that we use for tacos and tortilla chips.
Can this recipe be made with a different meat?
I think that would work just fine. You could use shrimp. Simply substitute 1-1.5 lbs of raw shrimp that has been peeled and deveined, and toss in the rub. Cook in the olive oil for 4-5 minutes, as shrimp cooks much faster than salmon. Chicken could also be substituted. Dice the chicken, toss in the rub, and cook in the olive oil for 8-10 minutes.
Can I bake the salmon in the oven?
Definitely. When I bake salmon, I use this recipe for oven baked salmon and line my baking sheet with aluminum foil to make cleanup easier. Just use the spice rub from the recipe card below. I also have a recipe for Air Fryer Salmon Tacos, which I will often make.