Blackened Salmon Tacos with Grilled Peach and Mint Salsa

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Grilled Peach and Mint Salsa
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About This Recipe

The harmonious marriage of flavors and textures in the salmon fish tacos I recently experimented with is a testament to the rich culinary heritage and produce of California. Nestled in the heart of wine country, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, Napa Valley and its neighboring Sonoma have inspired many great salmon recipes, including the one I'm sharing with you today: Blackened Salmon Tacos with Grilled Peach and Mint Salsa. This salmon tacos recipe is a delightful blend of smoky, sweet, tangy, and fresh flavors that tantalize the palate and evoke memories of summertime picnics in the valley.

Having lived in Napa for the better part of my life, I've had the pleasure of tasting and experimenting with some of the most incredible produce the region has to offer. The succulent salmon we get from the Pacific Coast has always been a favorite of mine. And when paired with the luscious peaches from Sonoma orchards, it's nothing short of culinary magic.

If you've been searching for salmon tacos near me or wondering about how to elevate your taco game, this recipe is your answer. What sets this salmon fish taco recipe apart is the meticulous balance of flavors. The salmon is blackened to perfection, rendering a smoky depth that contrasts beautifully with the sweet and tangy grilled peach and mint salsa.

Now, any seasoned food lover knows that a dish like this deserves a perfect wine to elevate it. Drawing from the extensive wine knowledge of the region, a dry Rosé, such as the one from Turley Wine Cellars, makes for a safe choice. Its refreshing notes harmonize with the dish's flavors, making every bite a memorable experience. For those leaning towards a classic pairing, a Chardonnay, especially one from Frog's Leap, will work wonders with its balanced profile. And for the adventurous souls, a Grüner Veltliner from Stony Hill Vineyard will introduce a peppery note that complements the blackened spice on the salmon.

I remember creating this dish for a summer gathering. The aim was to have something light yet flavorful, easy to put together yet impressive. This easy salmon recipe checked all the boxes. The tacos were a hit, but what made the evening unforgettable was pairing them with the right wines. Drawing inspiration from the landscape, the climate, and the rich agricultural produce, I realized how intertwined food and wine are in this part of the world. Napa and Sonoma are not just places on a map; they are experiences, memories, and stories waiting to be shared over good food and wine.

If you're ever in Napa or Sonoma, I strongly recommend visiting the wineries mentioned above. Not only will you get to taste some excellent wines, but you'll also get a feel of the region's history, its people, and its culinary traditions.

As you delve into this great salmon recipe, imagine yourself in the golden meadows of Napa, with a glass of wine in hand, surrounded by laughter, love, and the sweet aroma of grilled peaches. Such is the magic of food—it transports you, tells you stories, and leaves you yearning for more. I hope this dish does all that and more for you. Happy cooking!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Pacific Coast Salmon

Renowned for its rich, buttery flavor, Pacific Coast Salmon is truly the star of our salmon fish taco recipe. A wild-caught delicacy, this salmon boasts a vibrant color, firm texture, and a taste profile unmatched by its farmed counterparts. Originating from the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, it's packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, making it as nutritious as it is delicious. When combined with the smoky blackening spices and grilled peach salsa, the salmon's unique flavor profile shines, proving why it's the hero ingredient in many great salmon recipes.

How to Perfectly Blacken Salmon

Blackening is a technique that instills a deep, smoky flavor to the salmon, creating a crust that's irresistibly crispy. Here's how to get it right:

  1. Ensure the Salmon is Dry: Pat the salmon fillets dry using paper towels. This helps the spices adhere better and ensures a crispy crust.
  2. Generously Apply the Blackening Spice: Coat the salmon evenly on both sides.
  3. Heat the Pan: Use a cast-iron skillet and get it smoking hot. This is essential for that perfect crust.
  4. Sear: Place the salmon skin-side up and sear for 2-3 minutes until a crust forms. Flip and repeat.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I store leftover salmon tacos? Yes, refrigerate the salmon and salsa separately in airtight containers. They should be consumed within two days for the best taste.
  2. I'm allergic to peaches; can I use another fruit for the salsa? Absolutely! Mangos or nectarines make a great substitute for peaches in this salmon tacos recipe.
  3. Can I use frozen salmon for this recipe? While fresh salmon is recommended for the best flavor, thawed frozen salmon can also work. Ensure it's completely thawed and patted dry before blackening.
  4. What tools do I need for blackening the salmon? A cast-iron skillet is ideal for blackening, as it retains heat and ensures an even crust.
  5. Can I use other herbs instead of mint for the salsa? Yes, basil or cilantro can be used in place of mint, altering the salsa's flavor profile but still complementing the salmon beautifully.

Tips for Success

  1. Temperature is Key: For that perfect blackened crust, ensure your skillet is smoking hot before adding the salmon. A sizzling sound when the fish hits the pan indicates you're on the right track.
  2. Let the Salmon Rest: After purchasing and before cooking, let the salmon sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. This ensures even cooking.
  3. Gently Toss the Salsa: When combining the grilled peaches with other salsa ingredients, toss gently to keep the peach pieces intact, ensuring a rustic and appealing texture for your salmon tacos.

Recipe Overview

Recipe:
Blackened Salmon Tacos with Grilled Peach and Mint Salsa
Author:
Lily Anderson
Season:
Summer
Yield:
8 tacos
Calories Per Serving:
250
Prep Time:
PT15M
Cook Time:
PT15M
Total Time:
PT30M

Ingredients List

Ingredients:

For the Blackened Salmon:

  • 4 salmon fillets, skin off (approx. 6 oz. each)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the Grilled Peach and Mint Salsa:

  • 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste

For Assembling:

  • 8 small tortillas
  • 1 cup arugula (or your choice of greens)

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Prepare the Blackening Spice: In a small bowl, combine paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Season the Salmon: Rub each salmon fillet with the spice mix, ensuring an even coating on all sides.
  3. Grill the Peaches: Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Place peach halves on the grill, cut-side down, and grill for 3-4 minutes or until they have visible grill marks. Remove and let cool before dicing.
  4. Prepare the Salsa: In a bowl, combine the grilled peach dices, mint, red onion, jalapeño, and lime juice. Mix well and season with salt. Set aside.
  5. Cook the Salmon: In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the salmon fillets and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until blackened and cooked through.
  6. Assemble the Tacos: Warm the tortillas on the grill for about 1 minute on each side. Place a layer of arugula on each tortilla, followed by a piece of blackened salmon. Top with a generous helping of peach and mint salsa.

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