At the start of the year, buzzing with good intentions and goals for 2015, I set up several reminders on my phone. Eat breakfast. Yes, I need a cue for this extremely important daily task, to nag me, otherwise the window closes and I’m left hungry. Cod liver oil. To prompt me to take this age old supplement that I wholeheartedly believe in. Salmon. A memo to encourage me to eat oily fish more often. Most of the time these words that flash across the screen of my phone are hastily dismissed. Yet a subliminal message must trickle through to my consciousness, because today I had the urge to make salmon tacos with cabbage slaw.
Fish tacos are the best. Light. Fresh. Tasty. Colourful. Zingy. Zesty. Crunchy. Soft. Fun. This list of adjectives alone makes me want to prepare and scoff some right now. Plus they make great informal finger food and create a little bit of theatre when they are presented on a long plank, all neatly standing in a row, strands of pink cabbage and leafy coriander rustically on show, protruding from the sides.
Salmon tacos with cabbage slaw
For the salmon
- 2 fillets of salmon
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- sea salt
- black pepper
Mix the spices on a plate and then coat the salmon in them by pressing the fish onto the plate.
Cook the salmon on all sides in a fairly hot pan or on the barbecue, only turning when each side has a lovely crust.
For the cabbage slaw
- red cabbage
- juice of a lime
- pinch of sea salt
Slice the cabbage as finely as you can, pour over the lime juice and add the pinch of salt then massage the slaw with you hands. This step will soften the cabbage slightly and make it juicy and flavoursome. Add some chopped avocado to the mix if you wish.
- warm soft flour tortillas
- coriander, washed and coarsely chopped
- lime wedges
Take a warm tortilla and spread a dessert spoon of mayonnaise across the middle section. Flake some salmon and place it on top of the mayo. Top the fish with some slaw, a few sprigs of coriander, a squeeze of lime. Now simply roll up and enjoy.
Enjoy this recipe? Then you might like this quick Cajun salmon recipe