Easy BBQ Salmon & Kale Tacos Recipe

Wild salmon broiled with a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce and topped with massaged kale combine in these Easy BBQ Salmon & Kale Tacos – perfect for a weeknight meal that’s ready in under 20 minutes! 

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This month’s Recipe Redux theme is all about bringing the family back to the table for dinner. When I saw this theme, I started reminiscing about dinnertime as a child. On weeknights, we had the typical southern meat and 2 (or 3) plates: fried or barbecued chicken with rice, corn and green beans or the occasional spaghetti or sloppy joe dinner. Though the meals were not always healthy (often not), I enjoyed sitting at the table with my family.

Today, I cook several times a week – not for a crowd. I stick with easy meals that get me in and out of the kitchen quickly. I make most of my dishes from scratch but I took a short cut and used Trader Joe’s barbecue sauce in this one. It’s a big time saver for quick weeknight meals – particularly this broiled salmon. I like that the ingredient list looks just like one I’d use to make my own barbecue sauce.

I’m sharing a new version of one of my favorite quick meals that features two of my favorite foods. I eat tacos a lot – usually salmon or cod with a cabbage slaw or some type of salsa. With kale, wild caught salmon and black beans this recipe could qualify as a “superfood” meal – if you are into that kind of thing.

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You will have leftover salmon and kale – that means less work for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. Store the salmon and kale separately and enjoy as a salad the next day or make more tacos!

So check out the recipe below and before you go, click the link below for more family dinner recipes from my other Recipe Redux friends!

Serves 2 tacos and 1/2 cup black beans

BBQ Salmon & Kale Tacos

15 minPrep Time

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  • 4 soft corn tortillas
  • 2 salmon fillets (6-8 ounces or 1/2 lb.)
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce*
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded kale
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Cooked black beans


  1. Preheat the broiler to the low setting. Line a pan with foil. Add the salmon fillets skin side on the pan. Brush barbecue sauce onto the salmon fillets evenly. Broil on low for 10 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork. Thinner pieces will cook faster so pay attention.
  2. While the salmon broils, prep the kale. In a small bowl, using your clean hands, massage the oil into the kale (at least 3 minutes) until it starts to break down a bit. Drizzle on the lime juice. Set aside.
  3. Heat the tortillas in a skillet or get a slight char by heating them over an open flame using tongs.
  4. Flake the salmon into bite size pieces.
  5. Assemble the tacos by adding the salmon and massaged kale to the warm tortillas.
  6. Serve with a side of black beans for a complete meal.


* I used Trader Joe's Brand Barbecue Sauce. Feel free to make your own or use your favorite brand. But get a good one - it will make or break this dish!


16 Comments on Easy BBQ Salmon & Kale Tacos Recipe

    • Marisa
      August 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Rebecca!

  1. Dietitian Debbie
    August 22, 2015 at 11:56 AM (2 years ago)

    BBQ salmon?! That sounds delicious! Especially in taco form. 🙂

    • Marisa
      August 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM (2 years ago)

      So yummy, Debbie! Hope you get to try it out!

  2. Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
    August 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM (2 years ago)

    I have never thought to do bbq salmon! Ahh this is so great for summer dinners outside 🙂 Pinning!

    • Marisa
      August 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM (2 years ago)

      So perfect for summer dinners. The broiler gives great flavor without even having to fire up the grill!

  3. Kim
    August 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM (2 years ago)

    These look really good, Marisa! We do tacos pretty often at our house and it would be nice to put this spin on the typical beef or bean taco!

    • Marisa
      August 23, 2015 at 4:57 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Kim!

    • Marisa
      August 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Aggie!

  4. GiGi Eats
    August 22, 2015 at 10:24 PM (2 years ago)

    THIS RIGHT HERE – my life source!!!

    • Marisa
      August 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM (2 years ago)

      You have to try it, Jessica! It’s one of my favorite ways to make it… that or a miso glazed salmon. The flavor is incredible!


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