Barbeque broiled salmon and kale come together in these easy salmon tacos that are perfect for a weeknight dinner that’s ready in under 20 minutes!
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 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. And if you are, you might want to try my superfood salad.Easy BBQ Salmon & Kale Tacos make an easy weeknight dinner!
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 shortcut 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.
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!
Best way to cook salmon for tacos
Broil the salmon. It’s easy, not messy, and it provides a delicious broiled color, finish, and flavor! These bbq salmon tacos were broiled to get that color and flavor.
Bake and flake the salmon. This works well for marinated salmon. And I love using this method for meal prep. Simply bake the salmon, break it apart, and pile into your a tortilla with your favorite toppings.
Grill the salmon. Use an outdoor grill and a fish pan to get a delicious chargrilled flavor. This method might require the most effort but can really pay off in terms of flavor.
What to serve with salmon tacos?
I like to serve my salmon tacos with black beans, a side salad, or roasted vegetables. But since this one already has vegetables in it, you could just eat them as is!
What are the best tortillas for tacos?
Soft corn tortillas are my go-to for tacos.
If you are following a low carb diet or have an allergy, try some of the alternative tortilla options. You can easily find cassava, coconut, and even almond flour tortillas or use lettuce cups for a crunchy, refreshing taco!
Now that you’re set on tortillas, you might also like these other …
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Easy Black Bean Breakfast Tacos
Crispy Cod Tacos with Honey-Lime Cilantro Slaw
Glazed Salmon Tacos with Grapefruit Avocado Salsa
Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad with Avocado Cucumber Dressing
Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa
BBQ Salmon and Kale Tacos
- 4 soft corn tortillas
- 2 salmon fillets (6-8 ounces or ½ lb.)
- ½ cup barbecue sauce*
- 2 cups chopped or shredded kale
- 1 teaspoon avocado or grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 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.
- 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.
- Heat the tortillas in a skillet or get a slight char by heating them over an open flame using tongs.
- Flake the salmon into bite-size pieces. Assemble the tacos by adding the salmon and massaged kale to the warm tortillas.
- Serve with a side of black beans for a complete meal.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
BBQ sauce and salmon…that’s all we need! Beautiful delicious tacos!
BBQ salmon?! That sounds delicious! Especially in taco form. 🙂
So yummy, Debbie! Hope you get to try it out!
Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
I have never thought to do bbq salmon! Ahh this is so great for summer dinners outside 🙂 Pinning!
So perfect for summer dinners. The broiler gives great flavor without even having to fire up the grill!
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!
Aggie | Aggie's Kitchen
I absolutely love these creative tacos! Great recipe!
THIS RIGHT HERE – my life source!!!
Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
Never thought to make barbecue salmon – yum!
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!