Roasted Salmon tacos Baja med style with fragrant cucumber salsa

Baja–med is a delicious fusion of Mexican & Mediterranean cookery. These tacos are fresh, colourful & abundant like the region. Cooking the salmon in 2 pieces is a simple technique to ensure even cooking cooked medium rare the fish will remain, moist & luscious. The roasted jalapeño & tamarind chilli mole application can be as a glaze for the crispy skin or as a condiment simply roll up these vibrant tacos & dip in to the spicy sweet & sour sauce.
Roasted Salmon tacos Baja med style with fragrant cucumber salsa

Ingredients and Methods

Pauls Tip - Try these tacos with hot smoked salmon or for a vegetarian alternative add some pre cooked slices of artichokes to the vegetable mixture


  • Some Roasted jalapeño & tamarind chilli mole (optional)
  • 50ml Olive Oil
  • 400g Fillet of pin boned Atlantic salmon fillet skin on (cut into 2 pieces separating the belly from the loin)
  • Some Sea salt flakes
  • 2 Cloves finely sliced garlic cloves
  • ½ a small dried chipotle finely sliced
  • 1 large salad onion peeled & sliced
  • 1 yellow bullhorn pepper sliced into rounds
  • 200g Mixed red & yellow grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 75g Kalamata olives cut either side of the stone
  • 75ml Sherry vinegar
  • 1 orange squeezed
  • 75ml Agave
  • 1 bunch basil leaves shredded

Fragrant cucumbers

  • 2 peeled Lebanese cucumber finely diced
  • ½ bunch of chopped dill
  • ½ teaspoons toasted caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar & salt
  • 2 Limes, Juiced
  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 Nixtamal tortillas


1) Prepare the chilli mole Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees. Heat a wide non stick pan with olive oil, Season the 2 pieces of salmon with salt place the salmon carefully skin side down, as it hits the hot pan press the salmon piece down with your hand for 2 mins to ensure the portion cooks flat, do not turnover cook for a further 1 mins then place in the oven skin side down for 2 mins. Remove from the oven allow to cool on a cake rack.

2) Using the same pan heat with a splash of olive oil add the garlic, onions, chipotle, peppers, tomatoes, olives, season & cook together for 5 mins till all the vegetables are collapsed & caramelised now add the vinegar, orange juice and reduce till nearly a dry pan add agave reduce to a syrup coating.

3) Place into a small bowl allow to cool add basil & check seasoning

4) Prepare the salsa by combining all the ingredients

5) Re heat your tortillas by searing quickly in a hot dry pan then place into taco holder or warm oven covered with a damp cloth

6) To serve using a sharp knifed cut the salmon loin & belly into 2 cm thick slices

7) Arrange 2 tortillas on each plate spoon a little salsa on each tortilla top with the vegetable salad arrange a slice of salmon loin & belly pieces on top and spoon the salsa over & serve with more tama ring chilli mole on the side for dipping

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