Mexican cuisine meet Thai cuisine today, and the result is a beautiful fusion recipe: thai salmon tacos with mango-avocado salsa – already a favorite of mine!
I created this fusion recipe a couple of months ago as I was invited to shoot a video tutorial for a Mexican food company. I met the team the previous day, and we decided to give it a try: me the Frenchie living in Chicago, trying a Mexican recipe in their kitchen studio. Exciting challenge!
Back home, I searched for the perfect recipe, which had to involve some cheese. Of course I could have picked a random Mexican recipe but it would have been pointless. Obviously I am not Mexican, and I’d better bring my own twist based upon my multicultural cooking experience instead of copying an existing recipe that every Mexican would master. Let’s bring something new instead, a fusion recipe that would amaze everyone taste buds, hopefully!
It didn’t take me long to whip up the recipe. I just found of a bunch of ingredients I loved and figured out how to put them together: salmon, sweet chili sauce (yes I know, it is not a new thing as you can see with my Thai sweet chili salmon with cashews – I love salmon and a sweet chili sauce together!), lime, fresh cilantro, and a delicate sweet touch brought by the mango-avocado salsa. Just thinking of the recipe, I knew I would love it myself, which was already a good sign, and I felt pretty confident with the recipe.
I tried it on David for dinner and he loved it too – when he tries a new recipe of mine, he usually says that he always loves my cooking anyway, before adding something like “but maybe you should use this” or “it would have been better with that” or even “this ingredient doesn’t bring anything interesting to the dish”. So if he doesn’t say anything and finish the dish in a minute (while I am always very slow at eating, enjoying fully each bite I take), then I don’t need to worry about the recipe, it works! I always ask him to be critic anyway, in case he was actually just starving before for dinner. We both love Mexican food, and we absolutely loved the recipe and made it several times since.
The following morning, I woke up early and went to the kitchen studio shooting the recipe. There I met wonderful people, all passionate about cooking and sharing with me their best tips to master the Mexican cuisine. Now all I want is going to Mexico! But let’s go back to the shooting in the kitchen studio. I had made video tutorials before (Milk and cookie cups, cinnamon star bread, morning routine, chocolate French toast roll-ups…) but each time, I was in front of the camera explaining the recipe step by step. This time, I was filmed from the above (a very common technique nowadays), in a way that we would only see my hands making the recipe. Whereas we often appear nervous when in front of a camera, the technique from the top showing the hands only makes it incredibly easier and help us all to focus on the essential only: the recipe. I felt at ease immediately.
Good news, my “jury” and everyone in the studio liked my recipe (although one of them didn’t like salmon in general, so I guess I was very lucky on this part)! It was still very early in the morning, and I suddenly realized I didn’t mind having it for breakfast at all, it actually works pretty well and you’ve got everything you need to kick off your day: proteins, carbs, vitamins brought by the fresh salsa… For just a moment, it brought me back to Bangkok, what a fantastic exotic feeling!
I now hope you will like the recipe as well. If like me you like fusion food and sweet and savory in particular, you will be in paradise. I served my tacos with corn tortillas, but four tortillas would also work well, it’s completely up to you. Oh, and if you make them for a Mexican dinner, don’t forget to make a homemade guacamole as well, it is super easy and it tastes amazing.
- 2 Salmon fillets (about 150g/5.5 lb each)
- 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ small chili pepper, minced
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup mango, diced
- 2 avocados, diced
- 1½ tbsp fresh lime juice
- 8 small corn tortillas
- Sour cream
- Fresh chopped cilantro
- In a small bowl, prepare the marinade: combine together the sweet chili sauce, olive oil, lime juice, honey, garlic and minced chili. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the salmon into a large ziploc bag and add the marinade. Close bag and massage seasonings into the salmon. Place in the refrigerator and let marinade for 20 minutes.
- Prepare the salsa: in a medium bowl combine the red onion, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, diced avocados and mangoes. Place in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the oven to 300F (150C).
- Remove the salmon from the marinade and transfer to a shallow dish, pouring the marinade over. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove and cut the salmon into chunks.
- Grill tortillas for 10-20 seconds each side in a grid or a sauté pan.
- Divide the salmon equally into the tortillas, add the mango-avocado salsa. Garnish with extra cilantro if desired, and top with sour cream.