Recipe by Bobby Flay
- Spice Rub:
- 3 to 4 golden brown sugar
- 1/4 good quality dark roast coffee, coarsely ground
- 1/2 seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
- 1/4 ground turmeric
- 1/4 curry powder
- 1/4 ground cumin
- 1/4 coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Ensalada for Tacos:
- 1 bunch of fresh coriander leaves; (yields approximately 1 )
- 1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley; (yields approximately 1 )
- 1 bunch fresh spring onion; (yields approximately 1 )
- 2 fresh pasilla chiles fire roasted, stemmed, seeded and
- 2 fresh Anaheim chiles fire roasted, skinned and
- 1/2 head fresh red cabbage,
- 1/2 head fresh green cabbage
- 2 serrano chiles, finely
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice, about 1 1/2 tablespoons, optional
- 6 pounds wild salmon fillet, boneless and skinless
- 3 cedar grilling planks (soaked for 3 hours)
- 4 dozen fresh corn tortillas (preferably homemade)
- 1 pound Cotija cheese crumbled for topping tacos
How to make Epicurean Cowboy Spice Rubbed, Cedar Planked, Salmon Tacos
Thoroughly mix all of the rub ingredients in a glass bowl and set aside. Cooks Note: Can be sealed in storage bag or jar for up to 1 week. This will make about 6
Combine all of the ensalada ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well. Set aside for tacos.
Cut the salmon fillet into 3 equal parts and arrange on the pre-soaked cedar planks. Cover the salmon liberally with the spice rub (approximately 1 per pound). It is ok if some spice rub falls onto the plank.
Heat the grill to high.
Put the salmon planks over very hot mesquite/oak or hickory coals and cover the grill until the spice rub has melted to form a coating over salmon and plank, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the cover from the grill. If the planks flame up be sure the flames do not scorch the fillet, as the taste of burned sugar should not be the dominating flavor.
Remove the salmon planks from the grill and loosely cover with foil. Allow the fillets to rest for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the fillets to a large bowl and set aside. In the meantime, toast the corn tortillas over the hot coals or on a preheated comal.
Add the ensalada to the bowl with the salmon and stir lightly to combine.
Using 2 overlapping toasted corn tortillas, scoop some of the salmon mixture onto the tortillas and top with some of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling. For authentic Baja style service, use simple paper boats for serving vessels. The boats will allow the tacos to stand upright for better presentation.
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