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These easy-to-make Blackened Salmon Lettuce Wraps are the perfect recipe when you are looking for a healthy and delicious meal. Also, these lettuce wraps are gluten-free and low-carb! Bursting with flavors and packed with protein, these salmon bites wrapped in crisp greens are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eyes. In addition, this healthier version of a salmon taco makes for a great meal prep idea.

Blackened Salmon Lettuce wraps sitting in a wooden tray lined with brown parchment paper

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BLACKEN?

If you are looking to amp up any meal with big and bold flavors, a blackening seasoning blend will do the trick! Yes, blackening seasoning is spicy and it does bring a little heat, but not overpowering like other fiery seasoning blends. However, if you are looking to add a blast of heat to your dish, you can easily adjust the amount of cayenne pepper.

Although this cajun-type of seasoning is available for purchase, I highly recommend making your own. Honestly, you likely have everything to make this delicious homemade seasoning in your spice drawer. Leftover seasoning can be sealed in an airtight container and will last up to three months in your pantry.

Just to clarify, the term blackening actually refers to the cooking technique, using a cast iron pan with high heat. Cooking the protein in this manner will give it a charred crust on both sides.

Cubed salmon blackening in a cast iron pan

SALMON ALTERNATIVES

Although blackened salmon works incredibly inside these lettuce wraps, any of the following blackened proteins are great substitutes/alternatives:

  • chicken
  • shrimp
  • ahi tuna
  • white fish (ie. cod, flounder, mahi, grouper)
  • beef
  • tofu

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Here’s how to use the air frying to prepare these spicy salmon bites:

  • preheat the air fryer to 390°
  • spray the inside of the basket with non-stick spray
  • place the salmon bites (may have to prepare in batches depending on the size of the air-fryer)
  • air fry the salmon for about 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway (internal temperature should be 145° for salmon that is not sushi-grade

TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST BLACKENED SALMON LETTUCE WRAPS

  • High-Quality Salmon: Start with fresh, high-quality salmon fillets. Look for wild-caught salmon for the best flavor and nutritional value.
  • Perfectly Seasoned: Ensure your salmon is well-seasoned with the blackened seasoning blend. Rub the spices onto the salmon evenly, allowing them to infuse into the flesh.
  • Searing Technique: When searing the salmon, use a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil. Aim for a crispy and flavorful blackened crust while keeping the inside moist and tender.
  • Balanced Spice Blend: Adjust the level of heat in your blackened seasoning blend according to your taste preferences. Maintain a balance between smokiness, heat, and depth of flavor.
  • Fresh Toppings: Choose fresh and ripe ingredients for your toppings. Vibrant tomatoes, diced red onions, fresh jalapeños, creamy avocado, and fragrant cilantro enhance both flavor and texture. Fresh mango salsa is also a great alternative.
  • Experiment: Don’t be afraid to experiment with variations. You can try different types of lettuce (butter lettuce is a great alternative), add a drizzle of yogurt sauce or hot sauce, or incorporate other creative toppings.
  • Freshness is Key: While meal prepping is convenient, for the best experience, assemble and enjoy the wraps as close to serving time as possible. This helps maintain the crispness of the lettuce and the overall freshness of the dish.
  • Meal Prep: This salmon recipe is great for meal prep. Keep the lettuce and salmon bites separate until you are ready to enjoy.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH BLACKENED SALMON LETTUCE WRAPS

Although these Salmon Lettuce Wraps make for a complete, protein-packed and healthy meal, here are a few serving suggestions:

  • white or brown rice
  • coconut rice
  • sweet potato fries
  • grilled corn on the cob

Drizzle with any of these tasty sauces:

How To Store Salmon Lettuce Wraps

If you plan to consume these fish lettuce wraps within a few days, store them in the refrigerator. It’s best to store the blackened salmon bites and lettuce, separately.

Reheat the salmon in the oven, or on the stovetop.

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One blackened salmon lettuce wrap on a piece of brown parchment paper garnished with fresh salsa and homemade avocado lime crema

Blackened Salmon Lettuce Wraps


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These easy-to-make Blackened Salmon Lettuce Wraps are the perfect recipe when you are looking for a healthy and delicious meal. Bursting with flavors and packed with protein, these salmon bites wrapped in crisp greens are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eyes. In addition, this healthier version of a salmon taco ma for a great meal prep idea.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound salmon, skinless and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 tablespoons blackening seasoning (see recipe below)
  • 6 large lettuce leaves
  • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoons red onion, minced
  • 1 small jalapeño, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

For the blackening seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, fresh cilantro, salt, pepper, lime zest, lime juice and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Mix well and set in fridge while we prepare the salmon.
  2. Add the salmon chunks to a bowl with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Gently toss to coat the salmon. Sprinkle on the blackening season. Coat each salmon bite in the seasoning blend.
  3. Heat a cast iron pan to medium-high. When hot, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and move around to fully coat the bottom of the pan. 
  4. Once the oil is hot (smoking), add the salmon chunks to the pan. Allow them to blacken and crisp up on one side prior to flipping. 
  5. Gently flip and sear the remaining sides. Remove from pan. 
  6. Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter. 
  7. Fill each lettuce leaf with 4 to 5 pieces of blackened salmon. 
  8. Top each with a spoonful of fresh salsa.
  9. Additionally, garnish with your favorite sauce. (See post for suggestions)
  10. ENJOY!
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Notes

  • choose quality salmon
  • ensure each salmon chunk is coated with the seasoning
  • use fresh toppings (crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, fresh cilantro, etc.)
  • coat heated cast iron pan with olive oil prior to blackening the salmon (the oil will act as a barrier to ensure the salmon won’t stick to the pan)
  • blacken salmon in batches if you need to (do NOT overcrowd the pan)
  • do NOT overcook the salmon (the bites will take less than 3 minutes to sear)
  • serve the lettuce wraps alone, or see post for suggested pairings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Meal Prep
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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