Ring in the New Year with a Whole Roasted Salmon Taco Party

January 4, 2020

So you’ve got one last party to host. But frankly, you’re already too tired to bust out the fine china. Here’s a recipe that works for a lazy yet presentable dinner party: whole-roasted salmon tacos. It ticks off all the boxes: easy (and quick) to make, large enough to feed a crowd, and needs little to no prep on your part. And as a bonus—you can use paper plates for this one.


This delicious DIY-style party fare is gochujang-heavy as we’ve found that the Korean spicy sauce makes a great earthy rub for salmon. (Though, this recipe works for just about any fish, just as long as it’s fatty.) It has a nice variety of textures and flavors—all sorts of bright, crunchy, rustic, etc. You can assemble your tacos the way you want, but if you need a cheat sheet, we did it tortilla, sauce, salmon, veggies, then sesame seeds.

Whole-Roasted Salmon Tacos


  • Serves: 6-8 people
  • Active time: 45 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Special tools: Parchment paper


Quick Pickled Veggies

  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

Spicy Aioli

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup gochujang
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

Gochujang Rub

  • ¼ cup gochujang
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 side salmon, about 1kg


  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ cup scallions, sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • Limes, for serving
  • 12 tortillas, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place carrots and cucumbers in a bowl.
  4. Add the rice wine vinegar then massage into the vegetables.
  5. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  6. For the spicy aioli, whisk together mayonnaise, gochujang, and sesame oil until well combined.
  7. Set aside.
  8. In a bowl, whisk gochujang, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and sesame oil to make the gochujang rub.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Place salmon on prepared baking sheet.
  11. Rub the gochujang rub over the salmon then place in the preheated oven.
  12. Roast salmon until tender, 15-20 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and set on a large platter.
  14. Serve roasted salmon with bowls of the quick pickled vegetables, spicy aioli, sesame seeds, scallions, cilantro, limes, and tortillas.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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