Blackened Salmon


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This blackened salmon recipe is not only easy, but it’s a tasty meal that is on the table in just minutes!

Salmon is packed full of healthy goodness, quick to make and incredibly delicious! Serve it on its own or add it to a salad for an easy meal.

two pieces of cooked blackened salmon topped with parsley and served with lemons

Why We Love This Recipe

Blackened salmon sounds so fancy on restaurant menus, but it’s quite easy to make at home!

This is made with a homemade blackened seasoning which means you can control the salt & heat levels!

It’s so quick to make, in about 20 minutes, you’ll have a light, flavorful entree. Serve with steamed or roasted veggies and a crisp salad!

What is Blackened Salmon?

Blackened seasoning is a Cajun-style dry rub first made by Chef Paul Prudhomme!

Blackened seasoning can be purchased in stores but I often find it too salty so I prefer to mix up my own blend. If you are purchasing blackened seasoning (or Cajun seasoning) I highly suggest ordering Andy Roo’s.

After applying it, the meat is cooked at a high temperature with oil until the seasoning mix is caramelized on the outside. This results in a “blackened” appearance, but the fish stays incredibly juicy and tender on the inside.

Salmon seasoned on a baking tray

Ingredients/Variations

FISH Salmon is used in this recipe but feel free to use any fish you have on hand. Tilapia, Mahi, Red Snapper, and Halibut will all taste amazing!

SEASONING A savory combination of spices (Cumin, paprika, onion, garlic, and chili powder) are mixed with brown sugar to create this amazing spice blend!

Feel free to adjust the spices to your preference. If you prefer a milder version, skip or add less of the paprika or chili powder. If you want to kick it up a notch, add some cayenne!

Close up of a salmon fillet seasoned with blackening seasoning

How to Make Blackened Salmon

This Blackened Salmon recipe takes no time at all!

  1. Prepare blackening seasoning and set aside.
  2. Coat both sides of salmon fillets.
  3. Pan fry fillets in hot oil 4 to 6 minutes on each side. Be careful not to overcook.

Salmon Cooking Tips

  • Preparing salmon with skin on will yield a juicer filet!
  • Salmon will change from reddish color to pink as it cooks.
  • After about 4-6 minutes per side, salmon should flake easily with a fork but still be slightly translucent in the center.
  • Thicker salmon will need closer to 6 min per side, thinner filets will need closer to 4 minutes.
  • Once the fish becomes flaky, remove it from the heat right away to avoid over-cooking.

a spatula lifting blackened salmon from cast iron

Leftovers

Blackened salmon will keep about 4 days in the refrigerator sealed in a zippered bag or airtight container.

Reheating is easy in the microwave. To refresh the flavors just add a dash of salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon!

Salmon can be frozen but will be a little soft once it is thawed, so it’s good for salads and sandwiches instead:

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two pieces of cooked blackened salmon topped with parsley and served with lemons
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Review Recipe

Blackened Salmon

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner, Entree, Fish, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Fresh salmon fillets with a blackened seasoning rub, seared until tender and flaky!

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets 6 ounce each
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Seasoning Mix
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder optional

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Instructions

  • Combine spices and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Lay out salmon fillets and coat both sides equally with the seasoning mixture.
  • In a 12-inch skillet add olive oil and set over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot add the salmon and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side or until blackened and cooked to your desired doneness. Do not overcook.

Recipe Notes

You can use a premade blackened seasoning if you prefer. 
Cook salmon just until cooked and flaky. It should be somewhat translucent in the very center. Keep in mind that as the salmon sits, it will continue cooking a little bit. Do not overcook.
Thicker salmon will need closer to 6 min per side, thinner filets will need closer to 4 minutes. After about 4-6 minutes per side, salmon should flake easily with a fork but still be slightly translucent in the center.
Once the fish becomes flaky, remove it from the heat right away to avoid over-cooking.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 347, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 372mg, Potassium: 865mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 687IU, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 2mg
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