This blackened salmon recipe proves a delicious seafood dinner is easier than you think to make. With a quick prep and no cutting required, this dish is the perfect recipe when you are short on time or if you are new to cooking.
A lot of people find fish really intimidating to make.
Well, friends, let’s take a deep breath and get ready to make the easiest salmon recipe ever.
It’s my go to when we want to feel fancy and special without doing tons of work since all it needs me to do is mix some spices together.
The result is an impressive, bold main course that you won’t believe was this effortless.
What does blackened mean?
When you blacken food, you aren’t cooking it until it is burned and black from over cooking.
Blackening refers to a cooking technique where you dredge the food- in this case salmon filets- in melted butter and a combination of spices.
Then you cook the well seasoned fish over high heat.
The spice mix will deepen in color, creating a blackened look without burning.
People often associate this food with Cajun cooking.
To make this you’ll need:
- Canola oil– Use canola oil because of the higher smoke point.
- Spices– A combination of smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
- Butter– Melted.
- Salmon– I prefer using filets.
- Garnish (optional)– Fresh parsley and lemon slices.
How to Make
To make this, start by heating the oil over medium high heat in a large pan.
While the oil heats, stir together the smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
Set aside the spice mix.
Then, pour melted butter over salmon filets and sprinkle all the seasoning on top.
Once you’ve seasoned the salmon, add salmon to the hot pan and cook 4-5 minutes each side, or until salmon is opaque and cooked through.
Serve with lemon and fresh parsley, if desired.
How to Serve
Blackened salmon pairs really well with rice and your favorite steamed or roasted veggies.
I also love using this as a protein for big salads.
It also makes delicious tacos and can be paired with corn or flour tortillas.
Seafood doesn’t keep well for long after you cook it.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Other Salmon Recipes
This blackened salmon recipe is one of the easiest ways to enjoy seafood at home. Make it today and enjoy!
Looking for other salmon recipes? Try these:
- Baked Buttery Lemon Pepper Salmon
- Salmon Salad Spread
- Dijon Mustard Salmon
- Lemon & Herb Grilled Salmon Kabobs
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Blackened Salmon Recipe
- 2-3 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or more if you want really spicy
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 4 salmon filets
- Fresh parsley and lemon for garnish optional
- In a large pan, heat oil over medium high while you prepare the fish
- In a small bowl stir together the smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; set aside
- Pour melted butter over salmon filets, then sprinkle all the seasoning on top of salmon
- Add salmon to hot pan and cook 4-5 minutes each side, or until salmon is opaque/cooked through
- Serve with lemon and fresh parsley, if desired.