Blackened Salmon (20 minute meal)

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!

Prepare blackening seasoning and set aside.
Coat both sides of salmon fillets.
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:

Leftover blackened salmon is great as a salad topper or tucked into a wrap!
Or add leftover salmon to a seafood chowder!
Use in baked lemon butter salmon pasta!

Delicious Salmon Recipes

Baked Salmon Fillets – with a citrus marinade
Avocado Salmon Salad – fresh & light
Easy Salmon Patties – 10 minute cook time
Garlic Butter Baked Salmon – cooked in foil
Baked Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta – ready in 30 minutes

Did you try this Blackened Salmon? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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

Blackened Salmon

Fresh salmon fillets with a blackened seasoning rub, seared until tender and flaky!

Course Dinner, Entree, Fish, Lunch, Main CourseCuisine American

Prep Time 10 minutesCook Time 10 minutesTotal Time 20 minutes

Servings 4 servings
Calories 347
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients4 salmon fillets 6 ounce each3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oilSeasoning Mix1 teaspoon paprika1 teaspoon smoked paprika1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon dark brown sugar½ teaspoon kosher salt or ¼ teaspoon table salt½ teaspoon dried oregano½ teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon onion powder½ teaspoon chili powder¼ teaspoon cayenne powder optional
InstructionsCombine 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.

NotesYou 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.
NutritionCalories: 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
Blackened salmon served with asparagus with writing
Blackened Salmon on a plate with writing
Two blackened salmon fillets on a plate with writing
Blackened salmon fillets on a plate with writing

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