Blackened Salmon

This blackened salmon recipe brings the spice you crave, and it's so quick and easy to make. Loaded with Cajun flavor, it's crispy and moist and cooks up in only 5 minutes!

What is Blackened Salmon?
Blackened salmon is salmon that has been dipped in or brushed with butter and seasoned with a mixture of piquant seasonings, called “Blackened Seasoning” or “Blackening Seasoning”, then seared over high heat, usually in a cast iron skillet.

The combination of butter, high heat, and seasoning develops a dark crust on the salmon that gives it its characteristic charred look and spicy flavor.

You can also achieve this on the grill or in an oven, usually with the broiler, but a cast iron skillet or very hot pan is really the best tool for blackening foods.

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika or use regular paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder use more for a spicier blend
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 4 salmon fillets 6 ounces each, skinless
  • ¼ cup butter melted

  1. Mix all of the blackening spices together in a small bowl. Make sure it is blended evenly.
  2. Brush one side of each salmon fillet generously with melted butter.
  3. Generously spoon on the blackening seasoning.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet to high heat and add the salmon fillets, buttery-seasoned side down.
  5. Cook 3-5 minutes to blacken.
  6. Brush or drizzle on the remaining butter, then generously add more seasoning.
  7. Flip the salmon and cook another 2-3 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flaky.
  8. Serve!

Recipe Notes
  • Store any extra blackening seasoning in airtight containers and use as needed.
  • Servings: 4

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