Blackened Salmon Recipe – Flavorful salmon recipe made with a simple homemade blackened seasoning seared hot in a skillet and finished with fresh lemon juice. This salmon recipe is a super easy and healthy meal packed with nutrients.
Blackened Salmon is a super healthy and delicious dinner or lunch recipe. Done in under 15 minutes, you’ll get dinner on the table fast! We served our salmon with a fresh kale caesar salad. This recipe will serve 4 people, giving each person a generous portion.
Serve blackened salmon over pasta, steamed rice, on tacos, or with your favorite veggie side dishes. I will link a few of my favorite side dishes to pair with salmon for you below.
Store salmon leftovers in your fridge for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container. Simply reheat for about 30 seconds in the microwave or over low heat in a skillet on your stove.
WHAT IS BLACKENED SALMON?
Blackened Salmon is made by generously seasoning salmon and then searing it hot and fast in a skillet. Cooking the salmon super hot gives it a perfectly darkened crust with an amazing flavor. The salmon will remain flakey, tender and delicious.
Salmon: You’ll need four 6oz skinless salmon filets for this recipe.
Blackened Seasonings: Paprika, Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cumin, Cayenne Pepper.
Oil: You can use avocado, olive, canola or vegetable oil. You will use the oil to sear the salmon and to prevent the salmon from sticking to your skillet.
Lemon Juice: Fresh squeezed lemon juice is best in this recipe. You will use it on the salmon after it is done cooking. Lemon adds a super fresh and delicious flavor.
HOW TO MAKE BLACKENED SEASONING:
Blackened seasoning has a slightly smokey and spicy flavor that is absolutely delicious! To make the seasoning combine paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne pepper. Rub this seasoning all over the salmon until fully coated. Then, it’s ready to cook!
DOES BLACKENED SALMON TASTE BURNT?
Blackened salmon does not mean burnt salmon nor does it taste burnt. Actually, it’s extremely delicious!! Cooking the salmon over high heat with lots of seasonings gives the salmon a really nice dark crust. That crust gives the salmon tons of flavor and is melt in your mouth delicious.
HOW TO MAKE BLACKENED SALMON:
In a small bowl, combine blackened seasoning. Rub seasoning all over the salmon generously.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is nice and hot, carefully add salmon.
Cook the salmon for about 3-4 minutes until the bottom is blackened(not burnt, see photo). Flip salmon over and cook for another 3-4 minutes until blackened. The salmon should be cooked through to an internal temperature of about 125 degrees.
When done, remove salmon from skillet. Squeeze a little lemon juice over cooked salmon.
Serve blackened salmon with your favorite side dishes, on a salad or on tacos!
*Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
*You can also use a cast iron skillet.
TOOLS TO HAVE ON HAND FOR THIS RECIPE:
- Nonstick Skillet – To cook the salmon in. You can also use a cast iron skillet or cook on your grill.
- Mixing Bowl – For mixing the blackened salmon seasoning.
- Spatula – To flip salmon over while cooking. You can also use tongs if thats easier for you.
- Measuring Cups + Spoons – To properly measure all of your ingredients.
Side Dishes to serve with salmon:
Simple Caesar Salad – My quick and easy caesar salad is made with homemade dressing, crunchy romaine, croutons and freshly shaved parmesan cheese.
Broccoli Orzo – Easy orzo recipe tossed with broccoli, sauteed onions, garlic and parmesan cheese. Broccoli orzo has become one of my favorite easy dinner side dish recipes.
Balsamic Glazed Baked Asparagus – Delicious and easy oven baked asparagus finished with a mouthwatering balsamic glaze. Serve balsamic asparagus with your favorite main courses.
Creamy Asian Cucumber Salad – Thinly sliced cucumber and red onion tossed in a delicious creamy peanut dressing. This is one of my all time favorite salads!
More recipes like Blackened Salmon you’ll love:
Blackened Chicken Recipe – Delicious juicy pieces of chicken seared hot in a skillet with paprika, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper. Serve on tacos, in a burritos or on a salad!
Orange Teriyaki Salmon – Delicious easy baked salmon in a mouthwatering orange teriyaki glaze finished with fresh chopped green onion and sesame seeds.
- 4 6 oz. Salmon Filets
- 1/2 tbsp Oil
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 tbsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- In a small bowl, combine blackened seasoning. Rub seasoning all over the salmon generously.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is nice and hot, carefully add salmon.
- Cook the salmon for about 3-4 minutes until the bottom is blackened(not burnt, see photo). Flip salmon over and cook for another 3-4 minutes until blackened. The salmon should be cooked through to an internal temperature of about 125 degrees.
- When done, remove salmon from skillet. Squeeze a little lemon juice over cooked salmon.
- Serve blackened salmon with your favorite side dishes, on a salad or on tacos!