This blackened salmon recipe explains how to make blackened salmon and what sides pair well with it. This recipe comes together in 15 minutes and is a great weeknight dinner meal!
We are nearly through with salmon season and what better way to finish it than with a blackened salmon recipe. I have been eating salmon since I was in college. My dad doesn’t care for salmon all that much, but we did eat a lot of walleye growing up. Blackened salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon and you can adjust the spices based on how “blackened” you want it.
It is no surprise how good salmon is for you! It is full of omega 3 fatty acids and protein. But did you know that it also has SO much vitamin D!? Great to get in some vitamin D for the winter months ahead. It is also high in vitamin B12, which is an antioxidant.
Other health benefits of salmon include:
- Joint health
- Decreased risk of cancer
- Eye health
- Improved cognition
- Improved mood
- Heart health benefits
What is Blackened Salmon?
Blackened salmon is a style of cooking with spices over high heat. This method is traditionally done on the stovetop in a frying pan with butter. However, for this recipe we will be using avocado oil or another high heat cooking oil.
What You Will Need
You will need a pan, preferably nonstick. A seasoned cast iron skillet will work here too. I prefer to use avocado oil for cooking at high heat because it has a higher melting point than other oils. This means that the fat in the oil will not become saturated as quickly as other oils. If you do not have avocado oil, grapeseed, walnut, olive or canola oil will still get the job done.
I used a filet of salmon with the skin-on. Leaving the skin on makes the salmon skin get nice and crispy. I always peel or cut it away before eating though. If you buy a filet with the skin-off it makes it a little easier.
How to Cook Blackened Salmon
To cook blackened salmon you will need a small dish to make up the blackening spice blend. Once you have the spice blend mixed. Pat the salmon dry and sprinkle the seasoning over one side of the salmon filet. If you have a skin-on piece of salmon it will be the flesh side.
First, pour the oil into the frying pan and set the heat to medium/high. Once the oil is hot, add the salmon, flesh or spice side down. Sear for two minutes and flip the salmon filet over and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
Some people like a medium-done piece of salmon. Others like it fully cooked through, so if you have a meat thermometer make sure the internal temperature reaches 145F.
What Sides go with Blackened Salmon?
The possibilities are endless here. Most blackened seasoning goes well with tropical flavors, such as pineapple or creole blends. I love to do a simple potato recipe and a roasted green vegetable.
Some ideas might include:
- Cauliflower mash with roasted asparagus
- Cajun Tacos
- Brown rice/quinoa with roasted broccoli or green beans
What Wines go with Blackened Salmon?
Most seafood is paired with white wines. Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are great red wine pairings if you are partial to reds.Print
This blackened salmon recipe explains how to make blackened salmon and what sides to pair it with! This recipe comes together in 15 minutes and is a great weeknight dinner meal.
- 12–16 ounces salmon filet
- 2 tbsp oil (avocado is best, other cooking oils will work)
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Combine all the spices into a small bowl or glass dish. Mix to combine.
- Pat salmon dry and rub spice blend onto one side of the salmon. If you are using a skin-on filet, rub the spice onto the flesh side.
- Pour oil into a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet over medium/high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, place the salmon, seasoned side down onto the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on this side, then flip over.
- Cooking time might vary depending on thickness of salmon and how well you like your salmon cooked. I like mine fully cooked, so it was cooked 2 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other side until no longer pink in the middle.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately.
If you have a meat thermometer, cook until internal temperature reaches 145F.
Nutrition was calculated using 12 ounces of salmon.
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