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Blackened salmon filets on a wooden plank.

Blackened Salmon (How-to + recipe)

  • Author: Maggie
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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


  1. Combine all the spices into a small bowl or glass dish. Mix to combine.
  2. 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. 
  3. Pour oil into a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet over medium/high heat. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: frying, sautéing
  • Cuisine: cajun, creole

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