Cajun Blackened Salmon is a delicious, quick and easy, hugely flavorful, mildly spicy salmon filet that can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.
This Cajun Blackened Salmon recipe post features:
- A delicious, quick, and easy recipe for Cajun Blackened Salmon.
- A discussion of the different cooking methods for Cajun Blackened Salmon
- A link to a recommended homemade Cajun Blackening Seasoning mix recipe.
- A description of the salmon appearance when the fish is done.
- Serving suggestions of healthy Cajun side dishes to serve with the salmon.
- Recipe ideas for other Cajun Blackened dishes.
Cooking Methods for salmon:
What is the best way to cook salmon? Bake, Broil, Grill, Fry, or Pan Sear? They each have their benefits, and pros and cons.
- Baking salmon is great because it is quick and easy no fuss method.
- Broiling salmon is another delicious cooking method and gives it a nice crisp layer on top.
- Grilling salmon is a healthy preparation and gives the salmon great flavor.
- Pan Searing sears the skin and can give the fish a nice crunch.
- Deep Frying salmon makes a delicious crispy fish but is the most unhealthy method.
For this recipe, I am combining two cooking methods. First after seasoning the salmon with the Cajun Blackening Seasoning Mix, it is pan seared in a hot skillet in oil. This sears the seasoning and makes it “blackened” to give it that color. Next, because I had thick filets and I wanted them to cook evenly all the way through, I placed the salmon in an oven-safe skillet (or if your skillet is not oven-safe, move the fish to an oven-safe foil-covered baking dish) and bake it to let it finish cooking.
Can I make my own Cajun Blackening Seasoning?
Yes! In fact, I recommend making your own instead of buying the packaged mix. First, you can adjust the level of heat to your taste preference, and adjust other ingredients as well. For example, I think packaged cajun seasoning mixes are much too salty. So I cut way back on the salt when I make my own. However, you can also increase or decrease the garlic powder, or increase or decrease the cayenne to either increase or decrease the heat level. Be sure to check out my Cajun Blackening Seasoning Mix for an easy recipe using spices you likely already have in your pantry.
How Do You Know When the Salmon is Cooked?
Your salmon filet is done when it flakes when it turns opaque, and it flakes you stick it with a fork.
What can I serve with the Cajun Blackened Salmon?
The real answer is anything you want. However, here are a couple of my serving suggestions for side dishes to round out your cajun meal.
See below for a printable version of the recipe for the Cajun Blackened Salmon.
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound boneless wild salmon fillets with skin on
- 2 Tablespoons Cajun Blackening Seasoning
- Over medium high heat in a large hot skillet, heat oil.
- Sprinkle the salmon filets with the Cajun Blackening Seasoning.
- Add the salmon, seasoned side down (skin side up) for about 3 or 4 minutes. Turn salmon.
- If the skillet is oven proof, place the skillet in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- If the skillet is not oven proof, place the salmon in a foil-lined baking dish and bake at 350 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes.
Don’t have Cajun Blackening Seasoning? Make your own with this recipe.
If you like this Cajun Blackened Salmon, then you will love my Cajun Blackened Chicken as well.
For more Cajun seafood, try my Cajun Blackened Catfish!