Blackened Salmon Recipe
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5 from 1 vote

Blackened Salmon Recipe

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, recipe, salmon, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 368kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist



  • 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


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


Store any extra blackening seasoning in airtight containers and use as needed.


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 964mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 2665IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2.7mg