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This is the best blackened salmon recipe! It is ready in only 6 minutes and so delicious.

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Best Blackened Salmon Recipe

I’m not going to lie to you, cooking fish at home used to scare me…. but not anymore. I have become a huge fish fan and this easy blackened salmon is my family’s all time favorite.

I have a feeling it might soon become a favorite of your family too!

Blackened salmon is so easy!

Dinner is ready in less than 10 minutes, so you can enjoy this healthy recipe even on the busiest nights. Talk about a win-win, right? It’s so easy to make and we use this Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe.



and Tasty….

It’s the perfect recipe for days you have very little time to cook. The bold spice flavor is so delicious!

photo of cooked blackened salmon

Your family will love this!

If you are scared of cooking fish at home, don’t be. Try this super simple fish recipe with your family and you will be surprised how wonderful it is.

It cooks very quickly.

What does blackened mean?

This just means cooking at a high temperature with blackened seasoning.

What Are Blackening Spices?

These spices include paprika, salt, parsley, onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and oregano. It all comes together for the best seasoning!

It’s so easy to make and we use this Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe.

It only takes a few minutes to make and I think it’s better than store bought. Plus, it will save you money too!


photo of ingredients: oil, blackened seasoning, salmon

How to make blackened salmon:

  • I like to put the salmon on a plate to get it ready. Start by brushing the salmon with vegetable oil.
photo of salmon with oil being brushed on before cooking
  • Second, grab a spoon and put the homemade blackened seasoning over the fish and spread around so that it is all covered. I normally use about ½ tablespoon per fish but you add what you prefer. Just keep in mind the more you use, the spicier it will be and the less you use the milder it will be.
photo of salmon with spices being brushed on before cooking
  • Now, flip the fish over and season the other side.
  • Go ahead and heat up a cast iron skillet so it is really hot. I personally love using this cast iron griddle that I can place right on top of my stove and it gives me a large cooking space. Plus I can use this on my grill outside.
  • Finally, put the salmon on the hot cast iron pan and let it cook for a couple of minutes. It does not take long and usually only about 3 minutes. Make sure to time it and don’t move the fish, so it can get that beautiful blackened crust on it. This is important!
  • Once that side is finished, flip and cook another 2-3 minutes until done.
  • Remove the salmon and let it cool a a few minutes. This will be so tender and tastes amazing!
photo of blackened salmon with lemon wedges

Ways to use blackened salmon:

  • Salad- Make a salad with your favorite toppings and put the salmon on top.
  • Tacos- Salmon tacos are the best!
  • Salmon Cakes – Chop up leftovers and make salmon cakes. This is similar to crab cakes and you just need to add breading and an egg until it is the right consistency. Fry until golden brown over medium heat.
  • Sandwich- Enjoy on a hamburger bun and add lettuce and tomato. This makes a great lunch the next day.

Try this Grilled Blackened Salmon recipe tonight.

We all love it and it’s so quick to prepare. It is perfect for busy days. You can have dinner on the table in just 6 minutes!

It is the best salmon recipe!

I’m serious. You will love this amazing recipe. I cannot wait for you to try it.

What is good to serve with blackened salmon?

We love a microwave baked potato and it is so quick and simple!

A few side dishes to serve with the best salmon recipe ever:

Turn this easy grilled blackened salmon recipe into a complete meal ready in less time than it takes to get take out!

Here are 5 recipes that you could serve with this cast iron skillet salmon to complete the meal. These blackened salmon sides are delicious.

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Try cast iron salmon recipe!

This recipe does not disappoint. Even my family members that are not big fish eaters enjoyed this.

It’s the perfect meal to make when you are short on time but need dinner in a hurry. I try to keep a few of these easy recipes on hand.

Between work and school and activities, life is busy. Dinner time does not have to get pushed to the back burner with easy and delicious recipes like this one!

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The Best Blackened Salmon Recipe

5 from 8 votes
You are going to love this easy baked blackened salmon recipe.This is the best blackened salmon recipe. It is the best way to cook salmon!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Dinner, Fish, Main Course
Calories 302
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 4 Salmon Filets
  • 2 Tbsp blackening seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil (divided)


  • Place the salmon on a plate. Rub 1 tbsp of the vegetable oil onto both sides of the salmon filets.
  • Spoon the blacken seasoning over the fish and spread around (both sides_. I use about ½ tablespoon per filet. You can adjust the amount based on your preference. The more you use, the spicier it will be and the less you use, the milder it will be.
  • Heat the remaining vegetable oil in cast iron skillet over high heat.
  • Place salmon on the hot cast iron pan and let it cook for 3 minutes. Time it and don’t move the fish, so it can get that beautiful blackened crust on it.
  • Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Remove to a separate plate and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate leftovers in an air tight container for up to 4 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 302kcal, Protein 34g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 94mg, Sodium 608mg, Potassium 833mg, Vitamin A 68IU, Calcium 20mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. best-blackened-salmon-recipe/ & easy-baked-tilapia-recipe
    you said you buy at sams club, is it just the sams brand or something else/flavored you buy?
    also, can I bake this salmon instead of stove?


  2. That’s not blackened salmon, that’s burnt! Lol. You can tell it’s over cooked from the pictures. Properly cooked salmon “flakes”. Yours “pulled” apart, because it was too tough. Normally you touch it with tour fork and it falls apart if cooked properly. Blackened salmon is referring to the spicy seasoning, not the color. Properly cooked it will have a warm golden brown color.

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this and it is so good. I use the leftover salmon to add to my wedge salad I serve the next day. Blackened salmon takes the salad to the nest level, oh so good.