Cajun Blackened Salmon Recipe

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Cajun Blackened Salmon Recipe

Cajun blackened salmon recipe is made by rubbing the salmon with a special spice rub and then cooking on a frying pan in butter until blackened.  The degree of how much you want to blacken it is up to you – on the picture above it’s blackened just a little bit, but I’ve seen people blackened it to the point where the whole side is completely charred.  The recipe is the same – to blacken the salmon even more you can just cook it longer.

I’ve heard the the blackened salmon recipe originated by accident – the cook in the restaurant accidently burned the fish, but still served it in a crunch.  People loved this fish so much that it was put on a restaurant menu and was called “blackened” :)

This blackened Cajun salmon recipe uses a spice rub made from scratch by mixing various spices.   When you make this spice rub, just store the leftover spice in an air-tight jar so you can use it next time when you make this recipe again.  Or instead of mixing the spices yourself, you can just use ready-made Cajun seasoning spice for the blackened salmon – it will also taste really good!

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Cajun Blackened Salmon Recipe

This delicious spicy salmon is rubbed with a homemade spice mixed, then pan-fried in butter for blackened perfection!
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Fish
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets
  • 4 tbsp 1/2 stick butter


  • Mix all the spices to make a spice rub.
  • Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Rub the salmon liberally with the spice rub.
  • Put the salmon in a frying pan and cook for 4 minutes on each side (or until it blackens to your liking).
  • When the salmon is cooked through (flakes easily with the fork), remove from heat and serve.
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Enjoy this yummy blackened salmon!  Also, check out Cajun dirty rice recipe, Cajun whitefish recipe and Cajun jambalaya recipe.

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