This post may contain affiliate links (disclosure).
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!
- 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.