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Angled view of blackened salmon on a white plate. The corner of the salmon has been cut into with a fork.

Blackened Salmon

Perfectly flaky blackened salmon is an easy and delicious way to spice up a fish dinner. A blend of savory spices coat tender salmon fillets as they're pan-seared in butter to develop a beautiful crust. This dish is a great source of filling protein, healthy fats, and incredible flavors.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun, Creole, Seafood, Southern
Keyword pan seared, seafood, spicy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 fillets
Calories 248kcal


  • Small bowl
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Tongs


For the Seasoning

For the Salmon

  • 1 pound salmon cut into 4 fillets, patted dry
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ of one lemon sliced


  • Combine all spices together in small bowl. Whisk or stir to evenly distribute.
    Blackened seasoning blend in large glass bowl
  • Liberally coat flesh of salmon fillets with spice mixture, gently massaging spices into salmon to ensure they stick.
    Spice rubbed salmon filets on a cutting board
  • Melt butter in cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add seasoned salmon fillets to skillet, spice-side down. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, then flip and squeeze lemon juice onto flesh of fillets. Cook skin-side down 2 to 3 minutes, depending on thickness of fillets.
    Blackened salmon filets in cast iron skillet


  • Make it Dairy Free: Use dairy free butter.
  • Make it Paleo: Use ghee instead of butter, and make sure your spices don't include any sugars or non-paleo additives.
Recipe yields 4 servings. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.


Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 766IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 2g