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Easy Blackened Salmon Recipe

Prep: 5 min
Cook: 15 min
Total: 20 min


  • 10 oz center cut salmon
    • wild is preferred
  • spray olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
    • Note: add more/less depending on your heat tolerance
  • 2 teaspoons butter


Step 1

Pat filets dry with a paper towel, then spray salmon with oil.

Step 2

Rub the spice mix all over the salmon, even the skin.  Do not worry if it looks clumpy, just spread it out as best as possible.

Step 3

Set a carbon steel or cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat.  Once hot add butter and allow to melt and sizzle.

Step 4

Place the salmon skin-side up in the skillet so the top sears.  Sear for 3 – 5 minutes, or until blackened marks appear and the salmon can easily be lifted off the skillet.

Flip it over and cook it the rest of the way, about 6 – 8 minutes.

Careful not to overcook the salmon – when a white substance, albumin, seeps out the side it means the salmon is ready and overcooked.

Step 5

Remove from the skillet and enjoy!  Easy Blackened Salmon Recipe

Step 6

I like to flake my salmon and add it to jasmine rice, salads, and even soups!

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