My favorite blackened salmon recipe is easy to make in 20 minutes and features a perfectly-blackened, flavorful, crispy crust.
- 4 salmon filets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 large lemon, cut into four wedges
Blackened Seasoning Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Mix the blackening seasoning. Combine all of the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until evenly combined.
- Season the salmon. Brush the tops of the salmon filets evenly with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture (be sure to use all of it) evenly on the tops of the filets and gently pat it down to adhere.
- Cook. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a cast iron skillet or non-stick sauté pan over medium heat until hot. Add the salmon filets seasoning-side-down and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until a charred blackened crust has formed. (Feel free to lift up the corner of a filet to check the doneness of the blackened crust.) Carefully flip the filets over and continue cooking for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until the salmon reaches your desired level of doneness. (The FDA recommends salmon be cooked to 145°F.)
- Serve. Serve the salmon immediately with lemon wedges for drizzling.