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A pan of blackened salmon fillets garnished with lemon and parsley.

Blackened Salmon

This blackened salmon is fresh salmon fillets coated in butter and a homemade seasoning blend, then seared to create a dark crust. The most delicious and flavorful salmon that takes minutes to prepare and always gets rave reviews.
Course Main
Cuisine Cajun
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 364kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 salmon fillets about 1 1/4 lbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • parsley sprigs and lemon wedges for garnish


  • Place the smoked paprika, sweet paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, black pepper, thyme, oregano, basil and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Brush the melted butter all over the top of the salmon fillets. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the top of the salmon, using your hands to press the spices into the fish.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Brush the skillet with vegetable oil. Place the salmon in the skillet and cook skin side up for 3-4 minutes or until a dark brown crust forms.
  • Carefully flip the salmon. Reduce the heat to medium high and cook for an additional 7-8 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and is opaque.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, then serve garnished with lemon wedges and parsley sprigs.



Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1821IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg