Blackened Salmon

What do you cook when you’ve got a streaming cold, can’t smell anything and don’t have the energy to spend ages standing over the stove?  This worked for me, so if you’re a fellow sufferer you might like to try this succulent, seriously spicy way of cooking salmon. I guarantee that no matter how bunged-up you’re feeling, you will be able to taste this. It just might clear your sinuses, too.

It’s inspired by Cajun-style cooking and though you can reduce the amount of cayenne if you prefer it less poky you won’t get invited to the zydeco party.

I served it with mixed leaves and a blood orange salad. Or you might like to try an avocado and mango salsa, dressed with lime juice.

Blackened Salmon

This makes enough rub for up to four small salmon fillets.

Image of salmon, cooked


1 salmon fillet per person

1 tbsp sweet paprika

1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground white pepper

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tbsp oil and a knob of butter for frying


Mix together the herbs and spices for the rub. Pat dry the salmon fillets and coat both sides with the rub. I covered the sides too, which was a mistake, as it’s harder to tell when to turn it over (see below).

Image of salmon coated in spicy rub

Put a heavy-based frying pan on a high heat and when it’s hot, add the oil and butter. Once they’re sizzling, reduce the heat to medium and put in the fish, skin-side down. Leave it to cook, without poking or moving, until the salmon looks to be done about half way up, ie when it has turned from raw pink to cooked pink. If the spices smell as though they’re burning, reduce the heat.

Image of salmon in the pan

Turn it over and cook the other side for a couple of minutes. Slide onto a plate and serve with the side dishes of your choice.

Image of Cajun Blackened Salmon

10 thoughts on “Blackened Salmon

  1. The shot of them on the pan is perfection. We eat salmon at least once a week and I am always looking for a way to spice it up. This is on the list. Top of the list at that. I hope all goes well with you. I am guilty of not doing a lot of blog reading of late. Life gets in the way….

  2. Sorry to read that you’ve been unwell and hope you’re doing better now. This salmon is right up my alley. Easy to prepare and very flavorful. If a Cajun spice mix doesn’t clear one’s sinuses, nothing will. 🙂

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