Elevating the culinary experience of salmon to new heights by trying the blackened salmon which offers a tantalizing twist on the seafood classic.

Similar to pan-seared salmon, the fish comes out flaky and delicious. However, it differs because of its delectable crispy crust, achieved through a skillful coating of flavorful seasonings. This dish promises a unique and unforgettable dining adventure.

Blackened salmon fillets arranged next to each other on a plate.

Blackened salmon is a delicious seafood dish that features a filet of salmon coated in a flavorful spice rub. Much like with our grilled salmon, a lot of flavor comes from the charring process.

The salmon is seared in a hot skillet to create a crispy outside while keeping the inside tender and moist resulting in a smoky, slightly spicy flavor that perfectly completets the taste of the salmon. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make. The recipe comes together in about 20 minutes, making it the perfect meal for busy weeknight dinners. 
  • So flavorful. The blackened spice rub adds so much flavor to the classic salmon. 
  • Crispy texture. Perfect crispiness on the outside, tender moistness on the inside- what better pairing is there when it comes to salmon?
  • Versatile. You can pair blackened salmon with a variety of sides, from rice to vegetables or a fresh salad, allowing you to customize the meal to your liking.
An image displaying all the ingredients for blackened salmon.

Ingredients for Blackened Salmon

The ingredients to make the perfect, restaurant-style blackened salmon. 

  • Salmon – rich in omega-3s, potassium, and fatty acids, salmon is a staple meal in many homes.
  • Spices – the perfect blend of spice for the perfect crisp exterior consists of paprika, garlic and onion powder, Italian seasoning, and salt.
  • Lemon/Lime – add some zest to your salmon.

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Spice rub: Easily purchase a prepackaged spice rub or even use our chicken seasoning blend or cajun seasoning.
  • Cooking: Instead of using a skillet, try cooking the salmon on the grill for a smokier flavor.
  • Heat levels: Adjust the spice level of your salmon by experimenting with the amount of paprika you add.

How to Make Blackened Salmon

This salmon comes together in just 20 minutes so be sure to get your side dish started!

A small bowl containing all the spices for making blackened salmon.

Step 1 – Prepare rub: Mix the ground paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and salt in a bowl.

Salmon fillets arranged next to each other, coated in blackening seasoning.

Step 2 – Prep the salmon: Pat the salmon dry using paper towels. Coat both sides of the salmon with the spice rub. 

Salmon fillets cooking in a cast iron pan.

Step 3 – Cook: Over high heat, melt oil and butter, coating the pan evenly. Add the fillet of salmon, cooking for 2-3 minutes per side, until a dark crust is formed.

Finished salmon fillets, arranged in a plate, topped with parsley.

Step 4 – Serve: Remove the salmon from the stove and allow it to rest for a few minutes. Serve with your desired sides. 

Serving Suggestions

The salmon may be served so many different sides.

Store & Reheat

  • Storage. Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  • Reheat. The best way to reheat salmon without drying it out is using an oven, but a stove can be used. Oven: Preheat to 275°F, wrap salmon in foil, and warm in the oven for 15 minutes. Skillet: Gently heat the salmon on medium-high heat, until the salmon is just heated through.
  • Freeze. Cool completely and store in a sealed, airtight container for up to 3 months.
Three salmon fillets on a plate.

Recipe FAQs

Is blackened salmon burnt?

Blackened Salmon is not burnt. The black coloring comes from the crispy crust of the spice rub. 

Can you blacken salmon without a cast-iron skillet? 

You can use a heavy-bottomed skillet and oil or butter to cook your salmon. 

What is the difference between grilling and blackening salmon?

With grilling, the spices you use to season are up to you, but with blackened salmon, spices are needed to create the crispy exterior of the salmon.

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Easy Blackened Salmon Recipe

Author: Valentina
Finished blackened salmon fillet arranged next to each other.
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Savor the spicy and smoky delight of blackened salmon – a mouthwatering dish that combines bold flavors with tender, flaky fish. It's a delicious, healthy option packed with omega-3 goodness. Taste the perfect balance of heat and tenderness in every bite.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 fillets



  • In a small bowl, combine the paprika, salt, garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning to create the blackening spice rub.
  • Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels, then generously coat both sides of each fillet with the spice rub, pressing it into the flesh for maximum flavor.
  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until it’s hot. Add the oil and butter, swirling to coat the pan evenly.
  • Carefully place the seasoned salmon fillets into the hot skillet, skin-side down. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until the spice rub forms a dark, flavorful crust.
  • Carefully flip the salmon fillets using a spatula and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side, or until the salmon is cooked to your desired level of doneness. The flesh should be opaque and flake easily with a fork.
  • Remove the blackened salmon from the skillet and let it rest for a minute or two.
  • Serve the blackened salmon hot with a squeeze of lemon or lime on top along with your choice of side dishes, such as rice, vegetables, or a fresh salad.


  • Storage: Store leftover salmon refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat: You can reheat in the oven to 275°F to get the crispy crust again or on a skillet over low heat until warmed. 
  • Skillet: A cast-iron pan will give the best results, but you can still achieve a great result with a heavy bottom skillet. 


358kcal Calories1g Carbs34g Protein24g Fat6g Saturated Fat7g Polyunsaturated Fat9g Monounsaturated Fat0.3g Trans Fat109mg Cholesterol411mg Sodium857mg Potassium0.4g Fiber0.1g Sugar494IU Vitamin A0.5mg Vitamin C29mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Blackened Salmon Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 411mg18%
Potassium 857mg24%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 494IU10%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)