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This Blackened Salmon recipe is quickly cooked on the stovetop and then baked in the oven until perfectly flaky and done. Coated in a flavorful seasoning rub and drizzled with lime juice, this blackened salmon in the oven is perfect for seafood salads, tacos, and pasta!

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This recipe for blackened Salmon is so easy to make for a nutritious meal at home. Coated with a spice mixture of onion powder, smoked paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and more, this recipe is filled with bright savory flavors and perfect for salmon tacos, alfredo, other types of pasta, salmon salads, etc.

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this gluten-free salmon recipe is an ideal dish for whenever you want lean protein and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids, for lunch or dinner. Tastes great served with cauliflower rice or regular rice, spinach apple salad, garlic-herbed red potatoes, and simple oven-roasted veggies.

two salmon fillets in skillet with limes

Recipe Summary

  • Versatile: Use almost any kind of protein you would like for this recipe! You can also finish the blackened salmon in the air fryer rather than the oven. The seasoning blend is easy to customize.
  • Low Carb: This recipe is great for those who are looking for a low-carb salmon recipe! It is packed with healthy fats and omega-3s, protein, and also low in fat according to Healthline
  • Easy to Make: This recipe is great for cooks who are just starting out! Season the salmon and cook until done!
  • Family-Friendly: The whole family, including kids, will enjoy this flavorful salmon recipe. It’s filled with so much flavor!
two salmon fillets in skillet

INGREDIENTS you will need

  • Seasonings: Onion Powder, garlic powder, oregano, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Olive Oil– Silky smooth olive oil is our preferred oil because it has a nice flavor, but any kind of cooking oil will work.
  • Salmon Fillets– Fresh, five-ounce salmon fillets are cooked until perfectly tender and filled with juicy savory flavors. I like to use skinless.
  • Limes– Two limes are used for this recipe to make sure to have those ready to use.
salmon fillets, lime, oil, salt, pepper, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika in bowls for recipe

HOW TO MAKE BLACKENED SALMON

  • Coat the salmon with the seasoning: First, in a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, onion garlic powder, oregano, and smoked paprika. Next, coat the fresh salmon fillets with a half tablespoon of the oil, then rub the seasoning mix all over the salmon making sure to coat both sides of the fish.
  • Blacken the salmon: Heat the rest of the olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the salmon fillets for a couple minutes on each side until blackened.
  • Bake in the oven: Sprinkle lime juice over the salmon and bake the salmon in the oven for eight to ten minutes until flaky.
  • Serve with lime: Serve the cooked salmon with fresh lime wedges and enjoy with your favorite side dishes!
seasoning coating salmon fillets
blackened salmon in skillet

Recipe Notes, Tips, and Substitutions

  • You can make different kinds of seafood such as blackened mahi mahi, tuna, swordfish, shrimp, redfish, blackened catfish, etc.
  • Add some cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix for spice.
  • Make grilled blackened salmon rather than baked salmon. Want to just cook it on a skillet on your stovetop go right ahead.
  • Use skin-on or skinless salmon filets
  • Serve the salmon with cream sauce or veggies like grilled asparagus or sauteed green beans.
salmon in skillet with lime and oil

Frequently Asked Questions

Is blackened salmon bad for you?

Blackened salmon is a great recipe that is rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and more!

Why is it called blackened salmon?

The nice charred finish on the cooked salmon after putting it on the hot skillet is referred to as “blackened”.

Can you blacken fish without a cast-iron skillet?

If you do not have a cast-iron skillet, you can still blacken fish with a heavy-bottomed pan and plenty of oil or butter.

Storing and Reheating

  • Storing: if you have any leftovers, place them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Reheating: You can reheat leftovers in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until it is heated through. You may wrap the leftover salmon an foil wrap and place it in a preheated oven for 5-6 minutes.
two salmon fillets in skillet with oil, seasoning, and lime

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4.86 from 7 votes

Blackened Salmon

By: Rena
Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
top view two pan cooked salmon filet with lime slices
This Blackened Salmon recipe is quickly cooked on the stovetop and then baked in the oven until perfectly flaky and done.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces salmon fillets, divided, 5 ounces each, skinless
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspono oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 limes, one squeezed, the other quartered

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine all the seasonings.
  • Coat the salmon fillets with ½ tablespoon of oil, then rub with the seasoning mix all over.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Cook the salmon fillets for around 2 minutes per side, or until blackened.
  • Squeeze over the lime juice and finish it off by cooking in the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the salmon is flaky.
  • Serve with lime wedges and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can make different kinds of seafood such as blackened mahi-mahi, tuna, swordfish, shrimp, redfish, blackened catfish, etc.
  • Add some cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix for spice.
  • Make grilled blackened salmon rather than baked salmon. Want to just cook it on a skillet on your stovetop go right ahead.
  • Use skin-on or skinless salmon filets
  • Serve the salmon with cream sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 29gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 65mgPotassium: 803mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 587IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This turned out Fabulous!! Used avocado oil as suggested for an alternative to olive oil… and next time I will add even more spices and like juice!! Simple and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband loved his blackened salmon!! We had some wild caught so I thought I’d so something different other then baking. I followed the recipe exactly and I will be making this more often. Seeing my husbands eyes brighten up when taking that first bite was rewarding and then came the words “it was a very delicious dinner. Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. 4 stars
    I loved the cooking method for this salmon. For some reason the taste was a bit off for us. My guess is that it was a reaction between the lime juice and my cast iron pan choice. I’ll try it again using stainless steel. Thank you!