Blackened Salmon


Need a quick and easy salmon recipe? You’ll love this flavorful blackened salmon that comes together in less than 20 minutes.

Remember my blackened seasoning recipe and this pineapple salsa? We’re bringing things full circle with this recipe because it uses both the seasoning blend AND the salsa to create a flavorful blackened salmon dish that’s served over rice.

Blacked salmon topped with pineapple salsa and sitting on top of a plate of rice.

I personally love using blackened seasoning rather than a marinade because it takes no time to prep! I don’t have to think about marinating hours ahead of schedule, which is helpful for my brain. Not to mention the fact that it’s such a delicious seasoning for salmon!

Health Benefits of Salmon

I’m sure you’re aware, but salmon is an incredible food to add to your diet. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids which our body can’t create… aka we have to eat them! Salmon is also a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals and studies have shown it reduces inflammation throughout the body. You can cook salmon in a variety of ways – steam, smoke, grill, bake – or even eat it raw if you’re a sushi fan.

How to Make Blackened Salmon

It doesn’t get much easier than this… ready? If you don’t have your blackened seasoning mixed already, mix up the spices in a small bowl. Liberally rub the seasoning on the flesh side of each salmon filet.

Four pieces of uncooked salmon rubbed with blacked seasoning.

Heat oil or butter in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Place the salmon fillets skin-side up in the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes. You know the salmon is ready to flip when the meat releases from the pan easily. Flip so the skin is now on the pan and cook for another 5-7 minutes until salmon is just cooked through. Be sure not to overcook the salmon. Overcooked salmon is super dry and not very tasty.

Three pieces of blackened salmon in a cast iron skillet.

This blackened salmon is amazing to make ahead of time to enjoy on salads, with roasted veggies, or in a grain bowl – the options are endless. I chose to serve this salmon over regular rice, topped with pineapple salsa. This combo is perfect because the rice and pineapple salsa tame the heat from the blackened salmon and make for such a refreshing meal.

And did I mention that this meal takes only 20 minutes to make if you have your blackened seasoning, pineapple salsa, and rice ready to go? Yup, it’s such an easy dinner recipe for busy weeknights. Want to know my secret (not so secret) time saver? I keep cooked frozen rice from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods in the freezer at all times for meals like this. It tastes great and takes only 3 minutes to heat up in the microwave. Easy peasy!

Two plates with rice, blacked salmon, and pineapple salsa.

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Blackened Salmon

5 from 7 votes
Need a quick and easy salmon recipe? You'll love this flavorful blackened salmon that comes together in less than 20 minutes. 
Three pieces of blackened salmon in a cast iron skillet.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 6 oz skin-on salmon fillets
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 3 Tablespoons blackened seasoning, or cajun seasoning
  • pineapple salsa, for serving
  • 2 cups white, brown or cauliflower rice, for serving


  • Make blackened seasoning if needed.
  • Liberally rub blackened seasoning on the flesh of each salmon fillet.
  • Heat oil or butter in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the fillets to the skillet, skin-side up, and cook until blackened, about 3 minutes. Flip the fillets and continue to cook until they are cooked to your preference, 5 to 7 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillets.
  • Serve over rice and top with pineapple salsa.


Serving: 1filet with 1/2 cup white rice Calories: 485kcal Carbohydrates: 30g Protein: 46g Fat: 19g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: blackened salmon


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    1. Alan
      October 13, 2020 AT 9:37 pm

      5 stars
      Wow it seems so delicious…

    2. Jennie
      July 9, 2020 AT 6:37 am

      5 stars

    3. Catherine
      May 28, 2020 AT 8:03 pm

      5 stars
      Easy recipe with great flavor! One of my favorite dishes at the moment.

    4. Meredith
      May 12, 2020 AT 10:27 pm

      5 stars
      I made the salmon only, so can’t comment on the rest. The blackened seasoning is amazing, I would recommend patting the salmon dry first though, that seemed to really help it stick. I used small frozen filets from Aldi and they only needed 3 min on each side.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 13, 2020 AT 12:17 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed the salmon, Meredith! Thanks for trying it and for sharing your suggestions with us, it’s super helpful to other readers. 🙂

    5. Rebekah
      August 31, 2019 AT 11:34 pm

      5 stars
      Dang this recipe is hecka good. The pineapple salsa went beautifully with the blackened seasoning.
      I had a huge fillet from Costco so I did 1/4 in a pan and 3/4 in the oven baked with pineapples in foil, and both ways were super good!

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