I love wild caught salmon, this perfectly cooked Blackened Salmon is AWESOME!
There are 2 simple steps to creating this mouth-watering dish, and only about 25 minutes until it is on your plate! The secret to perfectly-done blackened salmon (aka-not burnt) is to sear it in the pan and then finish it off in the oven. That way you get a crispy outer-layer, but a flaky, succulent inside. Succulent. Now there’s a word we want to hear more of! Or how about delectable, exquisite, or tantalizing? It’s also about the perfect seasoning combination of chili powder, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and black pepper which gives it a kick that enhances the salmon’s natural flavors.
We’re all back to our everyday school year grind, and I’m so looking forward to this extra long weekend to chill out with the family enjoying some much needed down time at the beach and the pool with a chilled glass of wine.
Hope you have a restful Labor Day weekend!
Ali in the Valley
1 lb. salmon (you can also use fillets (wild-caught))
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt (or garlic powder + a dash of salt)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
In a small dish, combine all the spices. Generously coat both sides of the salmon with the spices and gently rub into the flesh.
Preheat the oven to 350F
Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, place the salmon in the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the spices are blackened, then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes to blacken the other side.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and move fish from the pan onto the baking sheet. Bake in the centre of the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the salmon is no longer dark pink in the middle and flakes easily with a fork. Serve with avocado-corn salsa (recipe below).
1/2 a large avocado
3/4 c. frozen corn (thawed)
1 to mato (diced)
1 green onion (diced)
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a small dish and serve.