Cajun Blackened Salmon

cajun blackened salmon recipe

Blackened Salmon Recipe

Cajun blackened salmon is a midweek staple. Serve on top of creamy mash or pasta for a midweek dinner in under 30 minutes.


If I had a dollar for every time we had Cajun Catfish when I was little, I would be rich. One of Aunt Marcia’s favourite recipes, there were at least six different clippings in her recipe box for various ways of serving cajun-style fish. Cajun, as many of you know, is a mispronunciation of French Arcadians who moved from Canada to New Orleans.

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Cajun Salmon

We’ve adapted this popular American recipe to Cajun Blackened Salmon. Serve with creamy mash and broccoli. This can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes so makes a great mid-week dinner.

blackened salmon

Cajun Blackened Salmon

Cajun Blackened Salmon served with creamy mash and broccoli for a delicious dinner ready in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun
Servings 2 people


  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 salmon fillets You can use skin on, I prefer skinless
  • 200 grams tenderstem broccoli trimmed
  • 1 glug olive oil
  • 15 grams garlic butter


  • Heat a fry pan to medium / high.
  • Add olive oil to the pan to heat through.
  • When hot, lay the salmon fillet in (skin side down).
    cajun blackened salmon ingredients
  • Heavily coat the top side of the fish with a mix of the dried spices..
  • After salmon is cooked half way through, carefully turn over the fillet so it is cajun side down.
  • Squish the tenderstem broccoli into the pan.
  • Dot the garlic butter over the broccoli.
  • Cover, reduce heat and cook until fish is cooked through. Make sure the cajun seasoning doesn’t burn. If it is too black but not cooked through, flip to skin side and continue cooking.
  • Serve with Creamy Mash.


I serve the fussy folks in my house whole fillets next to the Creamy Mash as they prefer it.  Then I break up my piece of fish in the pan and stir it into all of the lovely seasoning for a minute and serve up on top of the mash as pictured.
Leftover Blackened Salmon makes a great wrap the next day. Mix up leftover salmon with with black beans and avocado for a special lunch.
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