Blackened Salmon

These easy, flavorful blackened salmon fillets feature lots of paprika and dried oregano, which give a deep red color and herbaceous flavor to the deeply seared crusts. Cayenne pepper adds a subtle heat that isn't overpowering. A squeeze of lemon juice adds acidity and balance to this ultra-quick blackened salmon recipe.

Blackened Salmon
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 4 ½ teaspoons paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless wild-caught salmon fillets

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Combine paprika, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, pepper, salt and cayenne in a small bowl. Pat salmon dry with a paper towel and rub evenly with the spice mixture.

  2. Heat oil in a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the fillets and cook, undisturbed, until starting to brown on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, undisturbed, until the tops and bottoms of the fillets are dark brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork, 4 to 6 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
16g Fat
3g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Vitamin A 1441IU 29%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 39mcg 10%
Vitamin K 9mcg 8%
Sodium 425mg 18%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 49mg 12%
Potassium 780mg 17%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 5mcg 208%
Omega 3 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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