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Simple Blackened Salmon

This simple blackened salmon recipe has the perfect amount of kick. It’s converted even fish haters into salmon lovers. It works well on other fish too! 

And a few nights ago, I made blackened salmon for dinner, which made me feel oh so fancy. It’s actually a very simple recipe from a church cookbook that I got back when I was in college, but it’s still one of my very favorite salmon recipes.

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I bet even seafood haters would like this.

 

Simple Blackened Salmon Recipe

  • 1.5 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (I used powdered thyme this time, but I’ve also used the little sprigs too)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (powdered or leaves)
  • 2 salmon fillets (skin removed; do it yourself or ask your butcher/fishmonger to do it for you)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all the spices in a shallow dish.
  3. Spread the spices on both sides of the salmon, patting it with your hands to coat well.
  4. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1 T oil until it starts to shimmer and then just begins to smoke.
  5. Carefully add the salmon to the skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of the fish).
  6. Once each side is blackened, place salmon in a glass or ceramic baking dish and bake in the oven for 6-10 minutes or until desired doneness.

I served it with plain quinoa (cooked in salted water for some flavor) and stir-fried broccolini. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

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52 Comments

  • Reply
    Alaina
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    I prefer working out in the morning. I like getting it out of the way. I have a hard time working out after I’ve eaten all day too. 🙂

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    Lee
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    I am definitely a PM worker outer. Although if I’m doing a short workout, I’ll often do it during my lunch break.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I LOVE working out during my lunch break but with my new job location, I can’t anymore. 🙁

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    Lauren
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    I go for mid-morning runs or afternoon runs during the week, and my weekend long run is usually afternoon time. I don’t mind working out later in the day because I’m so used to it that I know I won’t skip it, but my mid-morning runs are awesome!

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    Trisha
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    I’m definitely a work out in the morning person. The later in the day, the harder it is to get motivated! So I pretty much always have it done by 4 at the latest.

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    kelly bean
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    i’m a whatever time o’ day i can get it in worker-outer (i actually use that “word” hee). however while my body prefers the evening workouts, i would personally much prefer am workouts. In other words, I WANT to be a morning person, but I am definitely not *sad face*

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    Katie
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    Salmon is one of my favorite things on earth – this looks incredible! I have never managed to make salmon at home that looks (and I can imagine tastes!) this good.

    I’m 100% an AM exerciser. I couldn’t do it after work if someone paid me $1000.

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
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    My husband is a huge salmon lover. Me? Not so much!
    I’ll have to try this recipe though – maybe it will make me a believer.

  • Reply
    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
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    I prefer a.m. or evening, but can do late afternoon too. It all depends on my eating schedule for the day, haha.

  • Reply
    Lauren
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    I am totally craving salmon after seeing this!!

  • Reply
    Christine @ Burning It Off
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    I used to be a PM exerciser but my schedule recently changed and now most of my workouts are in the morning. I miss my PM workouts; it’s nice being able to sleep shortly after a tough workout.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Yes! I sleep like a baby after evening workouts!

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    Erin @ The Grass Skirt
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    This salmon looks soooo good! Salmon is my favorite food, and I love anything blackened. I definitely plan to try this soon. When I work out all depends on what I have going on for the day. I usually work out in the AM though.

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    Kelly
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    Dang girl you are fast! That’s some great times for a 6.5 miler!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Thanks!! I was pretty proud of it too! 🙂

  • Reply
    alana (at) the food
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    o0o0o0h that salmon looks blackened-licious!

  • Reply
    brandi
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    i LOVE blackened salmon. it’s one of my favorites!

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    [email protected] 321delish
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    this looks awesome! I will definitely be trying it!

  • Reply
    Kelly
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    That salmon looks wonderful!! I am printing this recipe! I am an AM workout gal…but I recently started doing a bootcamp at 6:00pm and it hasn’t been nearly as bad as I thought it would.

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    Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
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    i prefer working out in the AM but will work out in the afternoons/evenings for better weather. so it’s pretty seasonal because in the winter i’ll do afternoon runs for the sunshine and better temps but in the summer, it’s 6am all the way since it’s always cooler then!

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    Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle
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    I prefer to work out in the morning, if I wait until after work, there is only a 50% chance that it will get done!

  • Reply
    Tracey
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    I’m a PM work out person. It’s hard for me to even shower in the morning let alone work out. I really wish I was a morning person but I’m not.

  • Reply
    Carolynne
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    That salmon recipe sounds so delicious!! I am definitely bookmarking it to make it next week 🙂 I need to incorporate more seafood into our diet anyway. What a great excuse

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers
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    AM worker-outer. Definitely AM. Something happens to my body in the PM — just can’t work out in the PM.

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    Kate @ NaturaStride
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    Recipe looks great! I try to cook fish at least once a week and am always looking for (easy) ways to switch it up – thanks!
    Definitely prefer morning workouts. I find I have 2x the energy the rest of the day. And when I get home after work, all I want to do is put my feet up, eat, and have a glass of vino.

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    Lisa
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    That looks like a delicious dinner! We do blackened salmon about once a week. It’s a great dinner, super fast and easy and healthy!

  • Reply
    Charliegirl
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    Bookmarked! I’ve actually never made salmon…what’s wrong with me??!

  • Reply
    Rachel (Olalliberry)
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    Lately I’ve been working out in the mid-afternoon. I am fortunate to have a flexible work schedule and a fitness center in my office building, so it’s easy to fit in a workout during the day.

    I used to work out first thing in the morning, but I do heavy weight lifting and it is pretty draining (for me) to start out the day with it.

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      Teri
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      I’m soooo jealous you have a fitness center in your office building!!

  • Reply
    Ashley
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    I love Asian spiced foods, but never go through a period of craving it a bunch. Your eats sound delicious though!! I am all over the place with the time of my workouts. If I swim, it’s in the morning, but all my other workouts vary depending on when I can fit them in! I’m not a huge fan of working out in the morning because it definitely makes me hungrier all day long. When I was working an 8-5 job, I would bring my clothes to work and go right after. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
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    Most def an a.m. workout-er 🙂 Sometimes I teach fitness classes at night though–so then no choice. haha! love the recipe idea!

  • Reply
    Hannah
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    I usually have to work out after work. Because as hard as I try I’m never feelin’ a 4:45 AM alarm… On the weekends my ideal workout time is post-breakfast, pre-lunch. Right around 9:30 AM! PS–now I’m having Asian Cravin’s!

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    Clare @ Fitting It All In
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    I am an AM work outer– although when the weather is nice I might enjoy some after work runs!

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    Jill {i run i eat}
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    I tried running in the morning a few months ago. It worked for 2 weeks. Then I just got exhausted. Now I run at night with Geoff & it worked ok, but I have to stop eating around 2 or 3 or else I don’t have any energy.

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    The Teenage Taste
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    Salmon is probably my favorite fish. It’s so tasty and healthy! Gotta get my Omega 3s! 😉
    I usually get my workout in after school. (Usually around 3ish) But on the weekends, I love walking my dog and doing yoga in the AM.
    Have a great weekend, Teri! 🙂

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
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    I wish I had the option, but my stomach bloat in the PM prevents me from having enjoyable runs in the afternoon, so I stick to my early morning runs.

  • Reply
    BroccoliHut
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    Delicious! I am just now learning how to prepare fish, so I will save this recipe for sure.

    I am SO an AM exerciser. Otherwise, I just won’t do it!

  • Reply
    TheHungeredOne
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    I am DEFINITELY an AM workerouterer. I am more productive and more likely to work out in the AM. Also, less food in the belly means less chance of stomach issues, so AM it is. 😀

  • Reply
    Stephanie @ Love Life Project
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    I love ginger! Everything tastes better with ginger. And the smell of onions, ginger, mushrooms and garlic sauteeing is one of the best smells in the world.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      i totally agree – there’s nothing better than onion, ginger, mushrooms and garlic! I haven’t had mushrooms for waaaay too long though!

  • Reply
    Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)
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    Well most of the time I’m a pm worker outer but now that I work at a gym I can take a break in the middle of the day when the gym isn’t busy to workout 🙂 its pretty great but I don’t do that well with super early morning workouts

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    LauraJayne
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    I am definitely am AM exerciser. I like to get it done, or it definitely hangs over me all day until I make it to the gym! Plus, I’ve found that the later I wait to workout, the more likely I am to skip it!

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
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    Normally i’m a total morning exerciser, but lately i’ve actually been working out when I get home from work. It’s kinda strange but hey, whatever works I’ll go for.

    That blackened salmon looks dynamite!

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    [email protected]
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    I totallly know what you mean about the asian craving thing! Asian’s on the menu for dinner tonight. Haven’t quite decided what I’m making yet.

  • Reply
    pawsitivelife
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    Something about blackend salmon is so amazing! I am for sure a AM worker-outer, although since i work super early in the morning I am forced to often workout in the evening which just throws me off!

  • Reply
    Lauren @laursorganiclife
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    I am trying this recipe tonight it looks so good! Been looking for a new good salmon recipe.
    And I am def a Pm workout person. I try morning sometimes and I do prefer getting them over with in morning especially if Im trying to do something social after work. But after sitting from 8:30-5:00 my body craves movement!

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    Stacy (Little Blue Hen)
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    You’re gonna love the next few recipes I’m posting. I’ve been on a crazy Korean kick all week.

    I was always a morning workout person, but I’ve been going midday with the husband and that’s been fun! We’ve been swimming and it’s an outdoor pool, so I’m happier if the sun is up when we’re there.

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    Angie
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    That salmon looks DELISH! It’s my favorite fish.ever. We bought some from Costco a few weeks ago and it was the best I have ever had. Pinned your recipe for hubby (I don’t cook lol).

    Oh and morning workouts for me around 11 or in the early afternoon.

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