Blackened Salmon with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Blackened Salmon

I think its safe to say that my body has plenty omega 3 fatty acids. I have salmon thrice a week. Talk about fitness! It’s healthy, yes, but that’s not it. The reason I turn to fish is because it’s so easy to prep. It cooks in literally ten minutes and requires no marination time.

At restaurants, I always get salmon on the spicier side. Blackened is my absolute favorite. I specially love the flavors that come through when the fillet is slightly charred. My secret to this blackened salmon is smoked paprika. I don’t have an outdoor grill, and using smoked paprika lends great barbeque flavor to the fish. Until I get a grill and throw cool summer barbeques everyday, I’m going to always keep some smoked paprika on hand. I could sniff that spice all day. Okay, maybe not like that…

Blackened Salmon
If you love your salmon with a good amount of heat, you need to make this!. The dry rub is really good. I used all of it on two fillets! But I’d say you could easily use it for three 1/4 pound fillets.

If you’re more into visuals, check out how I make this!

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Blackened Salmon

This Blackened Salmon is a hit. I love to serve it with some coleslaw and tartar sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Salmon, Seafood
Servings: 3
Author: Rookie With A Cookie


  • 3 salmon fillet 0.25 lb each, skin removed
  • 1 tsp peppercorn
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • melted butter to brush the fillets

Tartar Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chopped onions optional
  • 1 tbsp dill relish
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Begin by grinding peppercorns, thyme and cumin seeds in an electric grinder or using a pestle and mortar into a fine powder
  • Now mix the ground up spices with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika onion and garlic powders and salt.
  • Next, wash and dry your salmon with a paper towel. Brush some melted butter on both sides. Now very generously sprinkle the dry rub onto the fillet on both sides and pat down really well.
  • Heat up a cast iron skillet with a knob of butter and some oil to grease the pan. Once the oil is hot, lay down your fillet and cook for 3 minutes on medium high flame. Once the bottom develops a nice crust, flip and cook on medium low flame for 5-6 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Be sure to turn on the vent because your kitchen will get really smoky!
  • To make the tartar sauce, take out some mayonnaise in a bowl. i used light mayo. Add chopped onions, relish and garlic into the mayonnaise and mix.
  • Add vinegar and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. If you don't like the sauce too thick, you can add a little water to thin it out until you get your desired consistency.
  • Plate out your salmon and spoon out a few dollops of tartar sauce. This goes really well with coleslaw. Enjoy!


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8 years ago

4 stars
Which salmon is it? From where did u bought

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