Blackened Salmon with Strawberry Avocado Salsa is a fresh, easy and nutritious dinner that’s quick enough for a busy weeknight, yet elegant enough for entertaining. Just 20 minutes required!

Crispy blackened salmon fillets are topped with a flavorful strawberry avocado salsa for a meal your whole family will love.

blackened salmon served with strawberry salsa over rice

This post was originally published on 5/10/17. It was updated on 6/24/20 with new content.

I happen to love salmon in all shapes and forms. Whether it’s a side of salmon big enough for a crowd, or smoked salmon for brunch, you can almost always find salmon in my house! One of my absolute favorite ways to eat salmon is this blackened salmon with strawberry avocado salsa. It’s fresh, easy and absolutely delicious. Serve over rice for a guaranteed family favorite.

Seasonings for Blackened Salmon:

Blackening seasoning mixes vary slightly, but the core ingredients are usually pretty standard. Here are my favorites to create a bold flavor that’s not too spicy.

  • Cumin: I love the earthy, nutty, slightly spicy flavor cumin adds to this blackened salmon.
  • Smoked paprika: This bright red spice brings deep, smoky aroma and flavor to the salmon. If you don’t have smoked paprika on hand, regular paprika will work.
  • Onion powder: adds a savory richness to the seasoning mix.
  • Garlic salt: A staple in most pantries, feel free to add as much or as little garlic salt as you wish. Feel free to sub this with garlic powder and then add a bit of sea salt too.
  • Chili powder: A must in blackening spice, chili powder adds just a kick of heat to the mix.
  • Black pepper: This recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, but if you prefer the salmon more spicy, feel free to use up to 1 full teaspoon.

Many blackening seasoning mixes include cayenne pepper, and you can add in about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to really kick up the heat. This spice recipe is easy to double or triple if you want to keep extra on hand. It’s also delicious on steak, chicken, or roasted potatoes.

salmon filets seasoned on parchment paper

How do you make blackened salmon?

This entire dish can go from fridge to table in under 20 minutes and it’s truly SO super tasty.

  • It all starts by mixing the blackening spices – stir them together in a small bowl or shake them up in a zip-top baggie.
  • Press the spice blend into the flesh of the salmon and heat a heavy skillet with olive or avocado oil.
  • Add the seasoned salmon to the hot pan and cover the pan with a lid. If you don’t happen to have a lid for your pan, you can use a large baking sheet to cover the pan.
  • Sear the salmon for about 3-5 minutes and until the flesh side is blackened and slightly crisp.
  • Uncover and flip the salmon. Continue to cook the salmon, uncovered, until it is cooked through, but still juicy inside. After 5 minutes, check with a fork that the flesh flakes and it is fully cooked.
salmon filets cooking on cast iron skillet

Tips For Making Blackened Salmon:

  • Use a zip-top sandwich bag to mix your spices. You can shake it to combine the spices and throw away the bag when you’re done. No extra bowl and spoon to wash!
  • Make sure your salmon fillets are all about the same size, so they cook evenly.
  • For cooking the salmon, use a heavy-bottomed, sturdy pan or cast iron skillet for the best results.
  • Don’t move the fish after adding it to the hot skillet. Let it cook for a few minutes so it forms that nice crispy crust on the flesh side.
  • Preheat the pan or skillet just until the oil begins to smoke. Add the salmon flesh side down and sear in those juices and spices. Cook until the salmon is cooked through and charred on the fleshy side.
  • Leave the skin on the fish while it cooks. Once cooked, the skin is very easy to remove with a fork.

Serving Suggestions:

Blackened salmon pairs well with a variety of sides. My favorite way to serve it is over rice or quinoa with strawberry avocado salsa for a splash of color and elegance. You can also serve it in a salad. It would be a wonderful protein added to my favorite Italian salad. We also love to enjoy it over pasta dishes, like this easy pasta salad. Other tasty sides that work well with blackened salmon are: Cauliflower Au Gratin, Greek Pasta Salad, Cowboy Caviar, Cheesy Potato Casserole, Roasted Red Potatoes and Jalapeño Pesto Pasta Salad.

Storage and Reheating: 

  • Storing leftovers. Blackened salmon is best enjoyed immediately, but you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
  • Reheating. The best way to reheat the salmon without it becoming too dry is to reheat it in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat until just warmed through.

This blackened salmon with strawberry avocado salsa is one of those dishes everyone will love – it’s as flavorful as it is colorful. It’s:

Hearty
Healthy
Flavorful
Quick + easy
Gorgeous
Fresh
& Delicious

Gourmet dinner at home couldn’t get easier or tastier!

blackened salmon on a plate with strawberry avocado salsa and rice

Other Favorite Salmon Recipes:

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes

Smoked Salmon Dip

Salmon Burgers With Avocado

Seared Salmon Tacos with Avocado Crema

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fork on plate with blackened salmon and strawberry salsa over rice
blackened salmon on a plate with strawberry avocado salsa and rice
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Nutrition Facts
Blackened Salmon with Strawberry Avocado Salsa
Amount Per Serving (1 fillet with 1/4 of the strawberry avocado salsa)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 254mg11%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 38g76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:4 people
Blackened Salmon with Strawberry Avocado Salsa
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 

From fridge to table in under 20 minutes, this dish is healthy, colorful and full of flavor.

Ingredients
For the salmon:
  • 2 pounds fresh (or if frozen, thawed) salmon, about 4 fillets (wild-caught is best)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
For the strawberry avocado salsa:
  • 8 ounces strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all seasonings, for the salmon, in a small bowl or shake them up in a zip-top baggie. Press seasoning into salmon and gently rub the seasoning to completely coat the salmon.

  2. Heat a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add the oil. When pan is hot, add the salmon, flesh side down and cook for 3-5 minutes with lid on the pan. Flip the salmon and cook fish all the way through (uncovered), about 5 more minutes depending upon the thickness of your fillets. The fish should reach 145 degrees F on an instant read thermometer and flake easily with a fork at its thickest part.

  3. While salmon is cooking, prepare strawberry avocado salsa by simply mixing all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Use a fork to gently remove the skin on the salmon and plate the salmon over rice or quinoa (if desired) and top with plenty of strawberry avocado salsa.

Recipe Notes
  • Storing leftovers. Blackened salmon is best enjoyed immediately, but you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
  • Reheating. The best way to reheat the salmon without it becoming too dry is to reheat it in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat until just warmed through.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackened salmon, seared salmon

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