Cajun Blackened Salmon is a hearty main dish made with simple ingredients. Perfect for a weeknight meal because it’s quick and easy to make.
Salmon is a mouth-watering-delicious fish that can be pan-fried, grilled, or broiled and served as a main dish. It is definitely a healthy idea for lunch or dinner.
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The rub is easy to make with simple ingredients you very likely have in your pantry.
Brown sugar is a key ingredient that adds flavor and a caramelized texture. Although store-bought brown sugar is good, I used some of my fresh Homemade Brown Sugar.
Before cooking the salmon, coat both sides in olive oil. This will help it stay moist and cook.
After coating in olive oil, use hands to generously apply the rub on both sides of each piece of salmon.
I placed the coated salmon pieces (skin side down) in a HOT skillet. This helps the skin get crispy.
Then, I placed the skillet in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
How To Tell If Salmon Is Fully Cooked?
To see if salmon is thoroughly cooked, pierce it with a knife and look on the inside. Using a fork will pierce the fish which could mess up the presentation.
Cooked salmon should have a solid, light pink center. For this Cajun Blackened Salmon recipe, the outside should be crusty, dark brown (or close to black).
If it is solid white, the fish is very likely overcooked and dry. If it’s translucent or looks like it did before cooking (raw), it is not done. Must be cooked a little longer.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe: Tips for Beginners
Reading a recipe is an important life skill that requires properly reading a recipe’s ingredients, and instructions. Plus, knowing how to prep ingredients and what equipment to use.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the entire recipe so you understand it and to make sure you have each ingredient.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitute.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watching a video tutorial is great way to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. Helps you make sure you have each ingredient and avoid accurately following instructions.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.
Enjoy every bite!