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A fork with a bite of flaky blacked salmon resting on a plate.

Seared Blackened Salmon for Two

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  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This blackened salmon is a bold and flavorful way to cook salmon for your next family dinner! Made with a simple homemade blackening seasoning and baked in the oven until perfectly cooked. The recipe makes two servings but can easily be doubled to serve four! Gluten free, dairy free, Whole30, paleo, and keto friendly.


  • 2 6 ounce salmon filets
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon avocado oil


  1. Prep the salmon. Remove any bones from the salmon fillets. Mix kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, and chili powder together in a small bowl. Coat salmon with 1 teaspoon avocado oil and sprinkle spice mixture on the flesh side of the salmon, use your fingers to gently press it down to make sure it sticks.
  2. Cook the salmon. Heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil over medium heat in an oven safe skillet. When oil is hot, add salmon fillets flesh side down and sear for about 3 minutes – until blackened and easily released from the pan. Carefully flip and transfer to the oven to finish cooking. Depending on the thickness of your fillets it should take about 5-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with some of the remaining avocado oil in the skillet.
  3. Serve and enjoy! Serve immediately with lemon wedges and fresh herbs if desired. Enjoy!


Storage: This salmon will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

Reheating: To keep the salmon from drying out my recommended way to reheat is in the oven on medium low heat – somewhere between 325° – 350°. At that temp it should be warmed through in about 6-8 minutes. A toaster oven will work in the same way. You can also reheat gently in a skillet or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through.

Freezing: While technically you can freeze cooked salmon fillets, I’m not sure that you should. The texture will be compromised and it will likely be dry once reheated. If you decide to give it a try read through this article for some good tips.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven baked
  • Cuisine: Cajun