5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Blackened Salmon

Spice up your next healthy seafood dinner with this easy 5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Blackened Salmon!  It’s a classic Southern favorite that’s crispy on the outside, moist and buttery on the inside, and loaded with zesty Cajun flavor!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 fillets


  • 4 salmon fillets skin-on (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne omit or decrease for a mild flavor
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Optional for serving: lemon wedges and fresh chopped herbs such as thyme, oregano, or parsley


  1. In a shallow bowl, mix together cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Pat seasoning mixture onto the flesh side of each piece of salmon.
  3. In a large skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Place salmon, flesh-side down, in the hot oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes, and then flip salmon with a spatula. Cook for about 5-6 more minutes, or until skin becomes crispy and fish flakes easily with a fork.

Recipe Notes

Cooking Just for Two? You can cut the ingredients in half and just cook 2 salmon fillets. The cooking process remains the same. If you prepare a full recipe of seasoning, just save the extra spice for another meal.