This Cajun Salmon recipe is a fast and simple weeknight dinner you’ll want to make on repeat.
The Cajun seasoning adds a burst of flavor that creates an excellent crust right on the pan with a flakey and perfectly cooked texture we all love.
Is Cajun Seasoning Good on Salmon?
This seasoning is PERFECT for salmon! It’s slightly spicy and a little smoky, and it pairs great with a neutral fish without overpowering its taste.
The best part is that a little Cajun seasoning goes a long way, and you can either make your own or purchase your favorite brand.
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What You Need
Other than your favorite pan, here is what you’ll need to prep and make salmon with cajun seasoning:
- Salmon fillets: buy this fresh or frozen from the store. If frozen, thaw before cooking.
- Olive oil: for cooking and making sure it doesn’t stick to the pan. Also makes a terrific seared crust.
- Salt and pepper: for seasoning.
- Unsalted butter: make sure that it’s at room temperature. If you only have salted butter, you can use it but omit adding in the extra salt.
- Cajun seasoning: choose your favorite brand and enjoy.
As always, check the recipe card for the ingredient amounts and detailed cooking directions.
How to Make Cajun Salmon in a Pan
Once you realize how quickly and easy it is to cook salmon in a pan, you’ll love having this healthy salmon recipe on your radar. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions to cook flaky salmon.
- Prepare the salmon
Pat salmon fillets dry on both sides with a paper towel. Rub all over with oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning on top of the salmon fillets.
- Sear the salmon
Heat a pan over medium-high heat, place salmon fillets, skin side-up (if using with skin), and sear the tops for about 4 to 6 minutes, flip the salmon, and cook an additional 6 to 8 minutes, until the salmon flakes separate easily. Turn off the heat. Salmon cooking times will vary by the thickness of the salmon pieces.
- Prepare the seasoning
While the salmon cooks, combine the softened butter with the remaining 3 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning (1 tablespoon) in a small dish.
- Combine and serve
Place a generous dollop of Cajun butter on top of each salmon fillet, allow it to melt for 30 seconds, and plate the salmon. Use the back of a spoon to spread Cajun butter over the top.
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How to Know It’s Done
It’s important to make sure that salmon is cooked all the way. An easy way to check is to press the salmon with a fork in the thickest part of the salmon. It should flake into pieces easily, indicating that it’s done.