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Blackened Pan Seared Salmon

Recently, I shared this Blackened Red Snapper recipe on the blog. With the leftover blackening seasoning + some of my leftover Whole30 Tartar Sauce, I put together this easy-peasy Blackened Pan Seared Salmon with tartar sauce on my Instagram stories. Y’all loved it, so I felt it needed a proper place on the blog– so you never forget it 😉

Blackened Pan Seared Salmon

So here it is in all its glory! An easy blackened pan-seared salmon served with a tangy, dill-y tartar sauce that will make your Whole30 weeknight cooking taste like heaven! But honestly, just the blackened salmon alone is delicious! 

Blackened Pan Seared Salmon

CLICK HERE for the Tartar Sauce Recipe.

5 from 12 votes

Blackened Salmon with Tartar Sauce


For the Seasoning Mixture:

  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional, for spice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

For the Salmon:

  • 4 6oz salmon filets
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced into wedges


For the Seasoning Mixture:

  • In a small bowl, combine all of the seasoning mixture ingredients and stir until well combined.

For the Salmon:

  • Using your hands, evenly divide the seasoning mixture among the salmon filets and gently rub into the tops of each filet.
  • Heat avocado oil in a non stick skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, place the salmon into the pan, flesh side down, until a deep blackened crust forms, about 3 minutes. Then, using a sturdy spatula flip the filets to the skin side and continue cooking until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily, about 2-3 more minutes.
  • Serve alongside my Whole30 Tartar Sauce and sliced lemon.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was amazing!! Both my husband and son loved it, too! Thank you, Alex! Definitely coming back to this regularly, delish!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight – again! It’s my go-to recipe when I make salmon. The tartar sauce is also amazing. Thank you.

  3. This is going to be my go to recipe for salmon. My husband eats fish reluctantly, but when I made this he ate a double portion because he really liked it. Thank you Alex.