Blackened Pan Seared Salmon with Whole30 Tartar Sauce

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.

Blackened Salmon with Tartar Sauce

5 from 3 votes


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.


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    January 12, 2021 at 12:08 am

    5 stars
    Loved it! Will be making it again!

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    Abby Durden
    November 5, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Absolutely delicious, added to my regular meal rotation !

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      November 5, 2020 at 9:51 pm


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    Kelly Spears
    October 24, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    5 stars
    SO GOOD! This is a staple weeknight meal in our home. Thank you!

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      October 25, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      Yay! Thank you!!

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:26 pm

      5 stars
      My favorite way to make salmon now! So delicious and easy!

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        January 4, 2021 at 1:37 pm

        one of my faves, too!!

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    Allie Del Principe
    October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Omg this was amazing! I didn’t have lemon so used lime instead and loved it. Thanks for the recipe, Alex 🙂

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