Is it possible to make a delicious dinner that is both easy and delicious? Wait until you make this Blackened Salmon and Zucchini. It’s a simple recipe, but the results are stunning. This is a perfect example of how good food doesn’t need to be complicated.
BLACKENED DOES NOT MEAN BURNED
Blackening is a technique used in cooking that was popularized by Chef Paul Prudhomme back in the 1980s. The process involves coating the fish with spices and baking it in butter at high heat until the butter solids and paprika create a dark, delicious “blackened” crust. The fish’s exterior may look dark brown or almost black, but it shouldn’t have a burnt taste.
What spices do you use for blackening?
For this blackened salmon, I used my Homemade Cajun seasoning. However, you can also use a store-bought blackened spice blend if you prefer. Keep in mind that different salt levels may be found in store-bought seasonings. You may need to adjust accordingly.
WHAT KIND OF SKILLET IS BEST?
Cast iron skillets are great for achieving the butter-infused spice crust. Non-stick skillets can be dangerous and cause some people to clutch their pearls. However, I made a nice crust on my blackened salmon. I will tell you to use the most comfortable cookware for you. There is nothing worse than losing a salmon piece because it stuck to your cookware. 😉
BLACKENED SALMON and ZUCCHINI: WHAT TO SERVE
This was delicious as a meal. However, if you’re looking to add some carbs to your meal, I suggest a side of Vinaigrette Salad with Feta.
BLACKENED SALMON WITH ZUCCHINI
Cajun spices coated salmon, sauteed in butter and served with sauteed zucchini make for a delicious, simple, but delicious meal.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 2 tsp smoked paprika ($0.20)
- 1 tsp dried Thyme ($0.10)
- 1 tsp dried Oregano ($0.10)
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($0.05
- 1/4 tsp cayenne ($0.02)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ($0.05).
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder ($0.02)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
ZUCCHINI AND SALMON
- 1.3 lbs. Salmon ($10.65
- 2 Tbsp Butter ($0.26)
- 1 Tbsp of cooking oil ($0.04)
- 1.3 lbs. zucchini ($1.79)
- Mix the spices to make Cajun seasoning.
- Take the skin off the salmon and cut it into four equal-sized pieces (if not already done). Apply the Cajun seasoning to all sides of the fish.
- Cut the zucchini in half and place aside
- Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Once the skillet has gotten hot, melt the butter and foam the salmon pieces. The salmon should be cooked for about 5-7 minutes per side or until the crust is dark brown and the salmon is fully cooked.
- Transfer the cooked fish to a plate. Place the sliced zucchini in the skillet. Sauté the zucchini in the remaining butter and spices until tender. Serve the salmon immediately with the zucchini.
*The FDA recommends that fish be kept at a temperature of 145°F.
Serving: 1 g Calories 323.63 kcal Carbohydrates 6.35 g Protein 31.48 g Fat 19.3 g Sodium 405.18 mg Fiber 2.3 g