Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

This skillet blackened salmon recipe is the best thing that you will ever eat while camping!  With just a bit of preparation you can have this delicious camping meal on your next trip.

Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to stock the freezer with our very own wild-caught salmon. Such a cool experience!

With that full freezer, I’m always trying out a new healthy salmon recipe to use with this flavorful fish. Today, I want to share one of my favorites with you.

This skillet blackened salmon recipe is the best thing that you will ever eat while camping, or at home! It only takes a few simple ingredients to make, and with just a bit of preparation, you can have this delicious camping meal with minimal effort on your next trip.

Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

To “blacken” salmon is not burning it but rather coating it with butter and spices that are then deeply toasted on a hot skillet, giving it that signature blackened look.

We love to use McCormicks cajun seasoning for this recipe because it gives the dish a delicious, rich flavour. It gives the dish so much flavor, with just a bit of heat. You could use any blackening seasoning mix you want, though.

This salmon recipe is seriously beyond tasty AND super easy to make while camping. We love anything cooked over the campfire and this blackened salmon is no exception.

Paired with grilled asparagus and cheese sauce, it felt like we were eating a gourmet meal in the wilderness. You need to try this!

Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

More tips for camp cooking:

How to make Skillet Blackened Salmon:

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs salmon, skinned, deboned and cut into steaks
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
Melting butter on fire

Start by building a decent sized campfire. Check out our “How to Build a Campfire for Cooking” post for more tips and tricks!

Directions:

  1. Put butter in a small sauce pan and melt.
preparing salmon

2. Pour or brush the butter over the salmon steaks, reserving a few tablespoons.

salmon rub

3. Quickly coat both sides of the salmon with seasoning before the butter solidifies.

preheat skillet

4. Pour remaining butter on the skillet and preheat the skillet over the fire for 3-5 minutes or until butter begins to sizzle.

skillet with butter and seasoning

5. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp seasoning into the butter on the skillet.

skillet with salmon

6. Lay the salmon steaks onto the hot skillet and cook for 5-10 mins until it is nicely charred.

Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

7. Flip the salmon over and cook on the other side for another 5 minutes.

Trust me when I say that this blackened salmon tastes even better than it looks! The seasoning gives it the perfect combination of flavours and charred appearance.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Make your own spice blend with garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and a little kosher salt. You get to control the spice level and customize it to your family’s preferences.
  • Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container and kept refrigerated.
  • Try making salmon tacos with your leftover salmon! Serve them with mango salsa, cilantro, and a splash of lime juice. Delicious!
Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

Tips for cooking with cast iron

  • When cooking with cast iron, be sure to season the surface first.
  • Always use gloves or oven mitts while cooking as the surface of the iron will be hot.
  • Cook the recipe over an open fire using hot coals, not open flames.  A fire that is too hot will burn the outside of your recipe and not cook the inside.
  • Be sure to clean the cast iron with a rough vegetable scrubber, rinse and dry thoroughly before storing.
Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

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Blackened Salmon Recipe

Skillet Blackened Salmon Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This skillet blackened salmon recipe is the best thing that you will ever eat while camping!  With just a bit of preparation you can have this delicious camping meal on your next trip.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salmon, skinned, deboned and cut into steaks
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning

Instructions

    1. Put butter in a small sauce pan and melt.
    2. Pour or brush the butter over the salmon steaks, reserving a few tablespoons.
    3. Quickly coat both sides of the salmon with seasoning before the butter solidifies.
    4. Pour remaining butter on the skillet and preheat the skillet over the fire for 3-5 minutes or until butter begins to sizzle.
    5. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp seasoning into the butter on the skillet.
    6. Lay the salmon steaks onto the hot skillet and cook for 5-10 mins until it is nicely charred.
    7. Flip the salmon over and cook on the other side for another 5 minutes.

Looking for more easy recipes for busy weeknights and camping trips? I’ve got tons for you to check out!

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