With a blackened salmon recipe, you will find that it has a special, smoky flavor. Salmon is a very versatile fish and features in everything from creamy pasta dishes to tomato-based fish recipes. There are various ways to prepare salmon too and it can be eaten raw, smoked, or cooked by frying, grilling, steaming, poaching, or another method.
So, how do you make blackened salmon? You need to make a seasoning, coat the salmon in this, and then sear it. You can change the seasoning ingredients if you prefer a spicier or less spicy blackened salmon recipe. This recipe contains rice and vegetables so you do not need to make a side dish. The following recipe would make enough to serve two people if you serve a big salad with it or increase the amount of rice. If you want to serve two, it might be better to double the recipe, and then you would not need to make anything additional to serve alongside it.
This dish is wonderful served with a medium dry white wine, such as Californian Chardonnay or something drier like a Sauvignon Blanc. The slice of lemon is optional and lemon was served with fish in the old days because it was believed that the acid would dissolve any fish bones accidentally swallowed! Today lemon is still popular with fish but only because of the way the flavors contrast. Some people like to squeeze a wedge of lemon (or lime) over their fish and others just like the lemon as a garnish.
- ½ green bell pepper
- ½ carrot
- ½ red bell pepper
- 6 oz salmon fillet
- ⅓ zucchini
- 1 portion cooked rice, to serve
- 1 lemon slice, for garnish (optional)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon white pepper
- 1 tablespoon red pepper
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and cut the vegetables into big strips.
- Roast them for about 20 minutes or until soft.
- Mix the seasoning ingredients together and coat the salmon in this mixture.
- Sear it in a very hot skillet until it reaches 145 degrees F.
- Serve the blackened salmon on top of the rice and the roasted vegetables on the side.
- Place the lemon slice on the salmon as a garnish if you like.
You can see from this photo how a blackened salmon filet looks. You can still see the tempting pink color of the salmon but the charred parts add a crunchy crust with a highly concentrated spice flavor. You can serve this salmon with herby rice, as shown in the photo (just stir in a pinch of your favorite dried herbs to the rice when it is cooked, along with a little butter or oil) or with plain boiled rice. You might prefer to serve a salad instead of the vegetable side dish; that is your choice.
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