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Plate of blackened salmon with dill sauce.

Blackened Salmon (+ Dill Sauce)

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top + Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Blackened Salmon – an absolutely delicious blackened salmon recipe that is so easy to make! Perfect with dill sauce or in a salad!



Blackened Salmon:

  • 46 6oz salmon fillets, skin-on
  • 1 tablespoon paprika 
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Dill Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream (regular or dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup mayo (regular or paleo)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine the Salmon Dill Sauce ingredients in a small bowl; stir to combine.  Taste and adjust any flavors, as necessary. Store in fridge. 
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  3. Pat salmon dry with clean paper towel.
  4. Combine blackened seasoning: paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chipotle pepper, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. 
  5. Rub salmon all over with blackened seasoning
  6. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over seasoned salmon; rub into salmon. 
  7. Bring a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon of oil; swirl to coat the pan. 
  8. Sear salmon (skin-side up) for approx. 1-3 minutes (or until there is a good char). 
  9. Flip salmon over so skin side is down and place in the oven (middle rack and uncovered).
  10. Let cook 10-14 minutes or until fully cooked (it should flake apart easily with a fork).*
  11. Remove from oven and serve immediately with the Dill Sauce. 


  • Serving Suggestions: we love using this in a Salmon Caesar Salad! Otherwise, serve with roasted broccolini and baked potato or some brown rice OR in a Blackened Salmon Taco
  • Grill: if you would prefer to grill your salmon simply prepare the salmon as-directed and then grill following the directions in this post!
  • Spice: feel free to add a bit more cayenne pepper if you want it extra spicy.
  • *Internal temp of salmon: fully cooked salmon should reach 145 degrees F. at it’s thickest part (per USDA). If you want a medium finish to your fish then look for a temperature between 125-130 degrees F. 


  • Serving Size: 1 salmon fillet with dill sauce
  • Calories: 396
  • Sugar: 0.4 g
  • Sodium: 468.2 mg
  • Fat: 24.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.8 g
  • Protein: 40.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 97.5 mg