This Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad recipe post is in partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. They provided the food in this post.
I took an Alaskan cruise last summer and one of my top to-do list items was to eat fresh Salmon.
That trip was amazing for food and I had plenty of salmon both on the cruise and at restaurants we stopped at on shore. I had salmon grilled, salmon tacos, even fried salmon. It was everywhere, it was fresh, and it was amazing!
Having fresh fish in Alaska was an amazing experience and thanks to locals I learned a lot about seafood there. I discovered that the fisheries in Alaska provide more than 60% of the seafood harvested in the United States… and that the fish filet sandwiches are made from fish from Alaska. Impressive facts, right?
Eat More Salmon
When we returned from Alaska, we decided to keep eating salmon at least weekly.
We now buy salmon every week and make it one of two ways: grilled with veggies or blackened in a caesar salad.
Since today is Alaska’s newest state holiday, Alaska Salmon Day, I wanted to share our blackened salmon recipe. It’s a weekly dinner staple in our house and super quick to whip up for dinner if you use a salad kit like we did!
We discovered the beauty of blackened salmon in a caesar salad from a local restaurant, Soul Fish Cafe, here that serves it on their menu. Our friend ordered it one day and we followed suit and fell in love with the combination.
There are many “blackened” recipes out there, so experiment and find what you like. If you don’t want to buy a special seasoning ours is a simple combination of paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Check the description below for the recipe.
Cooking fish can be intimidating, but really it’s on of the easiest meats to cook. That’s why most weeks we incorporate salmon into our menu.
The key to good salmon is freshness. Instead of going by an expiration date, ask “when did this come in?”
Salmon is easy to cook with the skin on or off, so don’t be scared of cuts with the skin on. Sometimes skin-on fish is cheaper because it is handled less.
Blackened Seasoning Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons ground paprika (smoked)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder OR cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 table spoon sea salt
Blackened Salmon Instructions
- (2) salmon filet- 1/2 LB
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 10″ non stick pan
- Blackened Seasoning
- Heat pan over medium-high heat.
- Prepare salmon by coating the top ONLY with blackening seasoning.
- Add olive oil in pan.
- Add Salmon skin side down away from you in the pan
- Cook until 3/4 of the side is white/opaque.
- Cook until internal temperature is between 125 and 145 degrees F.
- Pull from heat and let rest.
Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad Instructions
Apply your seasoning liberally to the flesh side of your salmon and rub it in. Leave the sides clean.
To cook your salmon start with a non stick pan on medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot add your fish skin side down away from you in the pan.
Gordon Ramsey said “the most important thing to remember when you’re cooking fish is stop touching it. Leave it there to cook and turn it once only.”
Here is the reason fish is easy to cook… watch the side of the fish. Raw salmon is pink and translucent . As it cooks from the bottom the color changes and becomes opaque. That shows you how fast it is cooking.
No matter the thickness, when the salmon is off white opaque two thirds of the way up it is time to flip.
Flip your salmon down on the seasoned side and leave it until it is cooked through. This will vary for each cut so the recommended internal temp of 145 degrees. 125 if you want medium. We don’t really like our salmon cooked medium, so we cook it a little longer.
When cooking any meat, temperature is a way better indicator than time. So always go by temperature.
For the salad we went with a kale caesar salad kit from Whole Foods. It has kale of course but also Romaine and sliced brussell sprouts. Overall this is a great salad kit and the Caesar dressing was delightful.
A Few More Facts About Salmon
If you eat salmon regularly, there are a few things you might be interested to know:
- 90-95% of the wild salmon harvested in the United States comes from Alaska. (I had no idea!)
- There are various species of wild Alaska salmon – king, sockeye, coho, etc. (My personal favorite is sockeye.)
- Salmon from Alaska is wild and caught from the 34,000 miles of coastline.
- Fishermen in Alaska follow some of the best sustainable fishing practices in the world. Alaska actually has sustainability built into the constitution.
- Salmon is incredibly good for you! It’s full of omega 3s, vitamin D, selenium and more!
Hopefully this salmon information helps you decide to add more salmon to your diet. It’s amazing to have such a fantastic, healthy food option that is sustainable. Thanks to the whole state of Alaska for managing and supporting this fantastic resource!