Cajun salmon is a quick and easy dinner recipe that is bursting with flavor. Cajun seasoned salmon is quickly seared until blacked, then a little cream (or dairy-free cashew cream) is added to the pan to make a creamy cajun sauce. It's delicious!

Turn this Cajun salmon into a meal by serving with our garlic butter asparagus. Or season some roast potatoes with our homemade cajun seasoning to keep the theme going!

Cajun salmon in a pan with creamy cajun sauce poured over the top.

Cajun salmon

You're looking at our new favorite way to cook salmon. The flavorful, Cajun-spiced salmon is blackened to perfection then served with the easiest ever creamy cajun sauce.

In just 20 minutes, you can sit down to a healthy fish dinner that's better than anything made in a restaurant.

And you can easily adjust the heat level to make it as spicy or mild as you'd like. Win win!

Creamy cajun sauce being poured over top of blackened salmon.

How to make cajun salmon

This salmon recipe is made in three easy steps.

  1. Mix the spices. Put the eight spices in a bowl and stir them together. Easy!
  2. Blacken the salmon. Sprinkle the top of the salmon with some of your cajun seasoning mix and then sear it to get that delicious blackened cajun salmon taste. Then flip the salmon over to cook the other side.
  3. Pour the cream into the pan and add the rest of your spice mix. You can use the real-deal whipping cream or some dairy-free cashew cream. Your choice! The cream will create the most beautiful sauce to pour over your salmon.

Full recipe in the recipe card below.

What is the best cajun seasoning for salmon

We use our favorite cajun seasoning in this recipe. You'll find a generous amount of paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in here. There's also some thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper for lots of flavor. And when we want it spicy, we add cayenne.

What to serve with this blackened salmon

We could (and have!) made a meal out of this salmon with some garlic butter asparagus. It's a great combo!

The creamy sauce is delicious spooned over some basmati rice or cauliflower rice. Roasted broccoli also goes well with this recipe. And cajun sweet potato fries are always a hit!

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Easy Cajun Salmon

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serving 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Description

Cajun salmon is a quick and easy dinner recipe that is bursting with flavor. Cajun seasoned salmon is quickly seared until blacked, then a little cream (or dairy-free cashew cream) is added to the pan to make a creamy cajun sauce. It's delicious! 


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Ingredients

  • 4 5-ounce salmon fillets (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (we like avocado oil)
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream or cashew cream (see notes)
  • Minced parsley, to serve

Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons EACH: onion powder and garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Mix the seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl. Reserve about ½ tablespoon of the seasoning then sprinkle the remaining evenly over the top of the salmon. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the salmon to the pan, top side facing down. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the side of the salmon that is facing the pan is well-browned (blackened). Flip the salmon over and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until the salmon is fully cooked. It should reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the salmon from the pan.
  3. Add the cream and the reserved ½ tablespoon of cajun seasoning to the pan. Simmer for about 1 minute, or until the cream reduces slightly. Serve the salmon with the cajun cream sauce poured over the top and a little minced parsley for color. 

Notes

We prefer to make this with skinless salmon fillets. You can learn how to remove the skin here or ask your grocery store to do it for you. You can also leave it on while cooking then remove it with a spatula as you take the salmon out of the pan. 

You can make the dairy-free cashew cream by mixing 1 tablespoon of store-bought cashew butter with ¼ cup of water. 

If you are sensitive to heat you can reduce or omit the cayenne.

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