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!
45-ouncesalmon fillets, see notes
1tablespooncooking oil, we like avocado oil
⅓cupheavy cream or cashew cream, see notes
Minced parsley, to serve
1 ½teaspoonsEACH: onion powder and garlic powder
½teaspoonEACH: thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne (see notes)
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.
1 tablespoon paprika, 1 ½ teaspoons EACH: onion powder and garlic powder, ½ teaspoon EACH: thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne (see notes)
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.
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.
⅓ cup heavy cream or cashew cream, Minced parsley
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.
Serving: 1 piece of salmon with ¼ of the sauce, Calories: 309kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Sodium: 362mg, Potassium: 745mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 541IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1mg