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Cajun Salmon – 20 minutes meal

Cajun Salmon

Hey there! Let’s jazz up your dinner with a dish that is as easy as it is delicious? I’m sharing a recipe that’s become a superstar in my kitchen – Cajun Salmon with Garlic Parmesan Butter. 

Juicy salmon fillets, coated in a blend of Cajun spices bring the heat without overwhelming your palate. But that’s not all – we’re taking things up a notch with a garlic Parmesan butter sauce that’s basically liquid gold. Try this dish and you never settle for plain old salmon.

So, grab your apron, and let’s dive into the world of Cajun Salmon goodness. Trust me; this one’s a winner!

What you need for Cajun Salmon

Main Ingredients

  • 2 salmon salmon fillets

Cajun seasoning

  • ½ tbsp paprika powder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp butter 
  • ½ tsp oregano
Cajun Spice Mix

How to make Cajun Salmon

  1. Prepare the Cajun Spice Mix: In a small bowl, combine paprika powder, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne powder, oregano, thyme, and onion powder.
  2. Season the Salmon: Rub the Cajun mix generously over both sides of the fillets, ensuring they are well-coated. Let them marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Sear the Salmon: Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, place the seasoned salmon fillets skin-side down. Sear for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
  4. Prepare the Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce: In a separate pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant. Stir in Parmesan and oregano, allowing the cheese to melt. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Place the Cajun-spiced salmon on a serving plate and generously drizzle the Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

Can You Buy Store-bought Cajun Powder?

Yes! If you’re short on time or just want to keep things simple, using store-bought Cajun powder is a quick & easy option. One of my favorite brands is Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning. With a name like that, you know it means business. Slap Ya Mama is known for its bold and flavorful Cajun seasoning that adds a bit of Louisiana love to any dish.

Cajun Salmon

What Go with Cajun Salmon

Cajun Salmon is a versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of sides. Here are some delicious options to consider:

Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic choice. The smooth texture and buttery flavor of mashed potatoes provide a comforting contrast to the bold Cajun spices of the salmon.

Asparagus: Roasted or sautéed asparagus adds a vibrant and crunchy element to your meal. The earthy taste of asparagus complements the richness of the salmon.

Simple Brown Rice: Opting for simple brown rice is a healthy and hearty choice. The nutty flavor of brown rice pairs well with the Cajun seasoning and provides a satisfying base for your salmon.

Creamy Pasta: Indulge in a bowl of creamy pasta, such as fettuccine Alfredo or a garlic Parmesan pasta. The creaminess of the pasta balances the spiciness of the Cajun Salmon.

How can you tell if your salmon is done?

Knowing when your salmon is done doesn’t have to involve any fancy chef tricks. It’s actually pretty straightforward. Your salmon fillet should easily flake apart with a fork. Yup, it’s that simple.

When you think your salmon might be ready, grab a fork and gently press down on the thickest part of the fillet. If the fish starts to flake easily and looks opaque (not translucent or raw), you’re good to go! If it’s still a bit resistant, give it a few more minutes.

Cajun Salmon

What are the common mistakes of cooking salmon? 

Let’s talk about some common slip-ups when it comes to cooking salmon. We’ve all been there, but the good news is, they’re easy to avoid once you know the ropes.

Forgetting to Remove Pin Bones: salmon sometimes comes with these sneaky pin bones. For the love of smooth dining experiences, don’t forget to give your salmon fillet a little pat-down to remove those bones.

Choosing the Wrong Pan: Cast iron can be a bit too intense for our delicate salmon. Stick to a gentler cooking surface like a non-stick pan to avoid any flavor clashes.

Overcooking the Salmon: We’ve all been guilty of this one – letting the salmon stay on the heat a tad too long. The result is a dry, flaky disappointment. Keep an eye on it, and once it starts to flake easily with a fork, you’re good. 

Mistreating the Skin: The skin on salmon is like its protective armor. Cook it skin-side-down first on high heat. That’s the secret to keeping the flesh moist and delicious. Flip it when the skin is crispy, and you’re on your way to salmon perfection.

There you have it – Cajun Salmon with Garlic Parmesan Butter, a dish that’s bursting with flavor and guaranteed to impress. 

Cajun Salmon

Cajun Salmon

Juicy salmon fillets, coated in a secret blend of Cajun spices bring the heat without overwhelming your palate. But that's not all – we're taking things up a notch with a garlic Parmesan butter sauce that's basically liquid gold. Try this dish and you never settle for plain old salmon.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 2 peopl

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients

  • 2 salmon salmon fillets

Cajun seasoning

  • ½ tbsp paprika powder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp oregano

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Cajun Spice Mix: In a small bowl, combine paprika powder, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne powder, oregano, thyme, and onion powder.
  • Season the Salmon: Rub the Cajun mix generously over both sides of the fillets, ensuring they are well-coated. Let them marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Sear the Salmon: Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, place the seasoned salmon fillets skin-side down. Sear for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
  • Prepare the Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce: In a separate pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant. Stir in Parmesan and oregano, allowing the cheese to melt. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Place the Cajun-spiced salmon on a serving plate and generously drizzle the Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.
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