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Blackened Salmon is served with mango avocado salsa, white rice and a lime wedge on a black plate.

Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa

If you want to create a smoky BBQ experience without having to leave your kitchen, blackening is a wonderful cooking technique to achieve that! Whether you're looking for a Fish Friday recipe with a difference or are simply in the mood for a hearty smoky charred meal for dinner, our Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa recipe is our best fish recipe to date! Everything from the smoky seasoning to the fresh and zingy mango salsa makes this recipe a winner! 
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Mexican
Servings 2 portions
Calories 673 kcal



For the Rub:

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp mixed dried herbs

For Salmon:

  • 20 g unsalted butter melted
  • 2 salmon fillets (approx.120g each)
  • ½ lime

For Mango Salsa:

  • ½ ripe mango cut into small cubes
  • 1 small ripe avocado cut into small cubes
  • 10 g fresh coriander finely chopped
  • red onion finely chopped
  • ¼ red chilli finely chopped
  • ½ tsp runny honey
  • ¼ lime juice & zest

To Serve:

  • 150 g rice
  • ½ lime cut in wedges


  • Prepare the mango salsa by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and set this aside for later.
  • Start cooking rice following packet instructions. When cooked, drain and keep warm in a covered pan.
  • Make the blacken seasoning by mixing all the spices and salt in a small bowl.
  • Melt the butter (but do not let it boil or brown). Pour it over the salmon fillets. With your fingers, rub the seasoning all over the salmon fillets.
  • Heat your cast iron skillet or a non-stick frying pan on high heat. No need to add oil, but make sure it is very hot before you add the salmon.
  • Add the fillets skin side up. Cook the fillets for 3-4 minutes.
  • Gently flip the fillets and cook for another 3-4 minutes basting continuously. When cooked, squeeze over the juice of half the lime.
  • Serve your salmon with rice and a couple of spoonfuls of mango salsa!


If you're cooking for a crowd, you may find it easier to bake the whole side of salmon. Simply rub the seasoning all over, place on a baking tray and bake at 230C Fan for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your salmon.


Calories: 673kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 42gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1259mgPotassium: 1406mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1733IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 3mg
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