Easy Pan Roasted Cajun Salmon is nutritious and tasty! Topped with a yummy Creole seasoning mixture, lemon zest and Paprika, this amazing salmon recipe is healthy and delicious!
Easy Pan Roasted Cajun Salmon recipe is so simple to prepare and so flavorful, I know you would want it in your list of quick and easy salmon recipes.
Is salmon good for your health?
Wild caught salmon is considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods due to the abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and iodine. Those elements keep your body healthy by reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure and keeping your thyroid in a good shape.
Did I mention that it’s also very light on calories and carbs! It’s the perfect healthy meal! The calorie and fat content in wild salmon is lower compared with farmed salmon.
Farmed Salmon vs. Wild Salmon
- Farmed salmon are fed on oil and smaller fish, ground-up feathers, GM yeast, soybeans and chicken fat. The flesh of farmed salmon is grey, and is coloured by astaxanthin, a manufactured copy of the pigment that wild salmon eat in nature.
- Wild salmon get their colour from eating krill and shrimp. The flesh of wild salmon is naturally orange/pink. Wild salmon is naturally pink due to their diet which includes astaxanthin, a reddish-orange compound found in krill and shrimp.
Benefits of eating salmon
Salmon is a protein powerhouse, A 3.5-ounce serving of salmon contains 22–25 grams of high quality protein, which is almost 50% percent of the daily required intake of protein.
And as a bonus, it’s a great source of essential amino acids that promote healthy cell growth and maintain muscle tissue mass.
What’s even more amazing about salmon is that salmon is an excellent source of essential vitamins to keep your body healthy longer. It’s high in B vitamins, which protect your heart brain and maintain nervous system.
Of course, the topping in this recipe is no less nutritious. This bright orange color is loaded with vitamins and minerals too!
How to prepare Cajun Seasoning Blend for the Roasted Salmon
Mix Cajun seasoning (you can use Creole seasoning too) and paprika (use regular, smoked or Chipotle Paprika).
Depending on what kind of paprika you use, the color can range from a bright orange-red to a deep blood red and the flavor can be anything from mild to bitter and hot.
I recommend using smoked paprika. The flavor of smoked paprika is still sweet without adding too much heat to the dish, unless it’s specifically a hot and smoked variety. Smoked paprika is made from peppers that are smoked and dried over oak fires.
This process gives the red powder a rich, smoky flavor. You can find this smoked variety in mild, medium-hot, and hot.
Next add garlic and onion powders as well as black pepper.
To make this Easy Pan Roasted Cajun Salmon, you will need a reliable oven proof pan, such as this Lodge Pro Logic seasoned cast iron pan with sloped sides and modern design:
You can also use a dutch oven skillet or a stainless steel skillet.
First rinse salmon and pat dry. Next add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and place salmon in the skillet skin side down.
Now rub the top surface of salmon with the second tablespoon of olive oil. You can use your fingers like I did or a pastry brush. Season salmon with salt and rub prepared Seasoning Blend into salmon’s surface.
Add lemon juice
Top the Cajun Salmon with lemon juice. You won’t need much, only 1/4 of a lemon.
I just cut up my lemon and squeezed a quarter of it right over the salmon. Fish and lemon go together very well!
Besides making lemon zest with it, I use my zester to finely shred cheese, chocolate and even onions!
Bake this Cajun Salmon at 425 F for 20-25 minutes.
Once done, garnish with fresh chopped Parsley.
Easy Roasted Cajun Salmon is done!
If you are a fan of fresh fish like we are, I hope you will also try our recipes for Pesto Shrimp Fettuccine in Mushroom Garlic Sauce and Shrimp Pasta in Garlic Basil Tomato Sauce. These are perfect for a weeknight dinner or for when you have guests.
Easy Pan Roasted Cajun Salmon is nutritious and tasty! Topped with a yummy Creole seasoning mixture, lemon zest and Paprika, this amazing salmon recipe is low in calories and carbs, healthy and delicious and you can have this simple oven roasted dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes!
- 1 lb. salmon fillet (skin on, boneless)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/ tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon smoky paprika
- Black Pepper to taste
- 1/4 lemon (zested, juiced)
- Italian parsley (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix seasoning blend together.
Rinse salmon and pat dry. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and place salmon in the skillet skin side down. Add 2nd tablespoon olive oil over the top surface of salmon.
- Season with salt and rub seasoning blend into salmon's surface.
Top with lemon juice and zest.
Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with parsley and serve with extra lemon zest and garnish with finely chopped Parsley.
Make sure to use a good heavy skillet here, such as cast iron and make sure it’s a large one too. I used 12 inch Lodge Pro-Logic Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet in this recipe – it’s well designed, has a helper handle and sloped sides – very sleek looking for cast iron!
I have other cast iron skillets, but prefer this one due to its size (it’s very large with even more space due to its sloped sides), it also never sticks or leaves weird black dots on meat like other cast iron skillets do. And it’s one of my most used kitchen tools!