Easy 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 30 minutes!
This Easy Roasted Cajun Salmon recipe is so flavorful and so simple to prepare and so flavorful, I know you would want it in your list of quick and easy salmon recipes. Did I mention that it’s also very light on calories and carbs! It’s the perfect healthy meal!
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.
Salmon is also 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!
Now let’s prepare Cajun Seasoning Blend: mix Cajun seasoning (you can use Creole seasoning too) and paprika (use regular, smoky or smoky Chipotle Paprika).
Next add garlic and onion powders as well as black pepper.
Rinse salmon and pat dry. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and place salmon in the skillet skin side down. 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.
Top the Cajun Salmon with lemon juice.
And lemon zest. I used a stainless steel zester that is super sharp and easy to use! I also use it to finely shred cheese 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 my 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 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!