Blackened Sockeye Salmon

Are you craving a delicious blackened salmon dish but dread the thought of venturing out to a fancy restaurant to satisfy your stomach? A gourmet blackened salmon dish doesn’t have to be inaccessible, especially when you can borrow our favorite recipes and have hearty fillets delivered right to your door. How does blackened sockeye salmon over a bed of brown rice sound for this weekend? We promise you don't have to be a chef to master this mouth-watering recipe.


What is Sockeye Salmon?

This beautiful blood-orange salmon species may be smaller than other salmon but is still just as rich in flavor and a known superfood. As the second fattiest in the salmon bunch, it boasts an intense buttery, dense flavor most seafood lovers prefer.

Sockeye salmon hatch in freshwater streams, as all salmon do. What makes them unique is their preference for watersheds with lakes. Sockeye typically lives up to three years in lakes before venturing downstream to the ocean, while some populations remain in freshwater lakes for the remainder of their life cycle. Sockeye salmon are typically caught between late spring through early September, making them a bit pricier than other salmon due to availability.


A Healthy Salmon Meal

Known for being a superfood, enjoying a tasty salmon is excellent for your health. Salmon provides you with plenty of protein and is low in saturated fats. The amount of vitamin B12 in salmon provides tremendous support to your nerve and blood cells. And if adding salmon to your diet is a health-conscious choice, you'll love the additional benefits omega-3 essential fatty acids provide, including decreasing your risks of:

  • Cognitive diseases, including Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Certain cancers
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Inflammation leading to rheumatoid arthritis
  • High blood pressure


Preparing Your Salmon

Whether you're preparing salmon fillets or steaks, there are a variety of delicious ways to prepare your seafood dish. Among our favorite methods are:


  • Baked Salmon in Foil Packets

This easy to master method offers an easy way to prepare, cook, and clean up with more time to focus on your sides and enjoy your meal with little cleanup. We love suggesting this method, which allows you to coat your salmon with all your favorite ingredients, including lemon slices, dill, pesto, or rosemary. Baking your salmon in foil packets provides an excellent flavor incubator that perfectly locks in flavor and moisture.


  • Pan Fry

Pan-frying your salmon requires a bit more of a watchful eye, but you'll love the outcome. In less than ten minutes, you'll have an incredible dish to serve. With a touch of olive oil, you’ll add healthier fats to your salmon, making it a much smarter type of cooking than deep frying.


Salmon Home Delivery

From Sockeye and wood smoked, to Norwegian and wild Alaskan, ordering the finest in seafood selection has never been so easy. Our premium-quality online market will deliver the seafood you desire straight to your door. Order your filets today and prepare to feast on the best blackened sockeye salmon recipe around!


Blackened Sockeye Salmon Recipe



  • (4) 8 oz Sockeye Salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • Blackened Spices:
    • 1 tbsp dried thyme
    • 1 tbsp dried oregano
    • 1 tbsp paprika
    • 1 tbsp black pepper
    • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • Salt to taste


Recipe Preparation: 

  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the blackened spices.
  2. Brush each side of the Sockeye Salmon fillets with the oil and evenly coat with the seasoning mix.
  3. Add the remaining oil to a large skillet and heat to medium-high. Place the salmon fillets in the skillet and reduce heat. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on one side and flip over for an additional 5 minutes, until the outer coating is crispy.
  4. Serving suggestion: For a healthy dinner combo, serve up with quinoa salad or brown rice and garlicky kale.