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Baked Blackened Salmon with Brown Butter Lemon Drizzle

This Easy Baked Blackened Salmon recipe is tender and juicy. It has the perfect contrast between the spicy Blackened seasoning and the sweet salmon. A Browned Butter lemon drizzle ties everything together giving it a bright finish.

I grew up eating comfort foods and didn’t understand what healthy eating was. I ate when I was tired, stressed or bored. My idea of taking off a few pounds usually included starving myself and as a result was either too heavy or thin for most of my life. I understand what is meant to lose the same 10 pounds over and over and over. I’ve since added Baked Blackened Salmon in my fight against my weight.

As an adult, I’ve tried many programs and lost weight with success…for a while. In 2013 I found a program that gave me just a few rules. I could eat whatever I wanted but once I hit my daily calorie allowance I was done for the day. Another requirement was that I had to exercise 30 minutes every day. By counting calories, I learned to make better choices like dinner recipes with salmon. Exercising regularly made me feel better about myself.

This picture is my before and after picture showing my 45 pound weight loss.

I ended up losing 45 pounds. It was life-changing. Feeling this good motivates me to cut back when the weight starts creeping back. It’s easier to tackle 5 pounds than it is 25. There is no silver bullet for weight loss. I just take it day by day and sometimes minute by minute.

I don’t share this picture very often but was thinking why not. There’s no shame in being overweight. Thinking like that makes me want a pound of chocolate! Share and be proud of the hard work you did to get it off. Right?

Back to the Blackened Salmon Recipe!

I don’t starve myself anymore. Instead, our meals include easy baked salmon recipes like this one or our Sensational Baked Blackened Shrimp which is perfect as an appetizer, dinner or on a salad. I seasoned both of them with this Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend.

What are the different types of salmon?

There are 5 types of wild-caught salmon available to the United States. They are all Pacific salmon and sometimes these salmon types go by different names.

  1. Chinook salmon can also be called King salmon and have a higher fat content. Chinook salmon is one of the best tasting  Their color ranges from white to deep red.
  2. Coho salmon can also be called Silver salmon because of their silver skin. The Coho color is a bright red and has a more delicate texture. Their flavor is similar to Chinook salmon.
  3. Pink salmon are most commonly canned but can also be eaten fresh. Pink Salmon have a light color and flavor and a low-fat content. This fish can be called humpback or humpies after the hump they develop on their back when the spawn.
  4. Red Salmon commonly called Sockeye salmon are noted for having a deep red flesh and a rich flavor
  5. Chum salmon also goes by Dog salmon, Keta salmon or Silverbrite Salmon. This fish averages about 8 pounds and has a pale or medium colored flesh and lower fat content than other salmon.

You can learn more about salmon from Salmon Fishing Now and The Spruce Eats

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Is there a difference between wild-caught and farm-raised salmon

Wild-caught salmon is said to be healthier for us to eat.  Wild-caught calorie and fat content are lower than farm-raised because of their natural diet and they contain fewer contaminants. Capturing wild-caught salmon is regulated by safe fishing practices.

Many farm-raised salmon are fed color-enhancing food and given antibiotics. These measures increase their calorie and fat content. Farmed salmon has had issues regarding sustainability practices. While practices have improved, it’s best to look into the source if this is important to you.

What is the best tasting salmon

While personal opinions vary, and all 5 types edible, my research shows preference in the following order

  • Chinook salmon
  • Coho
  • Sockeye
A top angle photo of a piece of raw salmon rubbed with blackened seasoning on a piece of foil.

How do I make a Baked Salmon Fillet recipe?

  • Prepare brown butter and cut one lemon in half
  • Fillets should be the same size so they bake evenly.
  • Pat salmon dry with a paper towel
  • Drizzle fish lightly with olive oil.
  • Season flesh side with blackened seasoning
  • Put fillets on a lightly oiled foil-lined rimmed baking sheet
  • Bake and remove from hot pan immediately
  • Drizzle with brown butter lemon mixture.
This pan of browned butter shows the milk solids that are browned and add to the rich buttery flavor of any dish
Rich Brown Butter

How do I make Brown Butter Lemon drizzle

  • Use a pan with a light covered bottom so you can see the color.
  • Start melting the butter over medium heat.
  • Swirl the pan. The butter will foam but that will reduce as it cooks.
  • Once the butter is a rich brown and milk-solids settle in the bottom.
  • Spoon or strain the butter into a separate container. Some people include the milk solids but I just use the golden butter.
  • Allow the butter to cool slightly before you add lemon.

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If salmon isn’t your thing, you can make any blackened fish recipe. This seasoning is great on chicken too!

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5 from 13 votes

Baked Blackened Salmon with Brown Butter Lemon Glaze

This Easy Baked Blackened Salmon recipe is tender and juicy.  It’s a heart-healthy dish that has the perfect contrast between the spicy Blackened seasoning and the sweet salmon.  A Browned Butter lemon drizzle ties everything together giving it a bright finish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Brown Butter Lemon Glaze

  • 3 tsp unsalted butter
  • .5 lemon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and drizzle lightly with olive oil or spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat melt the butter.  Swirl the pan until the butter is browned and the milk solids are brown.  Remove from the heat and put the butter in a separate container.  *Discard the milk solids.  Set the butter aside and allow it to cool
  • Place the salmon on the rimmed baking sheet skin-side down.  Tap the fish dry with a paper towel.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil and season with blackening blend.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer measure 120°F and fish is flaky.  I removed the foil from the pan with the fish on it immediately to stop any further cooking.
  • Squeeze 1/2 a lemon into the browned butter. 
  • Top with salmon with a drizzle of the browned butter lemon glaze

Notes

Some people use milk solids.  It’s up to you. If you put lemon in the butter when it’s hot it will pop and sizzle.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 851mg | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.4mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Kayrin

Friday 4th of October 2019

Thanks for the recipe. I appreciated your breakdown of the different kinds of Salmon available in the US - learned something new- I was looking for a blackened baked salmon recipe vs pan frying. Turned out great.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Thank you so much, Kayrin! I'm so glad it worked out for you and appreciate all those stars!

debi at Life Currents

Saturday 22nd of June 2019

I should be able to get my hands on some beautiful salmon soon, and this is one of the first recipes I'll make!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Thank you! We love it too!

Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 29th of January 2019

You are beautiful inside and and out, my friend, and you make a mean salmon! This was delicious!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

Thank you, Michaela! You're the best!

Brandi

Monday 28th of January 2019

You had me at the Brown Butter Lemon Drizzle! What a fantastic recipe!

Julie Menghini

Monday 28th of January 2019

Thank you Brandi!

Sandra

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Congratulations on your weight loss. You look fantastic and yes, you should be super proud of yourself. I can’t wait to make your blackened seasoning to lather on a nice piece of salmon. I’m sticking with wild caught salmon!

Julie Menghini

Monday 28th of January 2019

Thank you Sandra! I really like the wild caught pacific varieties too!