Back Bay Blackened Wild Alaskan Salmon

Ralph Crane


This is a quickly prepared dish. It continues to cook AFTER you take it off the heat so have guests seated so it can be served right away when flame is turned off! It is best eaten within a few minutes after cooking...

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1/4 to 1/2 lb per person


30 Min


5 Min




i mix my own blackening spices but make it easy on yourself and amaze your guests with flavor.... use chef paul’s blackened redfish magic.
meat: the key to perfect blackening, (as well as grilling!!), is to cook uniform thickness cuts.
i prefer salmon steaks no more than about 1" thick. when i cook the cubed king salmon, it is 1/2” to 3/4” cubes and used in salads and over pasta with grilled veggies, garlic , and olive oil.

Directions Step-By-Step

Very Important!! Do this OUTSIDE!!
Equipment Required:
Gas fired burner with high output. Our's sounds like a small rocket engine and was purchased as part of a deep fat turkey fryer package. We call it “The Binford 5000 Flamethrower”

Cast iron frying pan. We really lucked out on this when we bought a 14” pan at a garage sale for $8!! The cast iron can really take the high heat and cleans up very easily.
1. Heat oiled frying pan so hot that the oil burns off and the bottom turns uniformly, “dullish grey” and is ssssmoookin! Have dinner guests at the table so that steaks can be served HOT!!
For steaks:
2. Heavily sprinkle blackening spice on one side of UNIFORM THICKNESS steaks.
3. Place steaks on grill, seasoned side down, then heavily sprinkle spice on the “up” side.
4. Grill steaks for NO MORE than 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side, 3-4 minutes total.
For cubes:
2. Rapidly put meat in pan
3. Heavily sprinkle blackening spice over meat while “stirring” it with a metal spatula.
4. Continue stirring/turning process until meat is done....approximately 2-3 minutes MAX!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy