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Cajun Salmon with Mango Salsa

Cajun Salmon with Mango, Pineapple, Avocado Salsa is deceptively healthy, packed with flavor, bursting with fresh ingredients and restaurant quality delicious!  This Cajun Salmon is exploding with flavor from a simple marinade, and the most flavorful Cajun spice rub and then pan seared to perfection.  It’s then piled with fresh Salsa for the perfect complimentary fresh ying to the spicy yang. Open wide for an explosion of flavors and textures in every mouthful!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 (4-6 oz. each) skinless salmon filets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Cajun Spice Mix

  • 2 tsp EACH smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 tsp EACH dried oregano, dried thyme , pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit for less heat)


Mango, Pineapple, Avocado Salsa

  • 1 mango chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper minced
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno seeded, deveined, diced
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt to taste
  • lime juice, to taste


  • Marinade: Mix together all of the Spice Rub ingredients in a medium bowl. Remove 2 teaspoons Spice Rub to a shallow dish or large freezer bag (whatever you are going to marinate salmon in). Whisk in remaining Marinade ingredients. Add salmon and turn to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 30-60 minutes. You will use remaining spices later in the Rub.
  • Mango, Pineapple Avocado Salsa: Meanwhile, chop and add all of the Salsa ingredients EXCEPT AVOCADO to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Chop and add avocado just before serving so it doesn’t brown.
  • Spice Rub: After 30-60 minutes (no more), remove fish from marinade and pat dry. Rub remaining Spice Rub evenly all over fish. The easiest way to do this is dip each fillet in the spice rub, front and back.
  • Cook: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat (medium if your stove runs hot). Once hot, add fillets, turn heat down to medium and cook approximately 4 minutes, until crispy and blackened. Flip salmon over and add butter. Cook an additional 3-6 minutes to your liking (will depend on thickness). Check salmon after 2 minutes to ensure it isn't cooking too quickly - if it is, then turn down the heat.
  • Serve: Remove salmon from skillet to individual plates and drizzle with pan juices. Serve with Mango, Pineapple Avocado Salsa.