Blackened Salmon




This is one of my sister's standby dishes with a delicious rustic pesto twist from my brother. It's relatively simple and fool-proof, yet totally satisfying and makes an impressive presentation for a special occasion. It can be scaled to suit one person or a large party.

Salmon, de-boned, skin on. We used half a salmon and it was enough for five people.
2 lemons
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
Cajun seafood seasoning (she uses Chef Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish Magic)

Cooking times:
First 20 minutes at 425*f covered/wrapped in foil,
then 10 minutes under broiler to blacken skin.

*(use your favorite pesto recipe or see my instructable on my brother's Rough & Rustic Pesto we used here)

Step 1: Prepare Your Butter and Lemon Foil Bed.

Preheat oven to 425*f

Now, using a piece of foil more than large enough to completely gift-wrap your fish, spread a layer of butter down about the size of your fish. Spread out a line of lemon slices.

Step 2: Sandwich the Salmon Between Lemon Layers.

Place the salmon on the bed of lemons and butter, and top it with a row of lemons so it is sandwiched between layers of lemons. Season liberally with sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and Cajun seasoning.

Step 3: Creat the Foil Steam Packet.

Fold the foil up to form a closed vessel for steaming.
The final result should be like a loosely wrapped package.
It needs a little air and space for a proper steaming, otherwise you will just be baking it.
Put it in the (preheated to 425*f) oven and set the timer for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Time to Blacken.

Carefully open foil packet, taking precautions to avoid being burned by escaping steam. Push lemons aside from top of fish. Rub fish skin with butter. Place under broiler for 10-15 minutes until skin is nice and black.

Step 5: Remove From Oven.

Once fish is sufficiently blackened, remove from oven and carefully move to a serving platter, or cut up and plate individually.

Step 6: Garnish and Serve.

Smother with pesto sauce or Rough Pesto Rustico as we did here. Check my other instructables for the recipe.

Serve with some steamed deep green vegetable and a bed of rice or a side of pasta.



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    8 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Yum! That looks really delicious. And haha at the below comment... "this would make a great pet Instructable."

    Nice job, I'm very hungry now!

    1 reply

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    If you were going to do this with a pet goldfish I guess you could substitute sliced kumquats for the lemons. Otherwise it would be pretty straight-forward. Of course you'll have to adjust your cooking temp and time.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Duh! How did I miss that? It's 425f for the 20 minutes in the foil, then set to broil for the last part, which is ten minutes or so.