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Blackened Chili Salmon with Avocado Crema

The recipe and photography for this post was provided by Carolyn Hodges of The Dinner Shift.

A smoky-sweet spice rub and bright avocado-lime sauce add big, fast flavor to this weeknight friendly fish dish. Searing salmon in a very hot cast-iron skillet creates a flavorful, crispy crust while sealing in moisture to keep the fish tender and delicious. Finishing the fish in the oven helps it to cook evenly in 10 minutes or less.

Blackened Chili Salmon with Avocado Crema

To keep things simple, I suggest cooking the salmon fillet whole to serve family-style. You can certainly use four 6-7 oz. fillets if that is your preference.

Enjoy this salmon with a simple green salad and a side of seasoned black beans or rice. It’s also perfect for fish tacos!

Interested in making this recipe? Order the ingredients online for Curbside Grocery Pickup or Delivery.

Blackened Chili Salmon with Avocado Crema
Blackened Chili Salmon with Avocado Crema
Prep time:
20min
Total time:
20min

Servings:
4

Ingredients

For the Salmon

  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 24-28 oz. Verlasso salmon fillet
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

For the Avocado Crema

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup full-fat (2-5%) plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup packed cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
  2. Mix together the chili powder, brown sugar, cumin and paprika. Season the salmon to taste with salt and pepper, then use your hands to coat the fish with the spice mixture.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large cast-iron pan (or oven-safe skillet) over medium-high heat. Once hot (the oil should shimmer), add the salmon, seasoning side down. Sear for 2 minutes, then carefully flip.
  4. Turn off the heat and transfer the pan to the oven to finish baking until cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
  5. While the salmon bakes, combine the avocado, yogurt, cilantro, green onion, lime juice, water and salt to taste in a blender. Blend on high until very smooth.
  6. Serve the salmon topped with the crema.

Blackened Chili Salmon with Avocado Crema

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By Carolyn Hodges
Carolyn is a boy mom and culinary dietitian in Cleveland, Ohio. The Dinner Shift is dedicated to helping busy moms get dinner on the table after the weekday grind, however that is defined for you and yours.

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