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Blackened salmon fillets on a plate.

Grilled Blackened Salmon (Steaks) Recipe

A grilled blackened salmon recipe with the rich, herbal, and earthy flavor of blackening seasoning. Quick and easy grilled salmon recipe.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, pacific northwest, seafood
Keyword blackened salmon, blackened salmon recipe, grilled blackened salmon, grilled blackened salmon fillet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 263kcal
Cost $25



  • 4 pre-cut salmon fillets, approx ⅓ pound for each fillet, pin bones removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup blackened seasoning


  • Preheat Grill: Prepare grill for direct (or one zone) cooking using lump charcoal. Target 450 – 500 degrees Fahrenheit over direct heat. Typically this means your dome thermometer is at 400 – 425 degrees F.
  • Season Salmon: Apply the olive oil to the salmon fillets. Liberally apply the dry rub, about 1 tablespoon per fillet.
  • Grill Salmon: Place the salmon, flesh side down, over the direct heat. Grill for approx 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, gently nudge the salmon using a fish spatula to see if it will release from the grill grate. If it’s still sticky, check again after another minute. The salmon should release easily when the proper sear has occurred. Flip and grill over direct heat for additional 6 minutes or until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 135 degrees for medium salmon. See notes for temperature guide.
  • Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes to allow for carry over cooking. Optional: Finish with a squeeze of grilled lemon, and serve with your favorite sides.


When buying salmon:
  • Plan ⅓ pound per person pre cook weight
  • Ask the fish monger to remove the pin bones
  • Look for Chinook (or King), or Atlantic salmon
When is salmon done? You can cook salmon like steak based on your preference of texture and flavor. We like our salmon cooked to medium rare. The USDA recommends cooking salmon to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a good instant read thermometer like the Thermoworks Thermapen One (product review) for the most accurate temperature.
  • Rare - 120 - 130
  • Medium Rare - 130 - 140
  • Medium - 140 - 150
  • Medium Well - 150 - 160 - Not recommended
  • Well Done - > 160 - Not recommended


Calories: 263kcal | Protein: 28g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 4002mg | Potassium: 695mg | Vitamin A: 57IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg