We tend to have a lot of people in and out of our house and I regularly serve an extra 3-4 mouths outside of my family for dinner, so I love to grab a large piece of wild salmon to throw on the grill when I am in need of something quick. I think salmon is easily my favorite fish. Poached, grilled, smoked. You name it, I love it. Do you have a favorite way to prepare or marinate salmon? If so, let us know in the comments!
One of the easiest ways to prepare it is rubbing it with this pungent blackened spice mix and simply grilling it. I also rub the same mixture on chicken drumsticks and thighs for the occasional guest that doesn't like fish. It's a simple meal to prepare and cleanup, which is always important in my book!
When recipes say blackened, it is mostly referring to the Cajun spices, not the cooking method. While some chefs do really char their fish on the outside, I prefer to gently sear it to create a crust and keep the inside moist and flaky. I also go easy on the spices and pair it with a cooling mango-avocado salsa because I am a self-proclaimed spice wuss. You can bump up the heat if you'd like with extra cayenne though! This dish is colorful and vibrant and besides the dried seasonings, takes very minimal ingredients. It will undoubtably light up your dinner table! Speaking of dinner tables, isn't the grain of that wood under the food gorgeous?! I used extra stikwood to create a tabletop and I just love the way the surface looks. I need to do a wall in my house with this stuff.
Not a fan of mango? Sub in stone fruit for the mango and tomatoes in this recipe for an equally delicious salsa!