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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blackened Salmon with Chipotle-Honey Glaze

Blackening is simply a means of adding spicy goodness—and a tasty char—to fish, poultry, or meat. Here, blackened salmon filets get an extra kick from a sweet and spicy (and deliciously gooey) glaze made with a little honey and a chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

Give the fish 20 minutes to stand with the blackening rub, then you’re ready to go: 5 minutes in the pan and it’s done.

Note: Begin searing the fish flesh-side down. When you turn it over to finish skin-side down, the skin will stick to the hot skillet, making the flesh easy to lift off, leaving the skin in the pan.

Serves 2

  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 4-oz salmon filets, with skin, about 1/3-inch thick
  • 1 large chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp chopped chives
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce
  • sea salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
Blackening Spices
Glaze Ingredients
  1. Combine the black pepper, chile powder, and coriander in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture on the flesh side of the salmon and let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Combine the chipotle chile, honey, chives, and adobo sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and set aside.
  3. Heat a heavy, preferably cast-iron, skillet over medium-high heat and brush with olive oil. Season the salmon with salt and place flesh-side down in the pan. Sear until beginning to lightly char, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Turn the filets flesh-side up and brush with half the glaze. Continue searing until just cooked through but still opaque in the middle, about 2 minutes longer.
Spice-Rubbed Salmon
Chipotle-Chile Glaze
Salmon Beginning to Sear
Glazed Salmon
Lift the salmon off its skin and plate. Brush with additional glaze and pass any remaining at the table.

Blackened Salmon with Chipotle-Honey Glaze


  1. This looks so good! I love salmon and this sounds like a wonderful preparation, pinning. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!