Blackened Salmon Bites with Garlic Honey Butter is an incredibly easy dinner recipe idea filled with flavor! Just a few simple ingredients and your broiler are all you need for an easy dinner!
Blackened Salmon Bites are so easy to make, y’all!
It’s a few simple ingredients! Salmon fillets, salt, olive oil, and blackening seasoning.
I broiled this in the oven, but you could pop it into your air fryer basket, or a non-stick pan, or string it onto skewers and grill!
This easy recipe ends with a honey garlic melted butter glaze that is chef’s kiss!
How to Make Blackened Salmon Bites
Gather your Ingredients:
- Kosher Salt
- Olive Oil
- Blackening Seasoning
First, let’s chat about blackening seasoning.
What is blackening seasoning?
It’s a blend of spices and herbs such as:
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- White pepper
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
It’s got a medium heat spice level on your tongue, so it’s not too spicy.
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Spicewalla is a local Asheville company, and I LOVE their version! I don’t like salt in my spice blends. I want to control the amount of salt that goes into my food. So, this Blackening Rub from Spicewalla is perfect!
Now let’s chat about salmon.
I love fresh salmon!
Years ago when Asheville had a Bonefish Grill, their lemon butter sauce over their salmon fish fillet was one of my favorite things to eat!
When you head to your grocery store either buy frozen salmon with the skin on or go to your fish counter and get some there.
Usually, though, the salmon that they sell is from the freezer — and if I don’t know when the salmon was thawed, I’m not sure how long it will keep…
If it smells fishy at all, it’s a no-go! Fish shouldn’t smell like that “ugh! gross! fish!” smell we’ve all smelled.
I took the salmon skin off this time, but feel free to keep it on if you’re into it!
You’ll cut your salmon up into large bite-sized pieces.
Use a paper towel and dry your salmon really well on all sides.
Sprinkle salt over the top of the salmon, then drizzle some olive oil on top.
Take your blackening spices and spoon a hefty couple of spoonfuls over top.
To season salmon really well, you need to make sure the salt, oil, and dry spices are on all sides of the salmon.
Let the fish marinate for a few minutes while you make the honey garlic butter glaze for later!
If you’re making this in the morning, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for later!
Before I show you the end result, let’s chat about the cooking method.
The honey garlic butter glaze is a tablespoon of honey, one grated garlic clove, and 2 tablespoons of butter, all melted together… DREAMY!
Mix it all up in a small bowl and set it aside after your salmon cooks.
I used the broiler because it’s the easiest way to cook salmon.
You could use a hot cast iron skillet to sear your salmon and create a really great crust all around.
This would be the way to go if you like the salmon skin on! You’ll want to start the salmon skin side down, then flip to all sides every 30-40 seconds.
Salmon cooks in only a couple of minutes in a hot pan! So, it’s a great choice for a healthy dinner that’s on the dinner table in no time at all.
Whichever cooking technique you decide to use, just remember high temperature is best! A hot skillet will do wonders for your blackened salmon recipe!
After your salmon is cooked, drizzle the honey garlic butter glaze you made earlier.
I popped mine back under the broiler so the sauce really “adhered” to each piece, but it’s totally not necessary!
What could you serve with these blackened salmon bites?
- Creamy Coconut Rice
- Sweet Potatoes that you rub in blackened seasoning too!
- Skillet Grilled Green Beans are a wonderful side dish idea!
- Cream Roasted Cauliflower would give the perfect base for the sweet and spicy fish!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What spices work well with salmon?
Blackening seasoning, cajun seasoning, or creole seasoning will bring some heat to your fish fillets! But you could also do something more herby and delicate like dill, thyme, or rosemary, with a little lemon juice.
What is the difference between blackening seasoning and cajun seasoning?
Cajun seasoning tends to be spicier than blackening. Although both have pepper elements!
What can I do with the leftover salmon?
If you find yourself with leftovers you can make Salmon Cakes or top a salad with the blackened salmon the next day! You could also use the blackened salmon fillets for salmon tacos!
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Blackened Salmon Bites with Garlic Honey Butter is an incredible recipe with just a few simple ingredients and your broiler for an easy dinner!
- 1, 8 ounce Salmon Fillet, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 TBS Olive Oil
- 1 TBS Blackening Seasoning
Honey Garlic Glaze
- 1 TBS Honey
- 1 Garlic Clove, grated
- 2 TBS Butter
- Turn your broiler on high.
- To a bowl, add your bite-sized pieces of salmon.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of blackening seasoning over the salmon.
- Using your hands, mix really well until every piece of salmon is coated well. Set to the side.
- To make your Honey Garlic Glaze, in a small bowl, add the 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Using a microplane, carefully grate the garlic clove over the butter and honey.
- Pop this bowl into the microwave for 15 seconds to melt the butter. Stir to combine, and set aside.
- When you’re ready to broil your salmon, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. (We don’t use parchment paper here because parchment paper burns past 400˚!)
- Lay out your salmon pieces with 1-2 inches between each piece.
- Broil on high for 2-3 minutes, then flip to the other side.
- Drizzle the honey butter glaze over top, and serve!
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