Easy Creamy Cajun Salmon

Cajun salmon cooked in creamy garlic herb sauce is the most delicious 15 minute, one pan dinner recipe. Weeknight dinner, sorted!

Creamy Cajun Salmon

Ingredients

Full recipe with amounts can be found in the recipe card below. 

  • Salmon. I used skin-on salmon fillets. Any fish can be substituted.
  • Olive oil. 
  • Cajun seasoning. 
  • Butter. 
  • Garlic.
  • Chilli flakes. 
  • Parsley.
  • Dill.
  • Thyme.
  • Cream. Heavy or whipping cream.
  • Lemon juice. 
  • Salt and pepper.
Creamy Cajun Salmon

How to make Cajun salmon

  1. Season the salmon. Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towel. Drizzle over the olive oil then season generously with Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.
  2. Pan sear the salmon. Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the salmon, skin-side down, and cook for 2-3 minutes until the skin is crisp. Don’t be alarmed if there are blackened bits, the Cajun spice will caramelize. Flip over and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side. Remove from the pan and set aside while you make the sauce.

How to make creamy sauce for salmon

  1. Sauté the aromatics: In the same pan you cooked the salmon, melt the butter then add the garlic and herbs. Sauté for a few minutes until fragrant then pour in the cream and lemon juice. Allow to simmer for a few minutes then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Finish: Add the salmon back to the sauce and allow to simmer for another 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

What to serve with Cajun salmon

  1. 10-minute lemon garlic sautéed broccolini
  2. Crispy salt and pepper smashed potatoes
  3. Easy green salad with lemon Parmesan dressing
Creamy Cajun Salmon

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Cajun salmon

Easy Creamy Cajun Salmon

Cajun salmon cooked in creamy garlic herb sauce is the most delicious 15 minute, one pan dinner recipe. Weeknight dinner, sorted!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun salmon, pan seared salmon, Sauce for salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 500 g (1lb) salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dill finely chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towel. Drizzle over the olive oil then season generously with Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. 
  • Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Add the salmon, skin-side down, and cook for 2-3 minutes until the skin is crisp.
  • Flip over and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side. Remove from the pan and set aside while you make the sauce.
  • In the same pan you cooked the salmon, melt the butter then add the garlic and herbs.
  • Sauté for a few minutes until fragrant then pour in the cream and lemon juice.
  • Allow to simmer for a few minutes then season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the salmon back to the sauce and allow to simmer for another 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2472IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg

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3 Comments

  1. Can almond milk be substitute for cream? Thanks. I have made before with no substitutions and it’s delicious.

    1. It definitely won’t cook into a thicker sauce like cream does but you could, if necessary. I would add a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed into the almond milk for a thicker texture.

  2. My family loves salmon so I’m always looking for new unique delicious ways to make it. This recipe was amazing & did not disappoint. It was packed with SO much flavour & was a huge hit. Thanks for this, it’s a keeper!