Cajun Blackened Salmon
This sous vide cajun blackened salmon will transport you straight to the buzzing city of New Orleans. In this recipe, we share our secret blend of herbs and spices to create a masterful, cajun inspired seasoning mix. Apply this seasoning liberally on tender and juicy sous vide salmon and you’ve got yourself one delicious meal.
The recipe calls for more seasoning then you should apply on the salmon, but we’ve got a feeling you won’t mind. The cajun seasoning is so good, you may just have to use the extras on everything for the next week.
Time and Temperature
Cooking salmon at 53C/128F for 45 minutes is our favorite time and temperature. Cooking the fish for 45 minutes is the sweet spot for a tender, juicy salmon. Also, cooking at a temperature of 128F results in a firm fish with unbelievable texture. Just make sure you have a reliable sous vide that accurately regulates the temperature of the bath or your results may vary (check out the Anova or Joule).
Although this combination of time and temperature is our favorite, we recommend you explore different combinations to find your personal favorite. Cooking fish sous vide yields a unique texture that you can’t achieve through other cooking methods, and is worth trying. For example, cooking at lower temperatures like 110F results in an incredibly tender and soft fish, similar to the texture of sashimi. To explore other time and temperature options, check out our cooking guide here.
Although you only need a sous vide machine for this recipe, it helps to know you are equipped with the best kitchen tools possible. Below are equipment we feel will give this recipe an extra boost. You can also check out our full list of recommended gear here.
Cast Iron Skillet – If you are looking to take your searing game to the next level, we recommend you invest in a cast iron skillet. By using a cast iron in this recipe, you’ll achieve a deep, blackened sear on the salmon. Cast irons are also extremely handy for searing just about any and all sous vide meat. Lodge offers the best quality and price, which is why it is our favorite cast iron brand.
Sous Vide Cajun Blackened Salmon
- 1 lb fresh salmon
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Set sous vide machine to 53.5C/128F.
In a jar, mix together salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme and cayenne pepper to create cajun seasoning mix.
Season the salmon with cajun seasoning to taste. Place the salmon in a freezer bag, and remove the air through a vacuum sealer or the displacement method. Drop salmon in the bath for 45 minutes.
Remove bag from bath. Gently take salmon out of the bag, pat dry and lightly re-season with cajun seasoning.
Heat medium size skillet on high and add oil. Sear for 1 -2 minutes fish side down, and 1 minute skin side down. Remove from pan, serve and enjoy!
The salmon will be extremely delicate once it is cooked sous vide. Make sure to handle the fish with care when removing it from the bag or flipping on pan to prevent it from breaking apart.