Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa Recipe

This recipe combines the rich, smoky flavor of blackened salmon with the sweet and spicy notes of a fresh mango salsa. It’s a delightful dish that’s both colorful and flavorful, perfect for a special dinner or a healthy weeknight meal. Here’s how to prepare it:


For the Mango Salsa:

  • 2 cups freshly chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Blackened Salmon:

  • 4 (5-6 ounce) fresh salmon fillets, preferably skin-off
  • 1 tablespoon packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Lemon or lime wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Prepare the Mango Salsa:
    • In a medium bowl, combine the chopped mango, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and red pepper flakes.
    • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix well and set aside for the flavors to meld.
  2. Prepare the Salmon Seasoning:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Season the Salmon:
    • Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Rub each fillet evenly with the spice mixture, making sure to cover all sides.
  4. Cook the Salmon:
    • Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and foaming.
    • Place the salmon fillets in the skillet, and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the exterior is crisp and blackened and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Serve:
    • Plate each salmon fillet and top with a generous amount of mango salsa.
    • Serve with lemon or lime wedges on the side if desired.


  • Mango Selection: Choose ripe mangos for the best flavor and texture in the salsa. If mangos are out of season, you can substitute with peaches or pineapple for a different twist.
  • Adjust the Heat: Modify the amount of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes according to your taste preferences.
  • Serving Suggestions: This dish pairs beautifully with a side of coconut rice or a fresh green salad to balance out the flavors.


Blackened salmon with mango salsa is a vibrant and tasty dish that brings together a variety of flavors and textures. The spiciness of the blackened salmon perfectly complements the sweet and tangy mango salsa, making it a dish that’s sure to impress both family and guests. Enjoy this delicious, visually appealing meal any time you want to add a special touch to your dining table.