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Perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, this blackened salmon is served with a fresh and fruity mango avocado salsa for a healthy and filling meal that the whole family will love. Ready to serve in 20 minutes, it’s a great go to after a busy day, but fancy enough to serve to company!

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I love how easy and delicious this Blackened Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa is. I made it few weeks ago when we had family visiting. I wanted to serve something that is easy to prepare for 8 people but also delicious. Everyone loved this dish!

The mango avocado salsa adds a lot of freshness to this dish, and while the dressing is very simple, it’s absolutely fantastic and so flavorful. The lime juice is the star of the dressing. The mango avocado salsa goes wonderfully with the blackened salmon. 

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! It’s so easy and is sure to be a hit!

Be sure to try my Salmon Tacos and Salmon Patties too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Healthy: Fish is so great to include in your balanced diet. Low in saturated fat and high in protein, as well as being delicious! You also get lots of vitamins from the fruit salsa!
  • Quick and easy: The salmon is baked in the oven while you prep the salsa, so it takes no time at all to get dinner on the table!
  • So delicious! This salmon recipe is so wonderfully fresh and light, but filling at the same time. The salsa is acidic and creamy and adds a wonderful burst of flavor.

Ingredients

  • Salmon: For the best taste and texture use fresh salmon fillets. Use a sustainable variety if you can.
  • Oil: Any high heat neutral oil will work well.
  • Seasonings: Paprika, cumin, thyme, oregano, onion powder, garlic, chili powder, cayenne and salt and pepper.
  • For the mango avocado salsa:
    • Mango
    • Avocado
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Red onion
    • Lime juice: Use fresh lime juice for the zestiest flavor.
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper: Added to taste

How to Make Blackened Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa

  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Combine the olive oil and all of the spices in a bowl. Brush on both sides of the salmon.
  • Bake salmon filet at 450 F for about 13 minutes, or until it starts to flake.
  • Meanwhile, combine the salsa ingredients together in a bowl and store in the refrigerator while the fish cooks.
  • Serve hot over cooked quinoa with the mango-avocado salsa spooned over it.
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Can you use frozen salmon?

I always prefer to use fresh when it comes to fish and seafood, but you can easily make this with frozen salmon fillets if you have those to hand. Thaw them fully before seasoning them and pat dry with kitchen paper. Frozen fish tends to hold on to a lot of water, so remove as much as possible so when it cooks it is perfectly flakey.

What is blackened salmon?

In this case, blackened salmon refers to the seasoning that is rubbed onto the fish before cooking. The blackened seasoning is a mix of herbs and spices and it has a hit of spice that works perfectly with the salsa. For a milder flavor, you can omit the cayenne pepper used.

What do you serve it with?

I love to serve this blackened salmon with mango avocado salsa over abed of cooked quinoa, and rice works great too. It’s also delicious paired with potato and veggie sides like:

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Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If you are not a fan of mango, you can easily use stone fruits like peaches or nectarines.
  • Pat the salmon fillets dry before seasoning for the best texture. If the salmon is too wet it can become mushy when it is cooked.
  • Depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets, cooking times can vary. It is done when it is an opaque pink and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Because the mango salsa contains avocado, it’s best not to make it more than a day in advance as it will start to brown.
  • This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.

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Blackened Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa
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Blackened Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa

Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa – a quick meal that can be prepared in just 20 minutes – flaky salmon with a refreshing salsa! Perfect for busy weeknights.
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

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Ingredients  

Mango Avocado Salsa

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Combine the olive oil and all of the spices in a bowl. Brush on both sides of the salmon.
  • Bake salmon filet at 450 F for about 13 minutes, or until it starts to flake.
  • Meanwhile, combine the salsa ingredients together in a bowl and store in the refrigerator while the fish cooks.
  • Serve hot over cooked quinoa with the mango-avocado salsa spooned over it.

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Notes

  • If you are not a fan of mango, you can easily use stone fruits like peaches or nectarines.
  • Pat the salmon fillets dry before seasoning for the best texture. If the salmon is too wet it can become mushy when it is cooked.
  • Depending on the thickness of your salmon fillets, cooking times can vary. It is done when it is an opaque pink and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Because the mango salsa contains avocado, it’s best not to make it more than a day in advance as it will start to brown.
  • This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30.

Nutrition

Serving: 279g | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27.8g | Saturated Fat: 4.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23.2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 351mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 9.5g
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About Neli Howard

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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17 Comments

  1. I, too, love salmon. Years ago I read a recipe that called for marinating the salmon in orange juice for nearly 2 hrs. It’s simply wonderful. It gives the salmon just a little extra flavor but unless someone saw you prepare the salmon, they’d never know it was marinated in orange juice.

  2. This looks really healthy and delicious. <3 I've made a similar one too but serving it with rice, now I think quinoa is a really good alternative.

    1. Thanks, Juventia! I have served this with rice too, and it’s delicious too. I just prefer to eat more quinoa since it’s more nutritious.

  3. What a delicious, healthy meal! I love salmon, and also love mango salsa — so this sounds just about perfect!

  4. This looks so good, Neli!! I love salmon and I don’t make it nearly enough. We have been eating a ton of mango salsa though…time to pick up some salmon and put the two of them together!

  5. We eat salmon almost once a week – we love it! Next time, I’ll have to make up a batch of that mango salsa, it looks and sounds fantastic!

  6. Looks beautiful! And I love that mango salsa on top, I once made a crispy chicken dish with a mango salsa that was awesome too!