Prep Time:  10 mins
Cook Time:  7-8 mins
Total Time:  18 mins
Servings:  1

With only a handful of basic ingredients and a cast iron skillet, you can make flavorful blackened salmon on the grill! This Mexican-inspired salmon recipe uses ingredients like chili powder and smoked paprika to spice things up — in fact, the seasoning blend is so good that we encourage you to try it on other frozen fish or even chicken.


  • 1 6oz salmon fillet
  • tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Lemon and lime wedges (for garnish)
  • Cilantro rice (for garnish)

Items You'll Need


  1. Place a cast iron skillet on the grill grates and preheat your grill to high heat.
  2. While your grill is preheating, pat dry the salmon and use fish-bone pliers to make sure all bones are removed.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, lime zest, and lime juice into a paste.
  4. Salmon fillet on cast iron skillet with charred lemons and limes
  5. Coat the meat side of the salmon with the paste.
  6. Place salmon on the skillet, meat side down. Let cook for 3½–4 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the fillet.
  7. Serve as is or on a bed of cilantro rice, and garnish with wedges. Enjoy!