Jan 24, 2023

Honey and Cajun Spiced Salmon

Over the past couple years, I've gradually adjusting my diet to include more fish instead of red meat. That's partly the reason why there're quite a few salmon recipes on my blog. Not just for its protein and omega-3 fatty acids, the fact that I can easily enjoy big piece of boneless and skinless fish is a huge plus to me. 

The easiest way to cook up salmon is by sprinkling salt and pepper on both sides then give the fish a good sear. However, sometimes I'd like to get creative and adjust the basic flavor with a twist. Just like this recipe, on top of the already delicious Cajun spices, why not introduce honey, the sweet and sticky element to the flavor bunch?

Honey and Cajun spiced salmon - 

Honey and Cajun spiced salmon


  • 4 medium salmon fillet
  • 2 tablespoons honey (avoid the thicker kind)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Some chopped scallion
  • Some toasted white sesame seeds


Pat dry the salmon fillets with paper towel. Mix together the honey, Cajun spice, and salt together. Rub the honey spice mixture all over salmon.

Honey and Cajun spice marinade

It can be hard to rub because the honey makes everything sticky. So sticky that the spices might end up on your fingers instead of the fish. Keep trying, it'll get easier after a while. In fact, I simply took the salmon and rub against the honey mixture alongside the plate instead.

Destem and chop the scallion, set aside for garnish in the end.

Take a non-stick pan and drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Switch to medium heat and wait till the surface gets warm.

Transfer salmon fillets over one by one. Leave them undisturbed at first till the bottom starts to set. Note that the honey can turn browned or even burnt easily, so switch to lower heat if needed.

Continue to sear the fish. Once the bottom seemed to get a nice slightly brown color, flip and continue to sear the other side. 

Searing salmon fillets

Wait till the bottom gets a nice sear then perhaps arrange the salmon side by side in order to sear the sides. When all four sides get a nice sear, transfer the salmon to serving plate.

Searing salmon fillets

I actually served the salmon together with quinoa basmati rice. You can also steam some veggies to make it an even more balanced meal. 

Honey and Cajun spiced salmon

Remember to sprinkle some toasted white sesame seeds and garnish with chopped scallion. If you'd like, I guess a squeeze of lemon wedge can further brighten up the flavor.

Honey and Cajun spiced salmon

The saltiness is about right to me. However, if you prefer a heavier taste of perhaps you've got bigger pieces of salmon fillets, I would suggest double up the amount of salt used in this recipe.  

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