Cajun spiced salmon

Cajun spiced salmon

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 2
This super-zingy salmon supper is perfect for those on a low-salt diet

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal463
  • fat36g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.21g
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  • 2 salmon fillets, about 140g/5oz each
  • juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • pinch chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • ½ tsp smoked paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • pinch of soft brown sugar
  • drizzle of sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • steamed rice, to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

For the salsa

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • splash of olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • bunch of coriander, half roughly chopped, half picked into sprigs


  1. Put the salmon in a bowl, pour over the lime juice and leave the salmon to ‘cure’ for 5 mins. Meanwhile, mix all the spices together with the sugar. Lift the salmon out of the lime juice and roll in the spices so it’s completely coated.

  2. Heat grill to high. Grease a baking tray, then sit the salmon, flesh-side up, on the tray. Grill for 5 mins, until the salmon is cooked through and the edges are starting to blacken. While the salmon is cooking, gently mix all the salsa ingredients together with the roughly chopped coriander. When the fish is cooked, serve with the salsa, some rice and the coriander sprigs.

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Carol Aldrich's picture
Carol Aldrich
12th May, 2020
This went down very well and its a great combination with the salsa. I roasted potatoes with garlic and chilli instead of rice . Delicious!
24th Feb, 2019
Great, simple, fast and delicious recipe. Make a big batch of the salad and have the next day.
2nd Feb, 2016
did this recipe again - this time baked in the oven. Lovely and moist (whereas my gas grill would probably dried the salmon out). Very easy and lots of taste
17th Oct, 2015
For us this is a lunch dish served on a bed of salad leaves without the rice. Beautiful served chilled with ingredients of the salsa developing in the fridge. We felt it was too dry with the rice.
14th Oct, 2014
Very easy. I cooked the salmon under the grill, but might try pan-frying or baking next time.
31st Jul, 2014
This is food we love to eat, fast, tasty and healthy. The spices add wonderful flavour without overpowering the fish. We are cutting carbs, so substituted the rice for haricot verts. Delicious!
1st Jun, 2013
Overall it was delicious... but not as spiced as we'd hoped. Added extra cajun seasoning too but think next time I'd make it spicier still. Might just be my personal preference.
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15th May, 2013
Made this tonnes of times, my boyf really loves it now. At first he wasn't keen on the avocado, but now he's demanding more avocado based dishes!! I mixed the salsa in with the rice and found we preferred that so much better, but absolutely fab recipe!!
13th Nov, 2012
Easy peasy and very tasty.
4th Dec, 2011
Quick & tasty - I used new potatoes instead of rice for a change. I also substituted haddock for salmon for himself as he prefers it and pan fried it with a lid which is much easier than using my grill.


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