Fresh and delicious Blackened Salmon topped with Mango Black Bean Relish is a quick and elegant meal. Gourmet dinner at home couldn't get any easier!
Serve this over mashed cauliflower, mashed potatoes, rice, or quinoa. Or stuff it all in a tortilla and make salmon tacos!
I am so excited to share this recipe with everyone! I created this recipe for Randall Beans when they asked for a dinner recipe that was "easy and elegant."
I knew it was going to be a great combination of flavors when I came up with this recipe, but I didn't fully realize how amazing this was going to taste until I made it! This is one of my favorite things I've eaten in a long time, and my husband agrees.
It's now in regular rotation in our house. And it should be in yours! Let me tell you why.
Related recipe: Crab Cakes with Mango Relish
In this recipe, salmon is seasoned generously with Cajun seasoning and pan-seared for just 2-3 minutes. Just enough time for the salmon to cook, but not overcook so it doesn't get dry and rubbery. While the salmon cooks, the seasoning turns a rich brown/black color and gives the salmon an amazing spicy, fresh, smoky flavor.
Related recipe: Cajun Salmon Bites
I love using this Cajun seasoning if I am using store-bought Cajun seasoning. It doesn't have any funky preservatives or salt, so you have control over the flavor of your dishes. It comes in a packet that is enough for several dinners but not enough so it gets lost in the back of your pantry and gets stale and loses flavor before you get a chance to use it. Perfect!
It's the simplest possible way to make blackened salmon without having to take out a bunch of spices from your pantry. If you love blackened seasoning, I have a from-scratch recipe here in my Blackened Chicken recipe.
Make sure to save the skin from the cooked salmon to make crispy salmon bacon!
Related recipe: Blackened Salmon Rice Bowls
Mango Black Bean Relish
The Mango Black Bean Relish that I serve over the salmon is so fresh and light, with just the right amount of fruity mango and citrusy lime juice to pull it all together. I also add chopped bell pepper to the relish to give it a juicy crunch.
The relish itself makes an amazing salad / salsa that tastes delicious with tortilla chips. But the relish REALLY shines when served with the blackened salmon because the sweet, juicy relish complements the smoky, spicy Cajun-flavored salmon.
Every bite is just perfect together. It's a similar vibe to my trout tacos with mango salsa.
Related recipe: Mango Desserts to Try
What to serve with this Blackened Salmon
I served this Blackened Salmon and Mango Black Bean Relish with mashed cauliflower to make really healthy and somewhat low-carb dinner.
It would also go great with so many other side dishes such as grits, rice (cilantro lime rice would be awesome!), quinoa, or mashed potatoes.
The whole recipe is super easy and quick to make, and it is super healthy. I also love how colorful it is - this will look gorgeous on your dinner plate! 🙂
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Mango Black Bean Relish over Blackened Salmon
- 4 small salmon fillets
- 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning - (use more or less to taste, or try it with chili powder instead!)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 mango
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1 14-oz can black beans - , drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves - , chopped
- 2 scallions - , chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lime - (about 1 tablespoon)
- 1/4 teaspoons salt - (or more to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper - , to taste
- Season each salmon fillet with about 1 teaspoon Cajun spice. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, and cook the salmon over high heat about 2-3 minutes per side, or until it is cooked to your liking.
- Peel and dice the mango into small pieces (about 1/4 - 1/3 inch). Remove the seeds and the pith from the red bell pepper and dice the bell pepper into small pieces about the same size as the mango.
- In a large bowl, combine the diced mango, bell pepper, black beans, cilantro leaves, scallions, lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes before serving to allow the flavors to fuse together
The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.
Little Cooking Tips
Thursday 11th of May 2017
This is a filling, rich and tasty recipe! Fantastic idea Kate, and totally innovative! We've never seen something similar elsewhere, kudos! Our warmest wishes for an easy, safe delivery and a healthy child sweetie! Is the date near now? Sending you our love from Athens, Mirella and Panos
Wednesday 24th of May 2017
Thank you so much! :) The date is *very* near - early June! We cannot wait.