Cajun-Spiced Griddle-Baked Salmon Introducing Cajun-Spiced Griddle-Baked Salmon, a delicious, easy-to-prepare meal! You’ll start by griddling the salmon in a delicious Cajun-inspired blend of spices. But you can also spice it up with an Asian-style blend of ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce or make it Mediterranean-style with a blend of paprika, garlic, oregano, red pepper and lemon juice. Or you can keep it classic with a blend of salt, pepper, and all-natural lemon juice, for a perfectly cooked piece of salmon.
* 4 4-oz wild-caught salmon fillets, skin-on
• 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, Paprika, Garlic, Oregano, Red Pepper, and Lemon Juice (or any other preferred blend), divided
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and halved
• 2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 2 bunches asparagus, woody ends removed
• 2 cups baby spinach
1. Preheat your griddle over medium-high heat.
2. Place the salmon fillets’ skin-side down on a plate. Rub each fillet with 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning.
3. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning.
4. Add in the sweet potatoes, toss to coat in the olive oil mixture, then transfer to the griddle.
5. Add the asparagus to the bowl with the remaining olive oil mixture, and toss to coat then add the asparagus to the griddle.
6. Raise the heat to high and cook the salmon and vegetables for about 7 minutes, flipping the vegetables and turning the fish once halfway through.
7. Once the fish is cooked through and the vegetables are roasted and lightly charred, remove them from the heat.
Helpful hack: For extra flavor, you can drizzle the cooked vegetables with remaining lemon juice from the glaze.
Tips and Variations:
• Serve the cooked salmon and vegetables over a bed of baby spinach or mixed greens for a healthy side salad.
• This dish pairs great with a creamy garlic butter sauce or aioli.
• For a vegan option, try using tofu or tempeh as an alternative to salmon.
• For additional flavor, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or smoked paprika to the Cajun seasoning.
• Swap out the sweet potatoes for other root vegetables like carrots or potatoes.