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Baked Blackened Salmon and Grits

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This fish and grits recipe features baked blackened salmon and grits. It’s the perfect dinner for two recipe and great for busy weeknights when you want something quick and easy in under 30 minutes. It also makes for a delicious, savory brunch recipe!

baked blackened salmon fish and grits

Fish and grits is a classic Southern dish that combines the savory flavors of fish with the comforting texture of grits. Our recipe features delicious baked blackened salmon paired with buttery and creamy grits.

It’s perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner or a special date night for two. We were inspired by the idea of creating a flavorful recipe that has those comforting Southern roots but is still a healthy and delicious choice.

It was Marrekus’ idea to pair the baked blackened salmon with grits – fish and grits is a Southern favorite! The result? A match made in heaven that’s not only tasty but also takes less than 30 mins to whip up. Faster than our shrimp and grits recipe.

Of course, we used our homemade blackened seasoning. It’s a blend of spices that adds a kick of flavor to the salmon. If you’re not in the mood to DIY, just grab a store-bought version. No stress, no fuss. Cajun spices also works well too.

Yes, Southern soul food can be healthy too! You can skip the heavy cream and butter or forgo the grits altogether. Other options to pair your blackened salmon with include some healthy Southern sides like sautéed greens, roasted veggies, or a fresh salad.

So, join us in the kitchen, and let’s get cooking!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • HEALTHY SALMON – Packed with omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, baked salmon is a wholesome choice for your heart and your taste buds.
  • CREAMY GRITS – These grits are rich and creamy, adding a touch of indulgence to the dish.
  • DIY SEASONING – The homemade blackened seasoning adds bold, robust flavor, and enhances the taste of this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Salmon
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Blackened Seasoning
  • Chicken broth or water
  • Grits
  • Heavy cream
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Note: Most grocery stores have two main types of grits: instant or quick-cooking grits and regular or old-fashioned grits. This recipe uses regular (old-fashioned) grits. They take about 15 minutes to make and have a heartier, coarser texture compared to instant grits.

Substitutions & Variations

  • Fish: You can use catfish, trout, or tilapia instead of salmon.
  • Grits: Stone ground grits are less processed, but they take a bit longer to cook. If you’re short on time, you can use instant or quick-cooking grits, which cook much faster.
  • Spices: Instead of the blackened seasoning, you can use Cajun or opt for simple lemon juice, garlic, and herbs.

How to Make Baked Blackened Salmon

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels.
  3. Brush each salmon fillet with melted butter or drizzle with olive oil, ensuring they are well-coated on all sides.
  4. Sprinkle the Blackened Seasoning generously over the greased salmon, rubbing it into the flesh to create a flavorful crust.
  5. Place seasoned salmon fillets in a lightly greased baking dish, leaving some space between each fillet.
  6. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets, so keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.
  7. Once baked, remove from the oven and serve over cooked grits.

How to Make Grits

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring 2 cups of chicken broth or water to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, gradually whisk in the grits, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let grits simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Allow the grits to cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until they reach your desired consistency.
  5. Stir in butter and heavy cream. You can also add cheese if desired.
  6. Serve the grits hot with blackened salmon.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh salmon for the best flavor and texture. Freshly squeezed lemon juice can also enhance the overall freshness of the dish.
  • Check Salmon Doneness: Keep a close eye on the baked salmon to prevent overcooking. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
  • Resting Time: Allow the baked salmon to rest for a few minutes after baking before serving. This helps the juices redistribute, keeping the fish moist.
  • Constant Stirring: Once the grits are added, keep stirring regularly. This helps distribute the heat evenly and prevents the grits from settling at the bottom and forming lumps.
  • Experiment with Grits: Try adding grated cheese or even a dollop of cream cheese to the grits for added richness and flavor.

What to serve with Fish and Grits

Fish and grits make a delicious and hearty dish, and there are various sides that complement this meal well. Here are some ideas:

  • Sautéed spinach with garlic and olive oil
  • A simple mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette
  • Warm cornbread or flaky biscuits
baked blackened salmon fish and grits

FAQ

Can I use frozen salmon for this recipe?

Fresh salmon is recommended for the best flavor and texture, but you can also use thawed frozen salmon.

What’s the best type of grits to use?

This recipe uses old-fashioned grits, but you can use instant or quick-cooking grits for a quicker meal. If time is not an issue, try stone-ground grits. Be sure to follow the directions on the back of the package.

How do I prevent baked salmon from sticking to the baking dish?

Grease the baking dish lightly with oil or non-stick cooking spray before placing salmon fillets.

Can I substitute the blackened seasoning with another spice mix?

Yes, you can customize it to your liking. Cajun seasoning or a simple blend of paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder work well.

Can I use fried fish?

Absolutely! Using fried fish, especially catfish, is a delicious alternative for fish and grits.

Summary

Experience Southern comfort on your plate with our easy recipe for fish and grits, featuring perfectly seasoned blackened salmon and creamy, buttery grits.

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Baked Blackened Salmon and Grits

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: main course
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: southern, cajun

Description

This fish and grits recipe features baked blackened salmon and grits. It’s the perfect dinner for two recipe and great for busy weeknights when you want something quick and easy in under 30 minutes. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (or 1 tablespoon olive oil) 
  • 2 tablespoons Blackened Seasoning

Grits

  • 2 cups chicken broth (alternatively, use water)
  • 1/2 cup grits (regular, old-fashioned)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher 
  • Cheese, or other desired toppings
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Brush each salmon fillet with melted butter (or olive oil), ensuring they are well-coated on all sides.
  3. Sprinkle the Blackened Seasoning generously over the salmon, rubbing it into the flesh to create a flavorful crust.
  4. Place seasoned salmon fillets in a lightly greased baking dish, leaving some space between each fillet.
  5. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. 
  6. Cook Grits: Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepan, bring 2 cups of chicken broth or water to a boil.
  7. Once boiling, gradually whisk in the grits, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let grits simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  9. Allow grits to cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until they reach your desired consistency.
  10. Add heavy cream, butter, and salt. You can also add cheese if desired.
  11. Ladle hot grits into a low bowl and top with blackened salmon fillet. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 servings
  • Calories: 550 kcal
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 1000mg
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated Fat: 19g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Cholesterol: 120g

Keywords: baked blackened salmon, blackened salmon, fish and grits, dinner for 2, 30 minutes or less, quick dinner ideas, easy dinner ideas, healthy dinner ideas

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