Blackened Salmon with Tarragon Blue Cheese

Blackened Salmon with Tarragon Blue Cheese

Blackened Salmon with Tarragon Blue Cheese


by Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

1 lb fresh salmon fillets

½ cup light cream

1 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp butter, unsalted

2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

6 tbsp blue cheese crumbles

1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp fresh lemon zest

Blackening spice:

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (no salt)
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tbsp cilantro


Mix  blackening spice ingredients in a small bowl

Sprinkle fish with blackening spice then proceed to sear in canola oil and butter until golden brown for 3-6 minutes on medium-high heat on each side in a nonstick pan. Remove and let rest.

Prepare sauce while fish is resting then serve.

To prepare the sauce, heat cream, lemon juice and zest until simmering on medium-high heat. Lower heat and add tarragon, blue cheese, celery seed, black pepper and cilantro. Stir until well mixed, turn off heat and pour over fish.


Serves 4 (1 serving = 5 ounces)

Nutrient Analysis:

Calories: 338 calories

Trans Fat: 0 grams

Protein: 26 grams

Cholesterol: 108 milligrams

Carbohydrate: 4 grams

Potassium: 422 milligrams

Total Fat: 25 grams

Phosphorus: 294 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 10 grams

Sodium: 211 milligrams