Blackened Salmon with Avocado Cucumber Salsa


Total Time:

20 minutes



Blackened Salmon with Avocado Cucumber Salsa! It’s a mix of spicy (from the seasoning mix) and cool (from the avocado cucumber salsa) and when you put everything together it’s a recipe for success!

Blackened Salmon from (@whatsgabycookin)

Serving a big side of salmon is my favorite way to feed 6+ people! It’s a no-brainer when it comes to prep work and you can serve it up alongside a big loaded salad and a few of your favorite sides like this or this.

Blackened Salmon with Avocado Cucumber Salsa from (@whatsgabycookin)

You’ll have a little bit of the spice mixture left over after whipping this up – and it’s great on some grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or another fish! You could even sprinkle it over a sheet pan of veggies before roasted to give everything a good kick!

Blackened Salmon with Avocado Cucumber Salsa

Blackened Salmon with Avocado Cucumber Salsa! It’s a mix of spicy (from the seasoning mix) and cool (from the avocado cucumber salsa) and when you put everything together it’s perfection.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people


  • 1 2-pound side of salmon
  • 2 tablespoons ground paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

For the Avocado Cucumber Salsa

  • 2 persian cucumbers diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 avocados peeled, seeded, diced
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, mix paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, salt, white pepper, black pepper, thyme, basil and oregano.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place salmon on foil lined baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and season the top liberally with the spice mixture. Reserve extra for another use.
  • Bake salmon for about 15-20 minutes until done. Remove and transfer to a serving platter. Top with Avocado Cucumber Salsa and lemon wedges before serving.

For the Avocado Cucumber Salsa

  • Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Marian Cooper Cairns / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Tori//Gringalicious

    Oh my goodness! What an amazing main and I’ve never even thought of adding cucumbers to my salsa before! It’s brilliant!!!

  2. Danielle

    Hi Gaby! Would you normally do this with salmon that has skin on one side, and only season the other side? Thanks!

    • Melissa

      5 stars
      Making this AND cheesy kale pasta tonight! Two of our faves, can’t wait!

  3. Julie @ Table for Two

    This looks so refreshing and the flavors sound awesome!!

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  5. MB

    Is that 12 pound piece of salmon, or 1-2 pound? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 12 pound piece before.

  6. Sommer @aspicyperspective

    My mouth is watering over this salmon! I’m loving the salsa too!

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  9. marjanne turton

    I made this salmon and cucumber salsa yesterday it’s
    really a wonderful combination!! great flavors!!

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  11. Aimee

    Hi Gabby – I love spice but found this to be extra spicy! Is cutting the cayenne your recommendation? I’d like to serve it to a group. Thanks!

    • Gaby

      yup!! just leave it out next time and you’ll be golden

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  13. Francie

    Wonderful Gaby! My salmon never looks this appetizing. I always get the white fat that bubbles up out of top. Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent that from happening?

    • Gaby

      that happens to me sometimes too!! It’s just the way salmon cooks

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  15. Natalya

    5 stars
    This is SO good. And the salsa– I make double the portion because it is AMAZING.

  16. Corrine

    5 stars
    This was a perfect balance of spicy and cool – the cucumber avocado salad paired so well.

  17. Peggy

    Definitely want to make this but we don’t have chives – we do have tons of scallions – would that be a good sub? Or just leave the chives out?

  18. Ashley McMillan

    5 stars
    I used wild caught salmon and was in a hurry so used blackening seasoning instead of making it – but this avocado cucumber salsa was amazing! I want to figure out other things to put it on! Super easy meal with Harvest Grains from Trader Joe’s. Thank you Gaby!

  19. Kaitlin

    5 stars
    The flavor combination is amazing! I don’t like a lot of spice so I left the cayenne pepper out and it still turned out great!

  20. Kaitlin

    5 stars
    I’m currently doing Whole30 and this recipe has been a life saver for our family. We eat it weekly!

  21. Kris Washburn

    5 stars
    Thank you Gaby, I made this on Father’s Day and we loved it!!!!