And since it is gluten-free, quinoa is a great healthful alternative if you cannot consume gluten carbs such as rice, bread, and pasta.
Ingredients You'll Need
The rich buttery taste of a delicate salmon fillet is mere heaven on a plate. That’s why you should make sure to pick a good one.
Just pay attention to the color, the texture, and the odor. A fresh salmon fillet should have a bright and even pigmentation, a nice firmness when touched, and no fishy smell.
For this recipe, we use fresh Sockeye salmon fillets for their deep rich flavor and firm texture. Still, you can go with any other type of salmon you particularly love.
Also, if you can’t purchase fresh salmon fillets, as we recommend, you can go with frozen salmon for almost similar results.
Of course, we need some spices to liven things up.
For marinating salmon, we use a mixture of Cajun seasoning, paprika, salt, and black pepper for a flavor kick.
While cooking, we also add more seasonings. Chicken broth, butter, and extra cajun spice blend give a more in-depth profile to our salmon, while a drizzle of lemon juice and honey adds a sweet citrus note for a bright aroma.
We use mixed quinoa seeds for this recipe. The combination of white, red, and black quinoa adds extra flavors and textures to our dish, and gives it a nice splash of colors for visual effect.
While white quinoa is the most subtle in flavor with a mildly sweet hint, the other darker two are nuttier and earthier in taste. Together, they make an interesting colorful mix with a light and fluffy texture, which pairs wonderfully well with our Cajun-style salmon.
To cook the quinoa, simply boil the amount noted in the ingredient list from cold water, then turn the heat to low temperature and cook for a total of fifteen minutes.
What Goes Well With This Dish?
With this Cajun salmon recipe, you can have a fulfilling main course for your dinner menu that goes well with lots of fresh salads and roasted veggies.
Here we recommend pairing this dish with our sweet and creamy Mango Avocado Salsa Recipe for a wonderfully delicious blend of flavors.
How to Store and Reheat
If you have any leftovers, just keep the salmon and the quinoa separate in air-tight containers in the fridge, and they should be good for up to 5 days.
To reheat, it’s best to place them in the oven and cook for 1 minute. If you don’t have an oven, you can pan-sear the salmon in a skillet with a small amount of added water (about 1 fluid oz per serving) for 3-5 minutes or until the liquid has completely drained.
Salmon Ideas for You to Make Alive
First off, we have two recipes featuring salmon filets cooked with extra care: pan-seared and crispy skin. They are a bit different in taste and complementaries, but they are so similarly flavorful we can’t seem to pick a favorite. We think it’s best that you look at both and be the judge.
If you have salmon steaks instead of filets, we also have a recipe for you. It’s cooked to perfection before dolloped with homemade cream sauce that’s as luscious as heavenly possible. Of course, it’s served with cooked veggies for extra nutrients so both your body and palate are properly pleased.
For more salmon ideas for your next dinner, check out our list.
Within 30 minutes, this Cajun salmon recipe will give you a luscious savory fillet served with colorful mixed quinoa for a hearty healthy main course. Pair it with our delicious mango avocado salsa for a well-rounded eating experience.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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SaVanna Shoemaker is a registered dietitian and freelance health and wellness writer. She’s passionate about whole food-based eating and holistic nutrition, and uses her platform to help people embrace real food and reduce their sugar and processed food intake. Her work has appeared on Healthline, Greatist, Livestrong, Verywell Health, and more. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and weight lifting.
Great! Simple, fast. I made this salmon and it was delicious!
Spicy and flavorful Cajun salmon! Absolutely delicious!