Grill Recipe: Blackened Salmon

Abandon hot dogs and burgers because this blackened salmon recipe will have your mouth watering. And with just a handful of ingredients, it’s ridiculously easy to prepare.

Blackened Salmon Recipe

For this recipe, I always opt for fresh salmon filets because they have a richer flavor than frozen fish and the texture works much better for campfire cooking. Previously frozen salmon tend to be thin and burn easily. 


  • Two fresh salmon fillets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp fresh chives 
  • Lemon juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • ½ tbsp honey


  • Lightly coat salmon fillets with olive oil, and season generously with pepper and salt
  • Place cast iron skillet over the fire and allow to heat up for 5 to 8 minutes
  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in the skillet, and then add salmon fillets
  • Cook filets for 3 minutes on each side or until blackened
For sauce
  • Squeeze juice from half a lemon and mix well with ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Add 1tbsp spicy brown mustard and ½ tbsp honey, mix well
  • Add fresh chopped chives and salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve over salmon immediately

I love how the campfire does all the work, infusing the salmon with a delicious smoky flavor. Depending on how lightly I pack for our camping outing, I may serve the blackened salmon with a simple salad or if I pack my camp stove, I make a quick box of pasta to pair with it.