June 16, 2010

blackened salmon with black beans and spinach

I promised a yummy, healthy recipe on yesterday's post so when I made dinner last night I remembered this delicious meal that I made a year or two ago. I don't remember where the recipe came from but it's incredibly easy and the ingredients are simple. I just love the combination of flavors and you mustn't skip the sour cream on top. It's the best part!

1 pound salmon fillets, skinless and cut into two servings (I buy wild caught Coho salmon from Trader Joe's)
1 (12 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups fresh spinach, cleaned
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Sour cream, for serving

Heat oil over medium high heat in a large saute pan until very hot. Coat the salmon fillets well on both sides with the blackening spice (recipe below) and place in the saute pan. Sear on the first side for about 2 - 3 minutes until you can see that it's starting to cook about halfway through the fillet. Flip over the salmon and add the black beans around it. Place spinach leaves on top of everything and cover. Cook for another 3 or so minutes until the salmon is cooked through and the spinach is completely wilted. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (or creme fraiche) on top.

Blackening Spice
3 Tablespoons kosher salt
3 Tablespoons paprika
1/2 Tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Thanks! This looks great. I really really love your recipes. They're perfectly easy, delicious, and healthy. They remind me a lot of Martha Stewart's Everyday Food.

    We make the caprese pasta at least once a week and I will definitely be trying this one out.

  2. I really need to start cooking healthier! I will have to make this! It looks delicious!

  3. Sorry for the random comment but I just wanted to say that I found your blog and really enjoy it.

    Also I love that you post recipes and I wanted to mention that I have made something really similar but also added corn to the black beans and its really great that way too.

  4. That looks simply divine!! Thanks for sharing!


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