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The Best Pan-Seared Salmon Bites – Easy Recipe!

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The Best Pan Seared Salmon Bites are an easy recipe and perfect weeknight meal. Rich, buttery salmon is coated with a homemade blackening seasoning that is smoky, spicy, and just slightly sweet. Also, small pieces of salmon cook quickly, ensuring dinner can be on the table in less than 15 minutes. It’s only 290 calories per serving. Serve with rice or in a delicious bowl with avocado and veggies!

salmon Bites plated with rice and lemon

We love Salmon recipes in our home; this blackened salmon bites recipe is one of our favorites. Seafood is rich in healthful omega-3 fat and is recommended in the Mediterranean and Paleo Diets. We eat seafood weekly, and this recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. You might also enjoy pairing this recipe with our sweet and crunchy Mango Slaw. This recipe is also gluten-free!

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Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe for Salmon Bites

Ingredients for Salmon Bites recipe
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 salmon filets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Ingredient Notes

  • Use thick skinless salmon filets for best results and even cooking
  • We used Spicely organic smoked paprika – certified gluten-free
Spicely Organic Paprika Smoked 1 Lb Bag Certified Gluten Free
  • Certified USDA Organic, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher. Certifications available at Spicely Organics.
  • Compact sizes great for sampling
  • Minimal packaging used to reduce environmental impact
  • Bags are nonresealable

How To Make Blackened Salmon Bites- Step by Step

  1. Combine the smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper, basil, oregano, and brown sugar to make the blackening seasoning.
  2. Pat the salmon filets dry with a paper towel and cut them into large chunks.
  3. In a large bowl or a Ziploc bag, toss the salmon chunks with the blackening seasoning, ensuring they are evenly coated on all sides.
  4. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon bites to the pan. Cook the salmon for about 2 minutes on each side until it reaches a safe internal temperature of 145 degrees F. 
  5. Remove the salmon bites from the pan carefully and serve with your favorite rice and veggies!


Tips

  • Once the salmon is cooked through it will flake apart easily. Use tongs to gently turn the salmon bites and remove them from the pan to keep them from breaking apart.
  • Thicker salmon filets work better for making salmon bites. I recommend filets that are at least an inch thick. Avoid very thin filets – like the tail portion.
  • Make sure to use skin-off salmon filets, or remove the skin prior to cutting the salmon into chunks.
  • This salmon is delicious served over rice. Try pairing it with a fruit salsa, like pineapple, mango, or strawberry salsa. The sweetness of the fruit is a nice balance to the smoky spice of the blackening seasoning.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions about making Salmon Bites recipes.

What are Salmon Bites made of?

Salmon Bites are cubes of raw salmon marinated in your favorite seasonings and sauteed in olive oil or butter. You can also make air fryer salmon bites. What’s beautiful about this recipe is its simplicity and ease in preparation.

I hope you loved this Salmon Bites Recipe. If you make it, leave a rating so I know you liked it!

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salmon Bites plated with rice and lemon
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Salmon bites are a perfect weeknight meal. Rich, buttery salmon is coated with a homemade blackening seasoning that is smoky, spicy, and just slightly sweet. Small chunks of salmon cook supper quickly, ensuring dinner can be on the table in less than 15 minutes!

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-6 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10-12 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 salmon filets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine the smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper, basil, oregano, and brown sugar to make the blackening seasoning.
  2. Pat the salmon filets dry with a paper towel and cut them into large chunks.
  3. In a large bowl or a Ziploc bag, toss the salmon chunks with the blackening seasoning, making sure the salmon is evenly coated on all sides.
  4. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon bites to the pan. Cook the salmon for about 2 minutes on each side, until it reaches a safe internal temperature of 145 degrees F. 
  5. Remove the salmon bites from the pan carefully and serve with your favorite rice and veggies!

Notes

  • Use thick skinless salmon filets for best results and even cooking
  • We used Spicely organic smoked paprika – certified gluten-free

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