With four simple ingredients, this Grilled Cajun Salmon Bites Recipe is perfect for an appetizer or a main dish. This easy recipe shows how a simple cooking process can deliver perfectly cooked salmon in a fast and easy method. You'll love this quick meal made on the grill.
I love the taste of this cajun salmon recipe. I make it as a main course all the time and then pair a few simple side dishes with it to round out the meal. The fun part about this delicious crowd-pleasing dinner is that you can change the way it tastes easily so that it's new and different each time.
Adding some Thai sweet chili sauce as a dipper adds a bit of spice, or you can simply squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top for fresh flavor. If you're a salmon lover, you'll appreciate this new way to cook salmon in a flavorful and delicious way. I used to cook salmon in the traditional oven, but I've switched to preferring this cooking method now.
If you're a fan of fish recipes, be sure to check out my Bacon Wrapped Salmon for fun flavors as well.
Salmon - I use wild-caught salmon or wild salmon for this recipe.
Cajun Seasoning - This is a bit of a spicy seasoning, but not overly spicy.
Olive Oil - You can also use coconut oil or avocado oil for flavoring.
Lemon - This is used to squeeze over the top of the salmon bites once they're cooked.
How To Make This Grilled Cajun Salmon Bites Recipe
Step One: Remove the salmon skin and cut the salmon fillets into cubes or pieces. Season the salmon bites with the cajun spices until coated well.
Step Two: Place the salmon bites onto the grilling pan, giving space between each one. This will help the heat circulate and cook them all the way.
Step Three: Place the pan on the grill grate and cook.
Remove once all the salmon bites are fully cooked.
Add other seasonings - While I love the Cajun seasoning on these salmon cubes, you can easily use other seasonings to add flavor to the bites of salmon. Garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and even soy sauce are all options that you can add to create different flavors.
Cook the salmon nuggets in the air fryer - The thing about cooking flavorful salmon is that you have options in how to cook it. You can speed up the cooking time by cutting up the piece of salmon and adding the nuggets to an air fryer basket. The high temperature cooks the fresh salmon quickly, leaving the outside crispy and the middle soft and tender.
Use different dipping sauces - The best way to alter a recipe without really having to alter it is to pair the tender salmon bites with a different dipping sauce. You can use bang bang sauce, creamy chili sauce, or even just plain old ranch.
Why do people put lemon on salmon?
You'll find that a lot of easy salmon recipes have either lemon juice or lime juice as a garnish. This is because the acidity of the lemon pairs really well with the fatty flavor and content of the salmon. Just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice goes a long way in terms of flavoring.
Can I cook salmon on the stovetop?
Absolutely. The great thing about cooking skinless salmon fillets is that they're versatile in the cooking process used. You can literally use the air fryer, stovetop, oven, or grill - and get the best results possible each time.
Just be sure that when you cook salmon, you cook them in a single layer on the baking sheet, pan, grill, or pan.
At what internal temperature is salmon fully cooked?
To be considered cooked fully and safe to eat, the internal temperature of salmon should be 145 degrees. You can use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature to make sure that it's cooked all the way.
What side dishes pair well with salmon cooked on the grill?
That's up to you and your tastebuds. You can keep this recipe light and simple by pairing it with cucumber salad, cauliflower rice, or a simple side salad.
Other side dishes that pair well with cooked salmon are white rice, cooked asparagus, and grilled vegetables.
The fun part about making salmon bites is that the additions are simple. Salmon is a really versatile ingredient that can be paired with just about anything. Have fun trying out new side dishes and seeing what you like the best.
Grilled Cajun Salmon Bites
- 1 lb salmon
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- 1 tablespoon oil
- wedge of lemon
- Preheat grill to medium high. Grease a grill pan.
- Coat the salmon bites in the oil and the seasoning.
- Grill the salmon for about 8-10 minutes until cooked through.