Blackened Salmon with Whiskey Butter Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is easy, fast, and melts in your mouth. Be sure to use the freshest salmon you can find. Other blackening seasonings will work, but Emeril's really does give the best flavor. Also don't substitute Scotch or Irish whiskey; while they're great to drink, they don't give the right flavor in this dish. Lastly, and most importantly, be VERY careful when adding the alcohol to the frying pan--you don't want singed eyelashes or worse!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 -16 ounces salmon fillets, 2 total
  • Emeril's Original Essence, original seasoning mix
  • 1 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 12 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cup whiskey or 12 cup brandy (I use Windsor.)
  • 14 cup finely minced shallot
  • 6 tablespoons butter


  1. Generously sprinkle both sides of each salmon fillet with the seasoning mix (you want a good coating).
  2. Rub into the fillet and add more if you end up with bare spots.
  3. Set aside.
  4. With temperature on high, heat the olive oil in a saute pan large enough to hold both fillets.
  5. When it starts to smoke and shimmer, add the butter and swirl just until melted.
  6. Add the fillets and cook over high heat, 1-2 minutes per side until blackened, but not burnt (watch carefully).
  7. Remove from the heat; standing back from the pan, add the whiskey.
  8. Cover the saute pan, return to the burner over med-low, and cook for another 2-4 minutes, depending on the thickness.
  9. When the fish is done through, remove to a plate and keep warm.
  10. Bring the remaining whiskey in the pan to a simmer, add the minced shallot, and whisk in the remaining butter, one tablespoon at a time.
  11. Let each addition melt before adding another.
  12. Whisk constantly.
  13. Pour over salmon and serve.