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Cajun Blackened Salmon Mojito


This simple yet healthy dish features spice-dusted salmon served with a dressing made with avocado, fresh lime juice, coriander and mint.

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The recipe is among 130 low-carb and keto-friendly recipes contained in new cookbook What the Fat? Recipes, written by the team behind previous bestselling titles What the Fat? and What the Fast?

Cajun Blackened Salmon Mojito    

With a funky Cuban slant, this is a perfect dish to serve up when you’re in a hurry but still want something delicious. If you want, you can bulk it up with some extra salad ingredients or an additional vegetable accompaniment.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes


For the mojito dressing:
Small bunch of coriander
Small bunch of mint leaves
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp honey (optional)
1 large avocado, diced
Zest and juice of 2 limes

For the salmon and salad:
500–600g salmon, cut into 4 pieces (or 4 fillets)
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large bag (350g) slaw or salad mix, without dressing


Finely chop the coriander and mint, keeping them separate. Place most of the coriander in a bowl and set the rest aside for garnish. Add mint, garlic, honey (if using) and avocado to the bowl and squeeze over most of the lime juice (save some for serving the dish). Mix the mojito dressing together, season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.

Check that there are no bones in the salmon, removing any with tweezers. Dust the salmon pieces with the paprika and cumin and season well with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the salmon, skin side down, and leave to cook for 3–4 minutes until the skin is crispy. Carefully turn the salmon over and cook for a further 2–3 minutes. Remove to a plate, cover with foil and leave to rest.

While the salmon is resting, place the slaw or salad mix in a bowl, add half of the mojito dressing and toss well to coat.

To serve, divide the salad = between plates. Top with the Cajun blackened salmon, and spoon over the remaining lime mojito dressing. Squeeze over the reserved lime juice and sprinkle with the reserved coriander.

Per serve: Carbs, 4.5g; protein, 22.9g; fat, 40.9g; energy, 481 cal.

Text from What the Fat? Recipes by Professor Grant Schofield, Dr Caryn Zinn and Craig Rodger. Photography by Todd Eyre. Murdoch Books RRP $35.


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