Blackened Salmon

Contributed by Ali Masters  (Just tried it tonight and it was yummy!  Served with rice and veggies.)

2 1/2 tbsp paprika

3/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp garlic powder

…1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

3 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter

juice of 1 lemon

4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skinned

Heat oven to 400.  Combine the paprika, cayenne, thyme, garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp of the salt in a shallow bowl.  In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt 2 1/2 tbsp of the butter.  Add the lemon juice.  Working with 1 salmon fillet at a time, dip the top and bottom halves first in the lemon butter, then in the spices.  Heat a large ovenproof skillet over med-high heat.  Cook the salmon until blackened, 2 minutes per side.  Transfer to the oven for 8 minutes.  Serve with a lemon wedge.

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