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side shot of creamy stuffed cajun salmon fillets in a skillet


Katerina | Diethood
A simple but extremely flavorful dish of pan fried salmon fillets, stuffed with a Cajun-spiced cream cheese filling.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 4 salmon fillets, 5 ounces each, skin on
  • 2 teaspoons smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided (you can also use olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  • Using a paring knife, cut a slit on the side of each salmon fillet to create a pocket. Do not cut all the way through.
    raw salmon fillets with pockets
  • Season salmon fillets with paprika, marjoram, salt, and pepper. Rub in the seasonings with your fingers. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and cajun seasoning; mix and stir until well incorporated. Taste and adjust accordingly. If you like a spicier filling, add some cayenne pepper.
  • Spoon the seasoned cheese mixture into the fish pockets.
    raw salmon fillets filled with creamy cajun filling
  • Heat 1 ½ tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil) in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add 2 salmon fillets to the skillet, skin-side down.
  • Cook for 6 minutes, or until fillets are cooked about three-quarters of the way up.
  • Using a fish spatula, carefully flip over the fillets; add ½ tablespoon butter and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Slowly remove cooked fish from the pan, trying not to lose any of that filling. Set fish aside.
  • Add remaining oil to the skillet; cook remaining two fillets for 6 minutes; flip, add remaining butter, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish salmon with chopped parsley.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.


  • NET CARBS: 3 g
  • WW Points were calculated with FAT FREE SHREDDED CHEESE and FAT FREE CREAM CHEESE. Points increase significantly if you use full fat cheeses.
  • DO NOT crowd the pan. It is best to cook two salmon fillets at a time.


Calories: 534 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 35 g | Fat: 42 g | Saturated Fat: 16 g | Cholesterol: 147 mg | Sodium: 314 mg | Potassium: 842 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 2212 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 170 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 3 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salmon recipe, healthy dinner idea, keto friendly recipes, low carb seafood recipes, stuffed salmon recipe