My husband and I love blackened fish, however, the store bought versions of blackened seasoning leave a lot to be desired. So the hubby began to tinker with seasonings and in time developed this stellar recipe. Unlike purchased versions that have way too much salt, or salt-free versions that have too little flavor, this recipe is wonderfully balanced and fully flavored. This recipe makes enough for 2 to 3 meals; just keep stored in an air-tight bag or container. Fish that are particularly good blackened include tilapia, grouper, and red snapper as a start.
Keys to success: 1) You’ll want to get your pan very hot so that the fish is seared and a good crust develops. We always cook ours in a caste iron skillet but any pan that can get really hot can be used (I don’t recommend non-stick because the non-stick finish could be damaged at high heat). If you aren’ using caste iron then you may want to spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray prior to heating. 2) Tilapia, grouper and snapper are typically thin and at high heat they don’t take long to cook, just 2 – 3 minutes per side. A quick test to see if the fish flakes when cut into will let you now when it’s done.
Blackened Fish with Homemade Blackened Seasoning
Use 1 1/2 Tbsp. of seasoning for every 2 pieces of fish
- 1 Tbsp and 2 tsp. paprika
- 4 tsp. thyme
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp. cumin
- Add all blackened seasoning ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and store in an air-tight bag or container.
To Make Blackened Fish:
- Pour 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Heat skillet over medium-high heat.
- For every 2 pieces of fish, add 1 1/2 Tbsp. of seasoning to a plate or ziplock bag. Add fish and coat each side thoroughly.
- When skillet is very hot, add fish. Cook 2 to 3 minutes (a bit longer if fish is thicker than 1/2″) until the a nice crust has formed. Turn over and cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until fish easily flakes when cut into.
- Remove from heat and serve.