How To Blacken Fish

Blackening fish is a cooking technique using melted butter and sprinkle a combination of herbs, spices, and thyme (an aromatic perennial, evergreen herb).

The characteristic of a blackened fish results from the combination of those ingredients. While this is popular in Cajun cuisine, there was an interesting contemporary cuisine that copies this technique.

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Blackened Seasoning is used when creating Blackened fish, and it would be an advantage if it contains oregano, paprika, and garlic powder.

One of the popular Blackened seasonings is the Homemade Cajun Seasoning, which produces a caramelized brown sugar and is massively helpful in adding great and exquisite flavor.

Best Blackened Fish Recipes

Blackened Tilapia

Tilapia is vastly used in every dish because of its soft, tender meat and it’s easy to prepare because of its natural mild-sweet flavor.

For the Blackened Tilapia ingredients, you have to prepare 4 tilapia fish, 1 slice of lemon, 1 tablespoon of canola or olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of butter.

Meanwhile, for the Blackened Seasoning preparation, the ingredients are garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, ground cumin, and brown sugar.

The instruction is simple and manageable: combine the blackened seasonings and the brown sugar in a small bowl while rubbing over the fish and pan-fry the fish.

Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan or skillet over medium to high heat. When the simmers, add the seasoned fish and drop a few lemon slices and cook until brown per side.  After cooking, serve it in a bowl and add the remaining lemon.

Blackened Fish With Green Rice

This interesting flavor is also inspired by Cajun cuisine during the 1980s. The best fish to use in this cooking style is redfish, but it is also suited to tilapia.

For the ingredients, you have to prepare white rice, parsley, lemon zest, olive oil, Kosher salt and pepper, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, fish fillets, and Lemon Wedges.

While cooking the rice, pulse the parsley, salt and pepper, oil, and lemon zest and chop them finely, then set aside. In a separate bowl, stir the remaining seasoning ingredients, coat the lemon juice over the fish, and then dip the fish into the seasoning mix.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook the fish until it starts to blacken. Finally, serve the fish alongside rice, add lemon wedges for the final touch.

Blackened Catfish With Cajun Rice

You have to prepare these ingredients: catfish fillets, old bay, olive oil, brown rice, water, minced garlic, chopped green bell pepper, white onion, garlic powder, cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.

The instruction is pretty easy and the same as the procedures mentioned above. You have to put the water in a saucepan and let it boil. Add the rice in it and reduce the heat to a simmer and wait until the rice is tender.

While the rice is still cooking, start over with the catfish fillets and cover it with blackening seasoning on both sides.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet and sear the catfish for 3-4 minutes per side. Put the fish on a plate until it warmed up. Rinse the skillet and add the remaining olive oil. Mix the garlic, bell pepper, and onion until it grows tenderly.

When the rice is ready, drain and add the vegetables and stir them in the garlic powder, salt and pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Finally, garnish the lemon wedge over the fish fillet and rice.

Best Blackened Seasoning

Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning

Inspired by the classic New Orleans Blackened Seasoning, this seasoning blend brings out the best spice when rubbed over the fish, steak, and chicken for blackening.

The seasoning is made of red pepper, paprika, and garlic. The spice is authentic and brings out the best of New Orleans flavor. Generously brush the seasoning to both sides of the fish fillet with melted butter.

Louisiana Cajun Blackened Seasoning

If you’re blackened fish, and the chicken fillet is your favorite dish, then you might want to try Louisiana Cajun Blackened Seasoning, which is perfect for grilling. What made this stand out from the rest is its added protein.

Its ingredients are monosodium glutamate, salt, paprika, spices, caramel color, dried garlic, dried onion, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and safflower oil.

To better utilize the product, you have to heat the skillet over high heat and dip the fish in melted butter. Generously brush off the blackened on both sides and cook it for 2 minutes per side until blackened.

River Road Blackened Seasoning

River Road has already been a name for Grocery and Gourmet Foods because of its unique blend of spices. Another best-seller in the market is the River Road Blackened seasoning which is a flavorful blend of spices, paprika, garlic, and onions.

Unlike many other products, this product produces a bold, smoky flavor that blends well with your favorite grilled foods. There is no MSG added to the product.


Even if you’re fond of eating blackened fish, you have to watch out for its nutritional value first because your health is to prioritize your taste buds. But if you happened to love eating blackened fish, there it is filled with nutrients that you needed.

Fish is a better source of protein than poultry meat. It consists of 34g protein, 10g fat, and 12g carbs.

Fish is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B2, and other essential minerals, like iron and magnesium. It’s recommended that you should eat fish at least twice a week for a healthier lifestyle.

The Blackened Fish recipe is one of the best menus for a perfect grilled Sunday, and the directions and the ingredients to be prepared are pretty simple, that it will only take you about 20 to 30 minutes to cook it.