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Cajun Blackened Fish

Cajun Blackened Fish

  • Fish

A Cuban American Delight!

  • 30
  • Serves 2
  • Easy



Cajun Blackened Fish is a recipe that is most popular in the United States and comes from the Cuban scene over there. 

Cajun Blackened Fish

It is a simple recipe to make and is best done in a cast iron pan. 

You can have this dish done in less than 10 minutes this way!

Talk about a easy and healthy recipe, eh?


  • Catfish
  • Redfish
  • Bass
  • Tilapia
  • Snapper

Pan frying the Cajun Blackened Fish


Yes, however if you are on a very low fat diet. You may want to use less butter.


Not really, the cajun seasoning adds a bit of spice but it really balances out once cooked.


Blackened fish is a cooking technique for cooking fish such as Catfish or Tilapia by first dipping it in melted butter.

Then the fish is covered on all sides with spices. Which typically consist of  oregano, chili pepper, thyme, garlic powdeR salt, pepper.

You can also find a pre mixed seasoning such as the one you see below to Blacken your fish!

Image result for blackened fish spice


It is the seasonings of course, because really all you are going to want to do is sear the fish on each side for 3 minutes in butter.

Which results in a blackened look and slightly crisp texture!


  • 2 tbsp of Chili powder
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp of Smoky paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of seasoning salt

Blackened Tilapia Fish Taco Seasonings

I like to serve this fish on a bed of rice along with some black beans and corn. Black beans are often a staple food in cuban culture as well and go real good with this fish. 

If you’re looking for a traditional Cuban Black Bean recipe, you can try my “Cuban Black Bean”  as well.

Basically all your going to need for this recipe is basmati rice, canned black beans, canned or frozen sweet corn, salsa, shredded cheese along with “Fresh Tilapia” and a few seasonings. Oh and some fresh cilantro and lime juice to garnish!

Cajun Blackened Fish


  • I would not recommend using frozen fish for this recipe, you are looking for a few fresh fillets here.
  • The fresher the better, which will produce a moist and flaky fish taco.
  • This type of fish can also be served in burritos, tacos, and or over rice with beans.
  • You can also substitute the tilapia for another white fish such as halibut or cod.
  • Then simply season and saute in a cast iron skillet on medium heat till done. 

Other foods that go well with Blackened Fish are:

  • Cabbage Pico De Gallo 
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Cheese
  • Avocados
  • Cilantro 
  • Lime

If you decide to make “cabbage pico de gallo” just make sure you make it a few hours ahead of time.

Check out my two favorite recipes for Pico De Gallo below you will serious love them! 

  1. Pico De Gallo this goes great with these tacos.
  2. Cabbage Pico De Gallo this also goes great with these tacos.

Cajun Blackened Fish

Also don’t forget to squeeze some fresh lime juice over top the fish at the end, this really helps the flavors to pop.

This recipe can feed roughly 2 people, so if it’s just the two of you dining tonight then there certainly are going to enjoy!

If your wanting to feed more people, simply MAKE more by doubling the ingredients!


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Cajun Blackened Fish

Cajun Blackened Fish

Yield: 2
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 pound fillet of Tilapia
  • 1 cup of sweet corn
  • 1 cup of canned black beans
  • 1 cup of basmati rice
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp of spicy salsa
  • 4 tbsp of chopped Cilantro
  • 2 tbsp of Chili powder
  • 1 tsp of Smoky Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of seasoning salt


  1. Start by brining a medium pot of water to a boil. Add in the basmati rice and allow it to cook, once cooked remove from the heat strain if necessary and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, add all your seasonings to a bowl or on a plate and season the fish on both sides completely.
  3. Then in a cast iron skillet or non stick skillet. Add 2 tbsp of butter and melt.
  4. Over medium heat, sear the fish on each side for about 3-4 to four minutes.
  5. Remove the fish from the heat, leave in the pan. And baste with the butter sauce a bit.
  6. Then add the rice to a large bowl and in the same pot that you cooked the rice.
  7. Add the corn and cooked black beans along with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat and cook 5 minutes together. Strain and pour the mixed beans and corn over top of the rice.
  8. Top with the shredded cheese, cilantro and cooked cajun blackened fish.
  9. Drizzle with lime juice. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1135Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 317mgSodium: 2115mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 16gSugar: 6gProtein: 139g

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