Blackened Fish

Blackened Fish

9 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 78% would make again

Ready in 30 minutes

Make sure you got plently of ventilation before you start cooking as this can generate quite a bit of smoke ... but it sure is worth it.


1 tablespoon Paprika
2 1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Onion powder
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Cayenne
3/4 teaspoon White pepper
3/4 teaspoon Black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
3/4 pound Unsalted butter; melted
6 each Flounder fillets; 8-10 oz each; see note
2 each Lemon; wedged

Original recipe makes 6



1. Mix paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, dried thyme, and dried oregano together. Set aside.

2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over very high heat until it is beyond the smoking stage and you see white ash on the skillet bottom, approximately 10-15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, pour 2 tablespoons melted butter in six small ramekins; set aside and keep warm.

4. Dip each fillet in the remaining melted butter so the both sides are well coated. Sprinkle each side generously and evenly with seasoning mix.

5. Place one or two fillets in skillet and cook uncovered over very high heat until the underside becomes deep brown (almost black) but not burned, about 2 minutes. See note.

6. Turn the fish over and baste with 1 teaspoon of melted butter.

7. Cook until fish is done, about 2 minutes more (see note). Repeat with remaining fillets.

8. Serve while hot with ramekin of butter and lemon wedges.


Can use any firm fleshed fish fillets for this recipe. Cooking time will vary according to the fillets thickness and heat of the skillet.

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Excellent recipe, I choose to omit the salt. Because its blackened, I cook mine using a skillet and hot plate on the back porch. Perfect every time.
maddoxh 2y ago

Open all your kitchen windows! Because it will get very smokey! Very good spicy taste!
Tonyqu 3y ago

Too much smoke for the taste. Not worth losing a lung for!
Bdrama 3y ago

Very easy to make and delicious!
ranwil615 3y ago

I used fresh flounder for this recipe and it was excellent! Just like I've had in restaurants!
tfelske 3y ago

Awesome! Used red fish and it was awesome. 30 minutes very easy.
CajunTiger435 5y ago

Simple, easy and TASTY!! Will definitely make this again. Next time I'll cut down on the salt a bit and open the windows beforehand :)
Drumstick2009 6y ago

I loved it, a bit too spicy for my kids. So i compramised and just used the marinade without the dry mix on top, for them. They loved it! Will definatley do again!
Catlopez 6y ago

Can use any firm fleshed fish fillets for this recipe. Cooking time will vary according to the fillets thickness and heat of the skillet. [I posted this recipe.]
bpetree 10y ago

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