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Blackened seafood and fish dishes appear on many seafood restaurant menus from Louisiana along the gulf coast down to the Keys.
Associated by most as a style of Cajun cuisine, it was made famous by the late great New Orleans’ chef Paul Prudhomme.
Fish served blackened may appear to be burnt, but it’s actually just a dark colored and deep flavored crust resulting from the combination of cooked milk solids and charred spices. This is achieved by dipping fish in melted butter, then dredging in a combination of herbs and spices, before cooking in a hot pan (traditionally cast iron). This process results with the fish having a deep brown to black crust around the outside.
Charred and blackened foods might look the same, but because of the spices used to blacken, they will not taste the same.
Key West Spice Company’s Seafood Seasoning super fine grind and it’s combination of paprika, thyme, cayenne, onion, garlic, salt & pepper makes it a perfect spice for blackening just about anything.
One important suggestion, unless you have a really good exhaust over your stove, this is best done outside!
Seafood Seasoning Blackened Fish
Fresh fish filets, 6-10 oz. each depending on appetites, I like Yellowtail Snapper
Key West Spice Company© Seafood Seasoning
Unsalted melted butter, lots of it!
Lemon wedges to garnish
Skillet, preferably cast iron and a slotted spatula
Heat your cast iron skillet over high heat (again this is best down outdoors)
Pour melted butter into a shallow dish. Dip each filet into the butter so that both sides are well coated. Sprinkle Key West Spice Company© Seafood Seasoning evenly on both sides of the fish coated fish, patting it on by hand. With the skillet plenty hot, carefully lay the filets onto the hot surface and top each with 1 teaspoon of melted butter. Cook uncovered until the underside looks charred, about 1-2 minutes. Turnover and add 1 teaspoon of butter on each piece and cook until down, another 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and your favorite sides or on a bun for an awesome fish sandwich. This can also be done on thin pounded chicken breast, scallops & shrimp)
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