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fish fillets blackened set on a white plate

Blackened Fish Recipe

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This blackened cod recipe is quick, easy and delicious. Plus, it works with any type of lean, firm white fish, not just cod!


  • 1 tablespoon paprika*
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano (I prefer Mexican oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 (4-ounce) cod fillets (see other fish recommendations above)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Combine paprika, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and cayenne in a shallow bowl. Pat fish fillets dry then coat fillets in spice mixture on all sides; rubbing in as needed.

Heat a large non-stick skillet set over medium for 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to skillet, swirl to coat, then add 2 cod fillets. Cook just until starting to blacken, about 4 minutes. Flip the fillets and cook 3–4 minutes more until blackened on second side and a thermometer inserted in the thickest parts registers 145ºF; transfer to a plate. Repeat cooking process with remaining oil and fillets.


* use regular or smoked paprika, I prefer a combination of the two!

A NOTE ON COOK TIME: cook time largely depends on how thick your fillets are. My fillets were 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. If you have thinner fillets, drop the cooking time down by a minute or more.

Keywords: blackened fish, blackened cod

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