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Blackened Fish Spice Blend


…or any fish for that matter.

You’ve seen this picture before here.  This is my favorite fish dish.  Hands down.  No doubt.  We have fish at least once a week in some way shape or form.  And, when I don’t have a meal planned, and I don’t have time to put together something elaborate, I rely on this dish.


Keeping a jar of these spices handy ensures that I never have to miss out on a full-flavored meal.  Typically, if I were to marinate a thinner fish, like tilapia, I marinade the fish dry an hour before, while I’m doing something else, and cook it on the stove with some olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes each side.

If I were to use it on a thicker fish like salmon, I mix the spices with olive oil to make a paste and rub it over the fish.  After, marinading, I bake (covered in foil) in a preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes, or until flaky.


Blackened Fish Spices

adapted from Food Network
yields about 4 servings


  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed


  1. In a jar with a lid, mix together all the spices.
  2. When ready to use, either use it dry by pressing and rubbing spices into the fish.  If using wet, mix a tbsp of spices with approximately 2 tsp of olive oil and make a thick paste.  Spread and rub into fish.  Marinade for an hour and cook to your preference.


Filed under Fish, Main Dish, olive oil