This blackened cod with a fresh corn mango salsa is loaded with flavor and can be prepared in under 10 minutes.
I've admitted a few times I need to do a better job of eating seafood. Every time I have it, I wonder why I don't eat it more. One meal that I absolutely love is blackened fish and it couldn't be easier to make. So today I'm sharing a recipe for blackened cod with a corn mango salsa. When I first made the salsa, I made it specifically for this dish and it's such a good pairing.
The great thing about blackened fish is you can use so many different types - from cod to mahi-mahi to catfish to redfish to trout... you get the picture. Today I was just feeling like some cod. One of the benefits about fish is it cooks so quickly. This recipe can be ready in 10 minutes - it is that easy. And if you don't love the mix of spices I used, try your own or look at the thousands of blackening seasonings out there!
So if you're like me and looking to change it up a little bit, try some blackened cod and don't forget the salsa. Hope you enjoy!
What Ingredients are in this Blackened Cod Recipe?
- Olive oil
- Light brown sugar
- Spices - paprika, cumin, kosher salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper
- Corn mango salsa
How to Make Blackened Fish
- Mix brown sugar and spices in small bowl. Set aside.
- Rub the seasoning into the fish, making sure it's entirely coated.
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook for about 4 minutes or until it's blackened.
- Flip and cook for another 4 minutes or until blackened. (Note - cooking time depends on thickness of fish and how hot skillet is)
What Fish is Best for Blackening?
As I mentioned earlier you can use a variety of fish, but in general you want a firm fleshed fish like mahi, redfish, snapper, grouper or salmon. Other fish that work well is catfish and trout.
Do I Have to Make My Own Blackened Seasoning?
No. Every grocery store sells blackened seasoning, but it really is easy to make on your own.
What's the Difference Between Blackened and Grilled?
Food that is grilled just means it is cooked on a grill, over coals, gas or flame. Food that is blackened is coated with a traditional Cajun seasoning and then on very high heat, usually a cast iron skillet.
Other Seafood Recipes
- Honey Garlic Salmon
- Caribbean Shrimp Tacos
- Baltimore Crab Cakes
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
- Creamy Shrimp and Grits
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb fresh cod
- 2 tsp light brown sugar
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- corn mango salsa
- In small bowl, combine the light brown sugar, paprika, cumin, salt, garlic powder, thyme, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Rub the seasoning into the fish, making sure it's entirely coated.
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Add fish to skillet and cook for 4 minutes per side or until blackened. Remove from skillet and top with corn mango salsa.