This is the best blackened cod recipe. The homemade blackened seasoning on this for is full of delicious, smoky cajun flavour to give this pan fried fish recipe the most incredible taste. You will love how easy and simple this recipe is to make and that it's ready in under 10 minutes!
Why you will love this recipe:
- These blackened cod filets have the best flavour! A little sweet, a little spicy, and a little smoky.
- This fish recipe takes less than 10 minutes to cook so it's a great option for busy weeknight meals. It's such an easy recipe.
- The homemade blackened seasoning recipe for this fish is quick and easy to make using pantry staple ingredients.
- This fish recipe is healthy and high in protein and makes a delicious healthy meal.
- It's naturally gluten free, dairy free, low carb, keto, and paleo.
- The clean up is simple because this fish is cooked in just one pan or cast iron skillet.
- You can use this cod recipe to make blackened fish tacos! It's such an easy dinner recipe.
- Serve this cod dish with cajun butter sauce for even more flavour!
If you love seafood recipes you will also love pan seared shrimp!
Taste and texture:
This cod turns out perfectly cooked being moist and flaky with a velvety texture and buttery flavour. The fish takes on the flavour of the blackened spice rub giving it a delicious cajun, smoky, yet slightly sweet and spicy flavour, but don't worry, it doesn't have a strong fishy flavour.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
You should be able to find all of these simple ingredients at any local grocery store. For the exact measurements refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Cod fillets - fresh cod is such a delicious white fish that doesn't have a strong fishy flavour. If you bought frozen cod filets, let them thaw before cooking them. I recommend using wild cod rather than farmed cod if possible.
- Blackened seasoning - this homemade blackened seasoning spice mixture is made with pantry staple ingredients that you likely already have in your spice cabinet including smoked paprika, dried oregano, brown sugar or coconut sugar, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and basil. If you want an even easier option you could buy a store bought blackened seasoning instead.
How to make this recipe:
First you will make the blackened seasoning by mixing together the paprika, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, coconut sugar (or brown sugar), cayenne pepper, and dried basil in a small bowl or jar.
Now, wash and dry both sides of the cod fillets with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
Then brush each side of the fish fillets with a little of the cooking oil.
Now evenly coat each side of the cod fillets with the spice blend.
Next place a medium pan or cast iron skillet on the stove on medium heat and add the remaining cooking oil to the pan. Once the pan is hot, add the seasoned cod fillets to the pan and cook for ~3-4 minutes per side, until the fish is cooked through.
- When buying cod, try to buy cod filets that are about an inch thick for best results. If you buy thinner pieces of cod, you will need to decrease the cooking time for this recipe.
- Depending on the size of the cod filets that you buy, you may have to adjust the cook time. For larger fillets, add more time, for smaller fillets, you will need less time.
- If you can't find cod, you can use a different fish such as haddock or pollock.
- After it's done cooking, let the cod rest for 2-3 minutes to become even more tender and juicy (just like you do for a steak).
- You will know if your cod is fully cooked when it has a flaky texture and the flesh is opaque white and no longer translucent. When tested with a meat thermometer the fish should be an internal temperature of 145˚F. You will want to check the temperature in the thickest part of the fish.
- You will likely have some of the blackened seasoning or cajun seasoning blend left over, simply store it in a jar to use at a later date.
Variations and add ins:
- If you don't have smoked paprika you can use paprika or sweet paprika instead.
- To make the spice rub less spicy, decrease the amount of cayenne, or omit it altogether.
- To make the blackened seasoning sweeter, add an extra tablespoon of brown sugar or coconut sugar.
- If you want a spicier flavour add a bit of chili powder to the spice blend.
- For the cooking oil I recommend using either olive oil or avocado oil.
- If you are serving a crowd feel free to double or triple this recipe.
How to serve:
You can serve this delicious blackened cod recipe in so many ways. It makes for such a delicious meal. Some ideas for how to serve it include:
- Squeeze a little fresh lime juice or lemon juice on it when it's done cooking.
- Serve baked cod with cooked vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli or cauliflower.
- Top it with mango habanero salsa or another fruit salsa.
- Serve it over rice or pasta.
- This is the perfect recipe to make blackened cod tacos! I love serving the smoky fish in corn tortillas and topping it with mango salsa and coleslaw.
- Serve cod with different side dishes such as coleslaw or your favourite salad.
- Top it with guacamole or homemade salsa.
- Serve this cajun cod with roasted potatoes or French fries.
How to store:
If you have leftover cooked cod, store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Frequently asked questions:
The best way to tell if cod is done cooking is by testing it with a fork at its thickest point - twist the fork gently and if the fish is done cooking its will flake easily and will have lost its translucent appearance. Cod turns white when it's done cooking. A good rule of thumb is to cook the fish to an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blackened fish is a cooking technique that uses a spice blend to coat the fish and cooking the fish in a high heat pan or skillet to create a delicious blackened fish crust.
To bake blackened cod in the oven rather than a skillet or pan, prepare the cod with the oil and blackened seasoning and then bake the cod at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 10-12 minutes.
To cook these blackened cod fillets in air fryer, prepare the cod as you would for this recipe, and then bake the cod at 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes.
You might be surprised to learn that black cod actually isn't a form of cod. Black cod, which is known as Sablefish or Butterfish, is a delicious fish with a rich, buttery flavour and delicate, silky texture. Black cod is a delicacy in many countries, and is especially popular in Japan.
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- 2 6 oz pieces of fresh cod (equivalent to 170 grams)
- 3 tablespoon cooking oil (olive oil or avocado oil)
Blackened Seasoning Instructions
- Mix together the smoked paprika, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, coconut sugar, cayenne, and dried basil to create the blackened seasoning. Store any unused seasoning in an airtight jar.
- Wash and dry each cod filet with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
- Brush each side of the cod fillets with a little of the cooking oil.
- Evenly coat each side of the cod fillets with the blackened seasoning.
- Place a medium pan or cast iron skillet on the stove on medium heat and add the remaining cooking oil to the pan.
- Once the pan is hot, add the seasoned cod fillets and cook for ~3-4 minutes per side, until the fish is cooked through.
- Nutritional values are an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
- Feel free to vary the spices in the blackened seasoning depending on your taste preference.
- Store any leftover cooked cod in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.