Blackened Seasoning

Blackened Seasoning
The Spruce
Ratings (45)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/4 cup (6 to 8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
5 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1/4 cup (6 to 8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 388mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 0g
Calcium 7mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Cajun cooking, "blackened" is a method of cooking fish, meat, or poultry by searing it over very high heat in a black iron skillet. Chef Paul Prudhomme stated that the dish became a necessity at his New Orleans restaurant, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. He had no grill or salamander, so he relied on the black iron skillet to give food its crusty texture. He first used the term "blackened" to describe a dish of redfish in his cookbook, ​Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen.

This mixture of spices and dried herbs are similar to the seasoning blend Chef Prudhomme used in his blackened redfish recipe.

A basic recipe for blackened redfish is included below the instructions for the blackened seasoning.


  • 1 heaping tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 heaping teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cajun Blackened Seasoning Recipe
     The Spruce
  2. Mix the ingredients well and funnel into a shaker.

    Cajun Blackened Seasoning Recipe
     The Spruce
  3. Seal well and store in a cool, dry place.

Basic Blackened Redfish

  1. The air will get smoky using this method, so turn off the smoke alarm and turn on the exhaust fan. 

  2. Place a large cast iron skillet over high heat until it is very hot, about 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Melt about 1 cup of butter; put about 1/3 cup of the butter in a wide, shallow bowl and set the remaining butter aside.

  4. Dip redfish fillets (about 1/2-inch thickness) in the shallow bowl of melted butter to coat thoroughly and then sprinkle the fillets liberally with the seasoning blend. Season as evenly as possible. 

  5. Arrange the fish fillets in the skillet and drizzle each fillet with about 1 teaspoon of the remaining melted butter. Cook the fillets (uncovered) until charred looking. Turn the fillets and once again drizzle with about 1 teaspoon of butter. Cook for about 2 more minutes. Serve the fish hot with some melted butter on the side for each guest.