Blackened Fish on the Grill

Blackened Fish on the Grill Recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 6 mins
Total: 16 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
549 Calories
47g Fat
1g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 549
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 29g 144%
Cholesterol 221mg 74%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 31g
Calcium 57mg 4%
*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.)

This is the traditional way to blacken fish in a heavy cast-iron skillet. The advantage of doing it outdoors on the grill is that you won't fill the kitchen with smoke. This recipe is great for outdoor entertaining and camping.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Blackened Fish on the Grill Recipe ingredients
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  2. Preheat grill with heavy cast-iron skillet or griddle in the grill. Get it good and hot, 15 to 30 minutes.

    preheat pan
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  3. Reserve 12 tablespoons of melted butter for serving and pour the rest into a shallow dish.

    melt butter
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  4. Dip each fillet into butter.

    Dip each fillet into butter.
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  5. Sprinkle Cajun blackening spices on both sides.

    Sprinkle Cajun blackening spice
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  6. Place into the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the bottom is almost black but not burned.

    Place into the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes
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  7. Carefully flip so fillets do not break.

    flip so fillets
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  8. Pour about a teaspoon of ​butter on the cooked side and continue cooking about 2 to 3 minutes or until the fillet is finished (internal temperature of 150 F).

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  9. Remove fish from pan and place onto a large platter or individual plates.

    Remove fish from pan
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  10. Serve immediately with 2 tablespoons of butter for dipping. Enjoy!

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  • It's best to cook about 2 fillets at a time. Wipe the skillet clean between each batch of fillets and keep the temperature nice and hot.