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Cajun Blackened Cod

Cajun Blackened Cod

Can you get your kids or meat eaters in the family to eat fish? And just as a FYI fish fingers do not count...!

If fish is on the menu for dinner, my boys usually make the usual face expression like they just bit into a sour lemon, or immediately make plans to eat at their friend's house or if that fails they have been known to fake the flu...Usually fish for dinner does not go over well.

Cajun Blackened Cod

However, I found the perfect solution for picky fish eaters that even teenagers and grown meat-eater men will love and that is my Cajun Blackened Cod. Delightful spices that tingle the tongue and wake up the senses with earthy cumin, spicy chili, tasty taco seasoning and of course a little garlic for good measure is all you need to make your meat eaters like fish. With your first bite, the spices hit your tongue and the moist flaky texture is perfect all on its own but with a little drizzle of lemon on top is just pure heavenly.

Cajun Blackened Cod

The trick is the iron skillet. The iron skillet gets really hot and is a good conductor of heat and when you add the spices it seals the outer section of the fish with a crust of "blackened" spices and seals in the juicy flaky fish. If you do not have an iron skillet you can still make this in a regular pan but the fish may not get as golden/blackened crust but the taste is still great.

Cajun Blackened Cod

I think the secret for getting "anti-fish eaters" to like fish is to disguise the fish taste. I am not suggesting that you dress the fish up like Mr. Steak but adding some zesty spices transforms the usual scary baked smelly fish into something they do not even think is fish. I used a pre-made taco seasoning but you can make your own with a mixture of chili powder, paprika, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Cajun Blackened Cod

You can use any white fish you like but I had cod on hand and it worked like a charm. Last week I made Cajun Blackened catfish and made delicious fish tacos with a chipolte rainbow slaw and the boys devoured it in nano seconds. It's all about disguising the fish!

Cajun Blackened cod is a quick meal for any busy weeknight as from start to finish it is less than 15 minutes and I even made a salad. Even if your fish are still frozen when you come home from work, you can get them unfrozen by running cold water over it and within 15 minutes they are unfrozen and you are in business.

Cajun Blackened Cod

Whether you eat the blackened Cajun cod with just a drizzle of lemon with a healthy veggies on the side or wrapped up as fish tacos, I am sure this will be a big hit with even your picky fish eaters.

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Cajun Blackened Cod

By HWC Magazine  , , , , ,   

January 5, 2014

Delightful spices on the Blackened Cajun Cod that tingle the tongue and wake up the senses with earthy cumin, spicy chili, tasty taco seasoning and of course a little garlic for good measure is all you need to make your meat eaters like fish. Great all on its own or in fish tacos.

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

white fish - 2 pounds cods fillet with bones removed (or any white fish you like such as tilapea, mahi maui, catfish etc)

chili powder - 2-3 teaspoons or to taste- depending on how spicy you like it

cumin powder - 2-3 teaspoons

garlic powder - 1 teaspoon

pepper - 1 teaspoon

taco seasoning - 2 teaspoons ( or your own homemade version with chili powder, paprika, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes)

canola oil - 2 tablespoons ( or other light flavoured high heat tolerance oils as desired- do not use olive oil)

lemon juice - drizzle of lemon juice- optional

Directions

1Wash and dry your fish well with paper towels.

2Coat front and back of fish with chili powder, cumin powder, garlic powder, pepper, taco seasoning.

3Place canola oil in iron skillet and heat to high medium heat.

4Sauté fish for 2-3 minutes on each size, depending on the size of your fish or until flakes easily with your fork.

5Drizzle a little lemon juice on top and serve with a delightful veggie medley or inside your favourite fish tacos.

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  • Jo (http://blog-diggidy.com)

    I don’t think I’ve ever had catfish. I have had lots of white fish. Cod, halibut, perch, walleye. All good. This fish looks yummy! 🙂 xo

  • That looks so juicy–I’m sure I would love it since I love Blackened Chicken and Tuna!

  • Eha

    What a fun first post for the year, Bobbi!! Now I live on my own and I adore all kinds of fish, so there really is no problem, but since I say ‘yes’ the moment someone says ‘spicy’ this will be my next fish recipe!! Looks lovely ~ in our neck of the woods have not seen anything called ‘atco seasoning’ but am certain Mr Google will help with what usually goes into that 🙂 ! Be well, be happy!!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Happy 2014 Eha! I love fish too so I am so glad that I found a recipe that even teenagers enjoy. Thanks for the heads up on the Taco Seasoning. Taco seasoning is a pre-made blend of the following spices..give or take a few…chili powder, paprika, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes..so you can make your own homemade taco spice mix to taste. Take Care, BAM

  • kitchenriffs

    Gosh, what a nice sear you have on that fish! Looks lovely, and with that spicy crust I’ll bet it tastes wonderful. I like fish, but with a dish that looks like that, any meat eater would be salivating. Really good stuff – thanks.

  • That looks very tasty and I will definitely try it out. Thank you for sharing and have a cheerful Sunday, Bridget

  • KickassCha

    I already love fish…but looks delicious to me anyway! It makes me think of the way they make fish in Florida, I went on holidays in the Keys 2 years ago, and I spent the whole 10 days eating fish of any sort “blackened”.

  • Having lived in Florida for many years and Texas before that I can testify to how good blackened fish is…it is a very popular way of preparing fish. I can understand it being a big hit at your dinner table. 🙂

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Who could resist a plate of food that looks that good? Nobody!

  • What a perfect looking piece of fish!

  • Gorgeous and juicy looking fish! Fortunately, my children and husband love fish and so I have no problem. The problem is me, I am not a huge seafood fan. I do like cod so this would be perfect. I love the colour on the fish!

  • Fish is not my friend…with my allergy, but my girls will eat it when we are out! Would be a great recipe for chicken though!

  • Your fish makes a beautiful and enticing dish, BAM. I love fish…but didn’t when I was a kid. I would have loved it this way for sure. 🙂

  • I can’t imagine anyone trying to dodge this delicious meal!! It looks so tasty!! …and lol at the FYI fish fingers aren’t a fish serve. I tell my kids that all the time 😉

  • Oh yes, nothing like a well seasoned iron skillet for good searing. Glad you found a way to get your kids to love fish.

  • This looks great, the fish looks so moist inside!

  • Perfectly cooked! That’s ok, if the kids are skeptical, I would have no problem finishing it all myself!!

  • Lovely color on your fish!

  • I have to admit that I am not a very big fan of fish, though I keep trying it different ways in hopes that my palate will change it’s mind. My husband loves fish though and he would really love this, so it’s going on my “to try” list. I’m looking forward to those spices!

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    oh gorgeous food…we just got hooked to that lovely golden brown coat the cod has…at home if food looks good half the battle with kids fussing over food is won…and this dish is certainly going to convert any fussy fish eater into a fan,thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • If the fish is this looking good? I will eat it all the time. When I saw your picture above, my mouth just became watery. The glaze on that fish is just amazing. Have a good weekend BAM! 🙂

  • I love love love the golden glaze look on the fish, so tempting and so delicious! Off to the market to get some fish!

  • The Sketched Chef

    Looking at those pictures made me hungry !
    It looks really good.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  • Kathleen Richardson

    Anything fishy… anything with cumin… I’ll eat it. This sounds really appealing, BAM!

    • Kathleen Richardson

      BAM, I made up a jar of the spice mixture and now I’m using whenever I have my little piece of salmon. Blackens and crisps the outside and tastes yummy!

      • Bams Kitchen

        That is an awesome idea Kathleen and I think I might do the same. This recipe is so easy and I love it because I can even get my picky teenagers to eat fish.

  • The colors of the cod looks really gd! I’m sure it’s delicious! I’m not a huge fan of cod but Cajun spices with it does make it enticing,

  • Perfectly made fish! The color is amazing!

  • Your fish looks absolutely perfect. I will try your trick to get my meat eater only son to eat this. Wish me luck Bam!

  • It looks soo good!
    The ich is perfectly browned and the combination of spices is amazing.

  • The color is fantastic! We love white fish … especially when it’s not white 🙂 This recipe is a keeper!

  • Love cod, and I love cooking fish in the pan! I’m going to save the recipe and will try in the near future. The first two photo made me drool…

  • Wow, this looks scrumptious!!! I’m going to try to get the hubby to try a fish other than salmon…maybe your recipe will be the key to converting him 🙂

  • I’m so glad you shared these little insights with me! My son will eat any fish dish ( catchy eh? ) that I make.. and then starts snacking on anything he can get his hands on because he’s still ravenous. Seafood just isn’t the sort of meal he would devour the way any dish made from meat does. I hadn’t thought of “disguising” fish like that.. and I’m definitely going to try these because my other “picky” eater suggested we have a white fish for a change (tired of my salmon recipes, lol). So.. thank you!! xx

  • This Blackened Cod looks incredible – Cod is one of my favorite fishes!

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