Blackened Striped Bass Recipe

Also Striped Bass Recipes for Baked , Broiled , Grilled, Smoked , or Fried .
and the Arkansas-Striper Quick & Easy Grilled Striped Bass.
Where to Buy Striped Bass Fillets

How to Blacken Fish.

Blackening fish is a quick and straightforward cooking process requiring only a few ingredients.
You will need to be outside or have a well-ventilated area due to the heavy amount of smoke it produces.

Things You'll Need:

  • Cast Iron Skillet. A Large Cast-Iron Flat-Bottom Square Skillet does an excellent job.
  • Grill ( Charcoal or Propene. )
  • Shallow pan for melting butter and mixing spices and salt.
  • Spatula  ( Easier to flip fish fillets so they don't fall apart. )
  • Tongs ( Placing Fillets into Skillet and dipping them in Spice Mix )
  • Large plate or pan when you take fillets out of skillet.


Some Blackening Suggestions.

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles in the pan.
      A cast-iron skillet is required for blackening fish,other skillets aren't capable of delivering the intense heat needed for blackening.
      Set the skillet on a charcoal grill or a propane burner set to medium-high heat. Allow the skillet to heat for about 10 or 15 minutes.
      Do not add any oil to the skillet.  Place fish fillets after preparing in the skillet and cook quickly on each side to blacken, 1 to 2 minutes per side
  • Melt some butter in a shallow pan:
    •  Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan. Stir in the lemon juice, seasoning and the salt. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. .
  •  Dip each fish fillet through the melted butter:
    •  Use a pair of tongs and coat each fillet on both sides with the melted butter, shaking off any excess. Set the fillets onto a large dish for seasoning.
  •  Season the fillets with a spice mix:
    •  Season the fillets to taste by sprinkling them with a Cajun blackening spice on both sides. Spice mixes like these can be purchased from the grocery store or made from scratch. Blackening spice mixes typically contain a mix of thyme, oregano, paprika, garlic, onion, ground chili peppers, peppercorns, and salt.
      You can substitute another type of all-purpose seasoning mix if desired.
  •  Set the fish fillets into the cast iron pan:
    • Use a pair of tongs to place the fillets into the skillet, being careful not to crowd the pan. Do not move the fillets once they have been placed into the skillet.
      By allowing them to sear in place, they will flake away from the pan rather than stick.
      If the skillet has been heated properly, an intense amount of smoke will be generated as the milk solids in the butter char against the fish.
  •  Turn the fish fillets after 1 or 2 minutes.
    •  Once the fillets begin to rise away from the skillet, flip them with a spatula. The cooked side should have a thick, blackened crust of butter and spices.
  •  Remove the fish from the grill
    •  Let the fish cook for another 1 or 2 minutes on the other side, then remove them from the skillet.

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