Blackened Fish Tacos

One of my favorite meals to cook with fish is Blackened Fish Tacos. They are really easy to make with the right tools and everybody seems to love them.

 By right tools I mean you will need a cast iron skillet. There is no other way to properly blacken food without burning the teflon off your nice cookware. I found that you skip paying an arm and a leg for cast iron cookware by purchasing them off Amazon. I got my skillet for around 13.00 off of their site and it has been used many times and still works great. They have alot of styles to choose from too.

  1. Cut fish into small cubes. I do roughly 1 inch by 1 inch cubes. This can be almost any variety of fish but I usually use Rockfish or Cobia.
  2. Put a heavy coating of Zatarain's Blacken Seasoning on the cubes of fish and squeeze a lime over them.
  3. hand toss the cubes to spread the seasoning throughout your fish then add another dusting of the Zatarain's seasoning.
  4. Pour about 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in your skillet and wipe down the entire inside of the pan. There should not be puddled oil, but the entire inside of the pan shoud be shiny from the oil.
  5. Blackening is actually burning of the seasoning on the meat so bring the skillet to a high temp. WARNING: Cast iron skillets get VERY hot so do not touch the handle after heating the skillet.
  6. Add fish cubes to the skillet. Fish should smoke and sizzle heavily as soon as it hit the pan. using a METAL spatula, break fish loose from skillet and flip it constantly. Once blackened to your liking remove fish from skillet so that it does not continue to cook
  7. Using either hard or soft taco shells, add your meat and any fixings and enjoy.
Some great additions to try on your tacos:

  • Mango
  • Mexican beans
  • Cheese or queso dip
  • lettuce
  • mushrooms
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes or salsa
  • Get creative and have FUN with it!