This Blackened Fish and Salmon Seasoning is a flavorful mixture of herbs and spices. The rub includes a combination of smoked paprika, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Apply this blend to create a crispy, spicy crust on the outside of the fish while keeping the inside tender and moist.
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What is Blackening
Blackened food is food that has been cooked or grilled until the outside has turned black or dark brown in color. This technique is achieved by using high heat and dry cooking such as grilling or pan-searing.
Blackened meals are common in Cajun and Creole cuisine. The food is coated with a spice blend (usually meat or fish). The blend of spices creates a charred, crispy coating on the outside of the food, while the inside remains moist and tender.
Blackened food should not be confused with burnt food, which is overcooked to the point of being charred and often inedible. When done correctly, the food has a flavorful crust, while being cooked to a safe internal temperature.
- Regular or Smoked Paprika
- Red Cayenne Pepper
- Dried Oregano
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- Ground Thyme
Is it Spicy?
It can be spicy, depending on the amount of cayenne pepper used in the blend. Cayenne pepper adds heat and spice to the dish. However, the level of spiciness can be adjusted to individual taste preferences by using less pepper if desired.
How to Make Blackened Fish and Salmon Seasoning
Full detailed instructions are below in the recipe card.
- Combine paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Store in a dry place.
How to Store the Seasoning
Store it in an airtight container and in a dry place.
How Long it Will Last
The blend will last for 6 months.
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Blackened Fish and Salmon Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper Adjust to suit your taste.
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- Combine all of the spices and seasoning. Store in a sealed jar.