Blackened grouper is the quintessential Floribbean fish dish. Succulent grouper — gag, Nassau, red — and savory blackening rub make this irresistible. You can use whatever cookware you have available but — and we can’t emphasize this enough — cast iron is the way to go. If you like fish — hell, if you like food — and you don’t have a cast iron skillet, go get one. When chefs blacken anything (fish, chicken, steak), they use cast iron. And check out the seasoning here, too: Our customers tell us this is the best blackening seasoning they’ve ever tasted.
2 grouper filets
Our blackening seasoning
— or make your own —
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter
In a small bowl, mix together the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet paprika, oregano, thyme and peppers.
This makes enough rub for three-dinner’s worth of grouper. You’ll be able to put the rest in a jar and save until next time. Take a few minutes to clean up your fish (debone, skin if necessary) and to melt your butter. You should also grab your cast iron skillet and get it on the stove over medium high heat so it can come to temperature.
Pour the melted butter over the fish and give it a good slathering to make sure everything’s coated. Now it’s time to add the spices. You’ll use about 1-2 teaspoons of the rub per filet. Rub the blackening spices over the fish until the grouper is completely coated.
Make sure your skillet is nice and hot and place the fish directly in the dry pan. Set your timer for 5 minutes. Once you’ve made it through the first five, flip the grouper and cook it on the other side for 4-5 minutes.
Squeeze some lemons over the fish and serve immediately.
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with prime seafood for more than a decade.
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101 N. Country Club Rd.
Lake Mary, FL 32746
8780 E CR 466
The Villages, FL 32162