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Blackened Cod

Blackened Cod

  • Author: Helen
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


A super simple blackened cod recipe. Just rub the cod fillets with blackened seasoning and pan fry until a delicious charred crust is formed. 

Serves 2.  Use the scaling buttons below to double or triple the quantity.


  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano (optional)
  • 2cod fillets (note 1)
  • Sea or kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp groundnut or canola oil 


  1. Mix the smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a separate bowl. You can also use the same quantity of readymade blackened seasoning. 
  2. Dry the cod fillets with kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture.
  3. Sprinkle the cod fillets with salt on both sides.
  4. Then place each fillet into the blackened seasoning mixture. Turn over to ensure the fillets have an even covering of seasoning all both sides.
  5. Place a frying pan on a high heat and add the oil
  6. When the oil is hot, add the cod fillets and cook for 4-6 minutes on each side. (notes 2, 3 & 4)
  7. Remove the fillets from the pan when they are done and serve immediately. 

Air fryer method:

  1. Follow steps 1-6 above then air fry the seasoned cod fillets at 180 C or 350F for approximately 7 mins, turning halfway


  1. The recipe has been tested with 2 cod fillets with a combined weight of 250g or 9oz and 2cm or 1 inch deep
  2. Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the cod fillets
  3. Check the underside of the cod fillets are done before you turn it over. Cod is a flaky fish that can fall apart if handled too much. 
  4. The cod fillets are done when both sides have formed a charred crust
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: stove-top
  • Cuisine: Western


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 239
  • Sugar: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 1307.2mg
  • Fat: 15.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.3g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 23.4g
  • Cholesterol: 58.7mg

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