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Blackened cod fish fillet on a plate with fork holding a bite to see white flaky flesh.

Blackened Cod - Foolproof Recipe!

Blackened Cod is pan-seared on the stovetop in just 15 minutes. Optionally, add a drop of honey to take it over the top and use our tried and true technique to make it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 156kcal


  • 20 ounces cod fillets or loins 4 pieces
  • honey (optional) Use about ½ teaspoon for the top of each piece of fish which would add about 10 calories and 2.8 carbohydrates per serving.
  • 2 Tablespoons Cajun Spice Blend or prepare spice blend below
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Cajun Spice Blend

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  • If making the Cajun spice blend, add all of the spices to a small bowl, mix together and set aside.
  • Pat cod fillets dry to remove excess moisture.
  • Add a ½ teaspoon of honey to the top of each fillet, if using. Use a silicone pastry brush or the back of a spoon to distribute the honey over one side of the fish.
  • Sprinkle seasoning on both sides of the cod fillets, pressing into flesh as needed. You can also season one side, place it seasoned side down in the pan, and sprinkle the remaining seasoning over the top while it's cooking.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Place cod in the skillet and cook for 4 minutes, undisturbed. Flip over the fillets and cook for 4 minutes more. The flesh should be white and flaky when cooked through and done. The internal temperature for fish should reach 145 °F.



You'll find more expert tips and step-by-step pictures above!
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg