Blackened fish is always a home run at the dining table, but what's even better is if it's a simple fish recipe that everyone loves and doesn't take long to cook. If you're looking for fish recipes for kids or for the whole family, add these to your list of easy dinner ideas.
Ingredients for fish recipes
All you need are five ingredients and you are on your way to making delicious blackened fish bites.
- 3 to 4 ounce fillets of firm, scaly white fish like snapper, cobia, or halibut
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1/4 cup blackened spice mixture
- 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons of clarified butter (or substitute for 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of salted butter)
The little kick of the blackened spices warms you up, making this one of the best winter fish recipes to try. It's also a tasty alternative if you're looking for fish recipes for kids that are different from all breaded and fried fish finger recipes.
Simple instructions for fish recipes
Healthy meals for kids don't need to take a lot of time and preparation. When it comes to easy fish dinner recipes, just follow the directions below. This blackened fish recipe takes less than 15 minutes.
- Heat a cast iron pan over high heat while you prepare the fish. Dab the fillets with a paper towel to dry, then lightly salt both sides with kosher salt and cut into small pieces.
- Pour blackened spice mixture and flour into a large resealable bag and mix well. Add pieces of fish, seal and shake until completely coated. Put aside.
- Put the clarified butter in the hot pan, let it melt and get very hot. Carefully add pieces of fish over high heat for about 1 minute per side in a well-ventilated area. Remove the pieces and place them on a paper towel to soak up the excess butter.
- One of the fish dinner ideas or serving suggestions for this recipe is to coat the blackened fish bites and serve them with a healthy vegetable.
If you want to learn how to properly store fish before cooking, read the "Storing Fish" section to make sure you are getting the best flavor out of your catch.