Spicy Blackened Fish

If you’ve never heard of the thermic effect of food, you’re in for a big surprise.

Spicy Blackened FishCertain foods require more calories to digest than others and one of them is fish. Add some spice to the mixture and you have an extremely tasty dish that will help you lose weight at the same time. Imagine that!

I love spice and blackened catfish is one of my favourite dishes. Catfish is not always easy to find, so the other day I tried this recipe on tilapia and then I tried it on salmon. And you know what? It tastes good no matter what! You can even use this spice rub with steak, burgers, pork chops, chicken, the list is endless. There is only one requirement – you gotta like spice!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano, crumbled
  • ½ tsp dried thyme, crumbled
  • ¼ tsp cayenne, or more, much more!
  • ¼ tsp onion powder (optional – I prefer not to use it because it upsets my stomach)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (optional – depending on who you’re cooking for, wink, wink!)
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 fish fillets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • lemon wedges for garnish

Serves 4

Some recipes call for coating the fish with butter first to make the spices stick, but we’re fit and healthy people here, so I don’t suggest doing that. Fish is usually moist enough that the dry spice rub will stick to it quite nicely.

After you mixed all your dry ingredients together, sprinkle each side with it until coated. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet on a medium-high heat and fry the fish for about 4 to 5 minutes each side.

Make sure your fish fillets are no more than 1” thick, as the spices will start to burn before the fish is done.

This dish goes really well with (brown) rice and a dark, leafy green salad with some citrus fruits like mandarin or grapefruit or a fruity vinaigrette.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

Calories: 168
Protein: 34 g
Fat: 10 g
Carbohydrate: 0 g

Originally published @ FITLODE.COM

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