A Taste of the Sea: Blackened Red Snapper
As a food critic, I’ve had the privilege of tasting various delicacies from around the world. Yet, amidst all the dishes, there’s one that holds a special place in my heart – blackened red snapper. The recipe for this amazing dish was passed down to me by my grandmother, who learned it from her mother. With its origins hailing from the Southern United States, blackened red snapper is an explosion of flavors that instantly transports me to the coastal region. The combination of spices, freshness of the fish, and the smoky aroma created by blackening the seasoning is simply divine.
- 4 red snapper fillets (6 ounces each)
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Lemon wedges, for serving
Step 1: Prepare the Seasoning
In a small bowl, combine the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt. Mix well to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.
Step 2: Coat the Red Snapper
Place the red snapper fillets on a clean surface and pat them dry with a paper towel. This will allow the seasoning to adhere better. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly on both sides of each fillet, pressing gently to make sure it sticks.
Step 3: Heat the Skillet
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil. Allow it to heat up for a minute or two until shimmering. The hot skillet is essential for achieving the perfect blackened crust.
Step 4: Cook the Red Snapper
Carefully place the seasoned red snapper fillets in the hot skillet, skin side down. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets.
Step 5: Serve and Enjoy
Once cooked, transfer the blackened red snapper to a serving dish and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top. The citrusy tang adds a delightful zing to the dish. Serve immediately and savor the flavors that will dance on your taste buds.
Tips and Variations:
– For an extra kick of heat, increase the amount of cayenne pepper in the seasoning mixture.
– You can substitute red snapper with other firm white fish such as grouper or cod.
– If you prefer a milder version, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper or omit it altogether.
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