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Blackened Fish with Cajun Rice

Cajun fish with Dirty Rice

You can get this fish on the table in under 15 minutes. Cut back on the cayenne if you donʼt like it too spicy, it will still be delicious.

Don't forget to mix up your cajun seasoning per our recipe below if you don't have a blend.

Start by making a big batch of cajun spice by mixing 1 tablespoon each paprika, onion powder, and oregano, with a teaspoon each cayenne, salt and pepper (less cayenne if you don’t like heat).

We make the rice like a fried rice, so you can prep everything ahead and then just cook everything fresh together in minutes.

We loaded with rice with veggies even greens, but you can include whatever veggies you like or leave out the ones you don’t like. 

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  • 4Servings


Cajun Rice

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 peppers, chopped (any color) 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning 
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste 
  • 4 cups cooked long grain brown or red rice, refrigerated 
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained 
  • 2 cups collards or other greens, chopped, optional 

Quick and Easy Blackened Fish

  • 4 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • Four 6-ounce tilapia or other white fish fillets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


 1. Place a large sauté pan over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon evoo and saute onion, celery, and peppers. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Add garlic, cajun seasoning, and tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently, until fragrant and toasted.

2. Add 1 tablespoon evoo, rice and beans, stirring until everything is mixed and hot.

3. Add remaining tablespoon evoo and collards if using and saute until everything is combined. Serve hot. 

Quick and Easy Blackened Fish

1. On a flat plate, pour out the seasoning.

2. Press fish fillets into the spice rub to evenly coat on both sides.

3. Heat evoo in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the fish and cook until blackened and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Serve with veggie rice. 

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 325
  • Carbohydrate Content: 50 g
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Protein Content: 6 g
  • Sugar Content: 4 g