Blackening (cooking)

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Blackened fish (right)

Blackening is a cooking technique used in the preparation of fish and other foods. Often associated with Cajun cuisine, this technique was popularized by chef Paul Prudhomme.[1] The food is dipped in melted butter and then sprinkled with a mixture of herbs and spices, usually some combination of thyme, oregano, chili pepper, peppercorns, salt, garlic powder and oregano flavored onion powder.[2] It is then cooked in a very hot cast-iron skillet.[2][3] The characteristic brown-black color of the crust results from a combination of browned milk solids from the butter and charred spices.[4]

While the original recipe calls for redfish (Red drum),[3] the same method of preparation can be applied to other types of fish and other protein sources, such as steak, chicken cutlets or tofu.


  1. ^ Herbst, S.T.; Herbst, R. (2007). The Food Lover's Companion (Fourth ed.). Barron's Educational Series.
  2. ^ a b O'Neill, Molly. "Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish". The New York Times: Cooking. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "blackened". Food Encyclopedia. Television Food Network, G.P. Retrieved 26 Oct 2011.
  4. ^ "Restodontê | Descubra receitas a partir de seus ingredientes". Restodontê (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 17 March 2018.