In an effort to eat healthier, we have incorporated more fish into our diet. Well, I have incorporated the fish and the rest of the family enjoys the benefits as well. So far, I haven’t had a lot of resistance and Maddie, my five year old, actually comes home from school every day wanting to share a nice can of King Oscar Brisling Sardines. As far as sardines go, they’re the best. I’m actually really excited to have a kid to share this tradition with. My dad used to kick back with a can and I’d hover around like a baby bird wanting to get my fill.
Eating better is nice, but it actually stems from trying to eliminate nightshade vegetables from my diet in an effort to reduce inflammation. Autoimmune diseases are no pleasure cruises and it’s about time I try to monitor what I eat.
Today was a bit challenging as I wanted blackened fish, but most blackening seasonings contain paprika and cayenne, two delicious nightshades. I quickly looked up a nightshade free blackening seasoning recipe and decided I could make something taste halfway decent. Granted, I only scanned the ingredients on Seaweed Girl’s Blog. It was the first thing I saw on Google. Though I’m not a ginger dynamo, the flavor is growing on me and today was a nice day to experiment.
If you want a zesty bed of kale, this worked out well. I didn’t really follow the directions that closely. Be sure to add about a half teaspoon of minced fresh ginger when you add the garlic. Niiice.
I went with steelhead trout again. I think it just has an amazing flavor. I scraped the scales and coated the fillets with extra virgin olive oil.
Ingredients for Blackening Seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon peel (I found it on the spice aisle. It’s granulated and worked nicely.)
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Combine ingredients. Simple.
Liberally rub seasoning into fish and allow to marinate 30 minutes. I just left mine on the counter on butcher paper and continued prepping the rest of the meal.
Heat cast iron skillet. It has to be hot to get the coating to crust. Science happens right before your eyes as your food undergoes the magic that is the maillard reaction.
Place fillets flesh side down and make sure they make good contact with the skillet. (If you have a lot of fish, you’ll need to work in batches.) Allow to sear for three minutes. You don’t want to fiddle with it and end up with a broken mess.
Turn fish over and allow to sear an additional two or three minutes. It really depends on how thick your fillets are.
Remove from heat. Enjoy.