blackened fresh fish

blackened fish

Cooking fresh fish is EZ PZ! And, this blackened fish fresh from the waters is perfect for a gourmet meal right at home! Super simple recipe!

Baking Whole Fish in Oven

Baking whole fish in the oven doesn’t get any easier than this blackened fresh fish recipe. 

Baked Whole Fish Recipes Easy

Some may think that baked whole fish recipes aren’t easy. But, I’m here to dispel that idea. Once you watch my video and see how easy it is, I’m hoping you’ll buy whole fresh fish and give it a try! 

Recipes Seafood Appetizers

Don’t think that this blackened fresh fish is just an entree! It’s one of those recipes for seafood appetizers that works well and is simple. Serve the flaky fish on small plates with some saltines or other crackers, hot sauce and dips. It’s sure to be a hit! 

How to Cook Trout

Flaky white fish like cod, grouper, catfish, snapper are perfect for baking. But, for me, I’m throwing into the mix trout, too! If you want to know how to cook trout, look no further than your oven. 

How to Bake a Fish

If someone asks me how to bake a fish, I’ll say, make it simple. When you have fresh whole fish, you don’t need much more to make it tasty. You want to ensure that the finished temperature of your cooked fish is 145 degrees. The flesh meat should be flaky and easily pull off with a fork. 

Baked Whole Trout Recipes

It’s really easy to do baked whole trout recipes or even skillet steam trout recipes, too. Here are a two popular ones on my website. In under 30 minutes you’ll be feasting on divine flavors! 

Skillet Steam Fresh Mountain Trout
Fresh Herb Mountain Trout
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English Cucumber Galette

How to Cook Whole Rainbow Trout

You certainly have a variety of ‘how to cook whole rainbow trout’ techniques. And, that applies to other kinds of whole trout and fish. For me, I like the oven and baking it. But, I have steamed a whole fish in the skillet on the stovetop. And, that was quite tasty and easy. 

One of the important things in cooking your fish is to preserve those very essential Omega-3 fatty acids, and when you bake fish, you have a better retention of the vitamins, vitamin D, and omega-3 fats. 

Baked Trout Recipe

A baked trout recipe is not the only way to cook fish. You’ve got to consider whether you’re dealing with a whole fish or a fish filet. Here are some of the ways to cook fish.

Baking: This is the easiest and most simple method.

Broiling: Also easy and perfect for more thin filets of fish. Place the pan about 10-12 inches from the broiler. Doesn’t take long to cook. 

Poaching: Another good way to cook really ‘firm’ fish filets. 

Steaming: This method works well on the stovetop or in the oven. Your fish certainly won’t dry out. 

Grilling: Flaky filets aren’t recommended. Firm fish Salmon is great. Skin on which holds the meat together. A wood plank will add some great flavor! 

blackened fish

blackened fish

blackened fresh fish

Yield: Serves 2-3 people


  • Preheat oven to 425
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbl. Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp. cayenne
  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 ½ to 3 lbs. fresh whole fish
  • Fresh flat parsley, roughly chopped
  • Lemon wedges for serving


In a small bowl or measuring cup, blend together well all the spices and oil.

Score the fish on both slides of the flesh. Work the blackening seasoning mixture into the flesh of the fish and the cavity of the fish.

Place the fish on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

Bake in a preheated 425 oven, uncovered, for 23 to 28 minutes or until the fish meat is flaky and can be removed with a fork.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges.


Don't want to make the blackening seasoning mixture with all these spices? Buy a 'blackened seasoning mixture' and mix two to three tablespoons of it in the oil. I love the Old Bay blackened seasoning mixture. You could also use a Cajun or Creole seasoning mixture in the oil.

If you're not using whole fish, then your cooking time will vary depending upon the type of fish and size of the filets.

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  1. I LOVE the blackened shrimp recipe in your cookbook, Ally. Will have to give this one a go, too, since TMOFW keeps catching fresh fish onshore. (Lucky me… 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Yes yes, LUCKY DUCKY you, Kimmmeee! I’m getting ready to post another recipe for fried fish…like R, B loves to fish and what can we do? Fix those fish into our yummmy recipes!! xoxo

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